Calorie Control and why skipping breakfast can actually help
It's well known nowadays that you need to control your caloric intake in order to lose fat. But you don't have to precisely track your calories to have control over your nutrition.
Taking measures to decrease your portion sizes and the amount of food you eat goes a long way. Skipping breakfast may be a good approach for some people seeking to moderate their food intake. Skipping breakfast is a common part of many intermittent fasting programs. Whenever people fast for the bigger part of the day and skip breakfast, they tend to lose body fat because they do not eat as much as they normally would.
Is it true that breakfast eaters tend to be healthier?
There are studies to show that breakfast eaters tend to be healthier. For example, they are less likely to be overweight/obese, and have a lower risk of several chronic diseases.
For this reason, many experts have claimed that breakfast must be good for you.
However, these studies are so-called observational studies and they can not prove that the breakfast itself causes us to be healthier.
Chances are that breakfast eaters have other healthy lifestyle habits that can explain this. For example, people who eat breakfast also tend to eat a healthier diet, with more fiber and micronutrients.
On the other hand, people who skip breakfast tend to smoke more, drink more alcohol and exercise less. Perhaps these are the reasons that breakfast eaters are healthier and may not have anything to do with breakfast itself.
Will skipping breakfast slow or speed up my metabolism?
For those concerned, skipping breakfast won't "slow down" or "jump start" your metabolic rate but there's also nothing magical about skipping breakfast. Remember, it's just a way to control your food intake. You could also moderate your food intake by;
- eating less later in the day or
- decreasing the amount of food you eat each meal. When it comes to sustainable fat loss, there isn't one "right" approach. The key is to experiment with different approaches and find what suits you best.
At the end of the day, breakfast is optional, and it all boils down to personal preference.
If you feel hungry in the morning and you like breakfast, go ahead and eat a healthy breakfast. A protein-rich breakfast is best.
However, if you don't feel hungry in the morning and don't feel that you need breakfast, then don't eat it. It's as simple as that.