More and more studies support the concept that skipping breakfast does not help in weight loss. In contrast, it aggravates the weight loss plan. Imagine the scenario when you start the day on an empty stomach. You feel un-energetic and irritable. At lunch break, you gorge yourself to steaks, pasta, chicken, or pork. At most times, people do not have control over their weight and cravings when they skip breakfast.
In a study recorded by National Weight Control Registry, participants who have maintained weight loss of 30 pounds for more than a year shows that eating breakfast keeps them slimmer. People who eat breakfast have the tendency to eat fewer calories, less saturated fats and cholesterol. They also show to have better overall nutritional status than breakfast skippers do.
In a survey initiated by Nielsen entitled National Eating Trends disclosed that women who have cereals on a regular basis weigh about nine pounds lesser than those who rarely have cereal or not at all. On the part of men, the survey concludes that men who eat breakfast weighed six pounds lighter than men who do not eat breakfast.
Health Professionals explained that when a person skips breakfast, the metabolic rate slows down and the blood sugar drops too. As a result, the person feels hungry and has less energy to carry out. Eventually, the individual decides to have snacks on high-sweets or to eat extra servings or bigger portions at lunchtime and dinner.
On the contrary, when a person eats breakfast, the body is nourished and satisfied. There are greater chances of not overeating at lunchtime or dinner. In a study initiated by Harvard University, the researchers found that volunteers who eat whole-grain cereals everyday are 17% less likely to die over the next year from any cause (except accidents and negligence), 20% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease compared to those who rarely or never eat whole-grain cereals.
Cereals that use whole grain or bran as their ingredient and contain two grams of dietary fiber per serving are a healthy choice. Bran Cereals and oatmeal have seven grams of fiber per serving.
The National Weight Control Registry reported that people who successfully lose 30 pounds and are able to keep the weight off between one year and six months are habitual breakfast eaters. 78% of them acknowledged eating breakfast everyday while 90% of them said they eat breakfast five days a week.
Dr. Elizabeth Politi, MD shared that among her clients, breakfast eaters are able to lose weight and gain control over their weight for a long period of time.