Should we be eating breakfast every day?
Breakfast has been hailed as the most important meal of the day since the 90’s but over time consumption of breakfast has actually declined.
Eating breakfast depends on individual preference, for some it may be useful to get energy in the morning and for others skipping breakfast may work for them. There is no right or wrong when it comes to eating breakfast and it ultimately does depend on personal choice.
If you think about breakfast, it is the first meal eaten after a long duration on an empty stomach and it has the possibility to decrease the risk of weight gain as a result of many metabolic systems in our body, for example reduced hunger hormone ghrelin.
However, the research is limited to support that eating breakfast aids weight loss and some findings show that missing breakfast does not cause a larger appetite in the day and overall calorie intake is higher in those consuming breakfast.
Whilst research remains unclear between breakfast and weight loss, wider healthy lifestyle and food choices can improve overall health especially when it comes to maintaining weight and reducing risk of non-communicable diseases.
Let’s look at some of the benefits of eating breakfast…
Tips to help you eat breakfast
There are so many breakfast options to choose from. Check out the inspo below:
My verdict on eating breakfast
Everyone’s food choices are different and if breakfast works for you go for it! Consuming a morning breakfast is part of my morning routine and I notice the difference in my energy levels, concentration, hunger levels and it keeps me going till my next meal. Maybe that will be the same for you too!
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Healthy Breakfast Food Fact Sheet | British Dietetic Association (BDA)
The Big Breakfast Study: Chrono‐nutrition influence on energy expenditure and bodyweight – Ruddick‐Collins – 2018 – Nutrition Bulletin – Wiley Online Library
Eating breakfast may not be a good strategy for weight loss | BMJ
Effect of breakfast on weight and energy intake: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials | The BMJ 2019
Healthy breakfasts (for people who hate breakfast) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Association between Breakfast Skipping and Body Weight—A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Observational Longitudinal Studies Julia Wicherski 1, Sabrina Schlesinger 2 and Florian Fischer 3,4,* 2021https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7832891/