Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Breakfast has earned the caption of "most important meal of the day" by most of the general public, but is this accurate?  Well put simply...no.


First an foremost the most important dietary variable is your caloric intake/your energy balance.   If you want to lose weight then you must be in an energy deficit, if you want to gain weight you must be in a calorie surplus.  If you believe you are in an energy deficit and you're not losing weight, it means you are not actually in an energy deficit, either your metabolism has adapted to your current caloric intake, or...you are lying to yourself/not tracking accurately.


So, back to Breakfast. A study by Dhurandhar et al. (2014) states “A recommendation to eat or skip breakfast contrary to widely espoused views, had no discernable effect on weight loss in free-living adults who were attempting to lose weight”.  So if we take into consideration that we know calorie intake is key for weight loss/gain and put the research to it, we can come to the conclusion that skipping breakfast is not going to hurt you AND may help you achieve a caloric deficit


The best diet is the diet that you can adhere to.  If you're looking to lose weight, then you must be in an energy deficit so you must find a way to achieve this without imposing on your life too much.  I am not telling you to skip breakfast, just showing how that is an option and that the myth "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" is not true. If you are hungry at breakfast then eat. However, if you are not hungry, do not guilt trip yourself into eating something because some muppet on the news says you should.


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