The Breakfast Debate: Does Skipping Cause Weight Gain?

Anyone who is conscious about their weight is well aware of the basic things to do and not to do. Don't overeat, don't skip meals, do exercise. But, with everyone in the world having their own unique personality, it is difficult to put people into a box of do's and dont's that are sure to provide the perfect path for reaching their weight loss goals. Skipping breakfast has been shunned for a variety of reasons. It's been known to set the tone for your day, providing the energy you need to get going. It encourages people to create a routine, it kickstarts your metabolism, and it may keep you from overeating at your next meal. Even the U.S. Dietary Guidelines says so, stating that “not eating breakfast has been associated with excess body weight.” But if you're someone who skips breakfast regularly, and your waistline is fine, you may be wondering if this is really true.   Just like many nutritional tips, the bit about breakfast is merely a scientific speculation, not a cold hard fact. And there have been a plethora of studies conducted to contradict the findings, too. A paper published last year by researchers from Columbia University found that "In overweight individuals, skipping breakfast daily for 4 weeks leads to a reduction in body weight.” A New York study conducted several years ago found that, at 8:30am for four weeks, when one group of subjects got oatmeal, another given frosted corn flakes and a third given nothing, it was the group that skipped their morning meal who lost weight. And this year, as the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are being updated, there is cause for question as to whether the breakfast recommendation will be changed.   Do you find that eating breakfast has aided in your weight loss? What other beneficial outcomes does it provide for you? Or do you skip breakfast and feel just fine? Source: The Independent    

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