We’re jealous if your family had Disney-style breakfasts that included eggs, fruit, pancakes and orange juice. It’s difficult to get up in the morning and have breakfast before you rush to work.
Although breakfast is often referred to as the “most important meal of each day,” it is not true. It was a common belief until recently. Some research about breakfast may be biased.
Take a look at a 2020 research paper published by Obesity Research and Clinical Practice. To determine if breakfast had an impact on weight loss, the scientists looked at 45 studies. The majority of studies showed that people who skip breakfast were more likely than those who ate it. These results held true for all races, genders, and economic classes.
Until you look at the studies, it seems pretty convincing. The studies were observational and the researchers did not intervene. They asked people to rate how often they eat breakfast and then measured their weight. It was found that those who eat breakfast more often are less likely to be overweight.
Compare this study to a paper published by the British Medical Journal in 2019 The researchers looked at 13 experiments. This means that they divided the participants into two groups. One group was to have breakfast and one was to skip it. In these trials, the group that skipped breakfast lost more weight than the one that ate it.
This tale of dueling research shows how observational research can skew our view on breakfast. It’s clear that breakfast-eating people tend to be less weighed. But why? Experimental studies have shown that breakfast is not the cause. One possible explanation is that breakfast is advertised as healthy, so people who are more conscious about their health eat it.
You don’t have to go to the fridge to get your yogurt and eggs. However, breakfast may not be as good as you think. Try eating breakfast in the morning if you don’t eat breakfast often. You may not like the idea of starting your day with a meal. Try skipping breakfast for a few days to see how it feels. You will notice the changes, and you’ll be able to decide if the new way is better.