I was having a conversation with my friend the other day and the topic of breakfast came up. I mentioned how I had to skip breakfast that day because I overslept and that it caused me to feel groggy in the afternoon. All of a sudden my friend goes off. He has a rant about how everything we have been told is a lie and that breakfast is actually horrible for you.
Now, my friend is pretty dramatic at times and my whole life I have been told that breakfast is good for me, so I was a little skeptical of what he was saying. But, I decided to do some of my own research to see if he was telling the truth.
What I Found
After doing some reading, I realized that the topic of breakfast is a lot more confusing than it seems.
Some researchers say that eating breakfast is good for you because it promotes weight loss. At the same time, other researchers say the exact opposite and that it promotes weight gain.
The breakfast supporters say that if you fuel yourself in the morning, you are less likely to snack throughout the day and that you are more likely to have a smaller lunch.
Whereas the breakfast opponents say that even if you eat breakfast, you will still be snacking throughout the day and the size of your lunch won’t change.
You see how this can get confusing right?
The same holds true for whether these arguments are about your energy levels or metabolism. There are researchers on both sides of the argument.
So, Who is Right?
As crazy as it sounds, both sides of the argument seem to be right.
How is this possible? Well, it depends on the research. The problem is that most of these research designs didn’t specify what breakfast was.
Some people may consider an apple and a glass of water in the morning a normal breakfast while other people might just consider this a snack. As a result, if a group of people ate the same thing in the morning, some of them would say that they skipped breakfast while others would say that they ate breakfast.
So, there should be some more research to get more accurate results.
Should You Eat Breakfast or Not?
If you are still struggling with this decision, I recommend you do whatever works best for you.
If you regularly eat breakfast and like your routine, keep doing it. The same goes for if you regularly skip breakfast.
Personally, I am a breakfast person and I don’t plan on changing that any time soon.
Are you a breakfast eater or a breakfast skipper? Let me know in the comments!
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