Ask Tami Live: Do You Have to Eat Breakfast to Lose Weight?
Eating a substantial breakfast, chock full of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber, is often touted as an essential way to start the day for those looking to slim down. In this video, Tami Lyon, MPH, RD debunks this diet myth and offers some tips on how to assess whether breakfast makes sense for you.
Are individuals who eat breakfast more likely to lose weight versus individuals who are trying to lose weight and don’t eat breakfast?
When we look at breakfast eaters, they tend to have healthier lifestyles overall, especially having more nutritious and fiber-full diets. Several studies have looked at whether eating breakfast makes a difference in weight loss and they really didn’t find an advantage to eating a morning meal.
The way I look at this is that it’s a very personal decision and you need to look at what works for you. If someone can tolerate not eating breakfast and there are no repercussions in his or her eating patterns later on, skipping breakfast may work for him or her and result in a later pattern of eating. Whereas, for other individuals, having breakfast means not getting too hungry midday, which makes a substantial difference when it comes to consuming fewer calories overall during the day.
But as far as metabolism and if there’s a “magical power” to breakfast, that really hasn’t panned out in the clinical research. Now, what we do find with people who eat breakfast, is that many people do so in order to have the fuel and the energy to go work out.
So if you want to start a workout program but you find that you don’t have enough energy (and don’t eat in the morning), you might consider having breakfast in the morning to get that extra boost. Also, what you have for breakfast can make a big difference. A higher protein breakfast can be much more satisfying than just having a bowl of cereal.
When it comes down to it, you should look at what you’re having, and when you’re having it, to create a meal pattern that works for you to follow through on your dietary goals.