When it comes to dieting, you will always find opposing views. It’s hard to know what to believe. Remember when eggs were bad for you? And then good for you? And then bad for you again?
It is hard to know which side is the right side and which is the contrarian. I bring this up because the post I wrote just before this one talked about making breakfast the biggest meal of the day if you want to increase your weight loss. Now, after reading that article, I came across this one from vox.com that says eating breakfast is not a good weight loss strategy.
Which one should you believe? I’ll take a look at this Vox article and provide my thoughts below.
Is Breakfast an Important Part of Weight Loss?
The article starts off in the subheader with something that I long knew, which is the myth of “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Do you know where that mantra came from? A cereal company. Did they do any research to make this assertion? No. They simply wanted to sell more cereal, and customers ate it up. The saying about breakfast being the most important meal still persists today, even though it is wrong.
I liken it to a mattress company telling you that the weight of your mattress doubles every 8 years because of the collection of dust and mites and dead skin cells. They say you should replace your mattress every 8 years. Know why? Because then they sell more product! If a mattress kept doubling in weight every so often, there would be some of them out there that would require a forklift to pick up today. It’s simply not true.
Back to the point, there is more research on the myth of breakfast that is debunking the old mantra. In fact, it has been found that eating breakfast does not help with weight loss, and in fact, it may lead to weight gain. Controlled trials, whereby participants either ate breakfast or skipped breakfast, were conducted to find differences between the two groups. One trial followed 300 test subjects for 16 weeks and found that eating breakfast produced no effect on weight loss during the study period.
Simply put, there is no evidence that points to breakfast consumption as promoting weight loss. In fact, skipping breakfast altogether seems to be the formula for weight loss. It can, when done in a healthy way, be a useful strategy in reducing your weight. It is almost like a form of intermittent fasting (hlcomic.com/intermittent-fasting-for-weight-loss/), whereby you observe times of fasting and times of eating.
Overall, I think what is more important than the timing of your meals is what you eat. The nutritional value of the food you consume, and the quantity that you eat (keeping your calorie count in check) will provide the best strategy for reaching your ideal weight. So whether to eat breakfast or not, that is up to you – the point is to just watch what you eat, and how much you eat. Don’t worry so much about the when.