Dieting myth: Skipping breakfast can help you lose weight

Published on the 30th May, 2011 by Azmina

Just think about this… Your body has gone through an overnight fast and when you break that fast in the morning, you kick start your engine. This allows your brain to get its food for performance and if it doesn’t get this, it will have to find ways of getting it. So you sort of become more attracted to food; you are likely to feel hungry and be tempted to eat so that your blood glucose (sugar) and brain glucose, your brain’s performance fuel, go up quickly. It’s usually unhealthy high sugar foods that have the fastest effect on your blood glucose.

Research shows that missing breakfast can lead to imbalanced eating thought the day. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (2003) suggests that people who eat breakfast tend to have a lower BMI than skippers. An ongoing study of people from the US National Weight Control Registry who have kept their weight off for more than a year shows a correlation between breakfast eaters and weight loss.

Skipping breakfast may mean you spend the day having mindless nibbles whereas if you stock up on fuel at the beginning of the day, you are less likely to munch on unhealthy mid-morning snacks.