Breakfast Myths

breakfast mythsBreakfast means many different things to many different people.  Some people may grab a quick cup of coffee or a granola or protein bar for their commute to work.  Others may sit down to a big breakfast of eggs, bacon, pancakes and whatever else sounds good that day. Many people skip breakfast altogether. But how does eating breakfast, or not, really affect weight loss, energy and appetite throughout the day?  Some research from the Mayo Clinic discusses some of the biggest breakfast myths.

  1. Breakfast is essential for weight loss. This is a myth.  Recent research has found that breakfast doesn’t have a direct effect on dropping pounds.  A study of 300 overweight individuals was divided into groups. One group was told to eat breakfast and another group was told to miss the meal.  After tracking weight for 16 weeks, those who had eaten breakfast didn’t lose any more weight than those who didn’t.
  2. Don’t eat boxed cereals. This is a myth.  Yes, you should skip the sweetened cereals that have no nutritional value. But studies have found that eating whole grain cereal can lower cholesterol.  Choose cereals with oat and barley mixes and keep an eye on the cholesterol levels.
  3. Eat a meal before your a.m. workout. This partly true.  The whole truth is that food will increase your energy, but you need to consider your activity. Eating a breakfast will give you more energy if you are going to be involved in physical activity and it may motivate you to move.
  4. Eating breakfast will help you to eat less later in the afternoon. This is also a partial myth.  Eating breakfast is not guaranteed to reduce calorie intake in the afternoon, but it does release chemicals to the brain and can also steady glucose levels.  Eating foods high in protein will also help to reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day.
  5. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Myth. The reality is that you shouldn’t concentrate on just one meal, but on what you eat over the course of the day. Weight loss isn’t necessarily tied to breakfast habits.  Total calorie intake between all your meals is what matters.

The 5 Biggest Breakfast Myths|CNN