All of us have heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Many health experts will tell you this morning meal is the key to weight loss.
But now some new research is showing it won’t actually wreck your weight loss plan or cause you to gain weight.
A recent study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham doesn’t scientifically support “eating by the clock.”
Researcher Dr. David Allison and colleagues compared the results of nearly 100 studies examining weight change and breakfast consumption.
Madelyn Fernstrom, The Today Show’s diet and nutrition editor, said they found the scientific data lacking to definitively support a link between eating breakfast and weight loss, or skipping breakfast and weight gain.
Researchers said there was no clear “cause and effect.”
Fernstrom said, the bottom line is, let your stomach be your guide.
Eating breakfast is just one positive habit that can support, but not replace, an overall weight loss effort.
It’s the total effort that counts most for weight loss, including daily modest calorie reductions, daily walking, adequate sleep and stress management, according to Fernstrom.
The timing and calorie and nutrient content is also important, as well as an individual’s personal daily schedule.
She said, in other words, you don’t need to wake up, bleary-eyed to prepare a breakfast of scrambled eggs, especially if you are not hungry.
A simple breakfast can be as easy as a large skim-milk latte sometime in the morning.
If you are a person who wakes up and forages for food first thing, a healthy, calorie-controlled breakfast is best.
Fernstrom said many people successfully balance the breakfast issue by skipping it altogether or having a small meal of around 100 calories and then an early lunch to avoid being over-hungry, which often leads to overeating later.