More than 2,300 adults who have lost an average of 70 pounds and kept it off for six years eat breakfast daily.
This statistic comes from 2,959 members of the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR):
Cereal (hot or cold) and fruit is the most common breakfast among NWCR members.
Three common reasons people give for not eating breakfast are: (1) not having time, (2) not feeling hungry in the morning, or (3) wanting to save calories to lose weight.
Solution: Eat something simple that doesn’t require cooking. For example, eat a banana and yogurt. Breakfast doesn’t have to be a time-consuming sit-down meal.
Solution: Start with something small like a piece of fruit. Pretty soon, you’ll probably notice you start to feel hungry without it.
Solution: Eat breakfast! Skipping breakfast doesn’t mean you’ll cut calories or lose weight:
- Skipping breakfast doesn’t mean you’ll save calories. Members who ate breakfast actually ended up consuming roughly the same number of calories during the day as those who didn’t.
- Skipping breakfast doesn’t mean you’ll lose weight. As cited above, 78% of members who lost weight and kept if off ate breakfast daily.
There are many reasons to eat breakfast including the fact that it might give you more energy for exercise.
Source: Wyatt HR, Grunwald GK, Mosca CL, Klem ML, Wing RR, Hill JO. Long-term weight loss and breakfast in subjects in the National Weight Control Registry. Obesity Research 2002 Feb;10(2):78-82.
Members of the NWCR who ate breakfast at least 4 days a week also got more exercise. They burned roughly 265 more calories per day than those who didn’t eat breakfast as often!
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