Breakfast Eaters Tend to Have Healthier Habits?
It’s true, many studies show that breakfast eaters tend to be
For example, they are less likely to be overweight/obese, and have a
lower risk of several chronic diseases (2, 3, 4).
For this reason, many experts have claimed that breakfast must be good
However, these studies are so-called observational studies, which can
not demonstrate causation.
These studies show that people who eat breakfast are more likely to be
healthier, but they can not prove that the breakfast itself caused it.
Eating Breakfast Does Not Boost Your Metabolism?
Whether you eat or skip breakfast has no effect on the amount of
calories you burn throughout the day. This is a myth.
Skipping Breakfast Does Not Cause Weight Gain?
Higher-quality studies show that it makes no difference whether people
eat or skip breakfast. Skipping breakfast makes you eat more at lunch,
but not enough to compensate for the breakfast you skipped.
Skipping Breakfast May Even Have Some Health Benefits
Skipping breakfast is a common part of many intermittent fasting
This includes the 16/8 method, which consists of a 16-hour overnight
fast followed by an 8-hour eating window.
This eating window usually ranges from lunch until dinner, which means
that you skip breakfast every day.
Intermittent fasting has been shown to effectively reduce calorie
intake, increase weight loss and improve metabolic health.
However, it’s important to mention that intermittent fasting and/or
skipping breakfast does not suit everyone. The effects vary by
But Breakfast is Optional. The evidence is clear, there is nothing “special” about breakfast. It does not matter whether you eat or skip breakfast, as long as you are not starving and eat healthy for the rest of the day.
Breakfast does not “jump start” your metabolism and skipping it does not automatically make you overeat and gain weight.
This is a myth, based on observational studies that have since been proven wrong in randomized controlled trials (real science).
At the end of the day, breakfast is optional, and it all boils down to personal preference.