Why Eating Breakfast Can Help You Lose Weight FasterPosted: May 25, 2011 in Healthy Eating by Craig Primack MD FACP
You might have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but may not know exactly why that is. Many medical weight loss patients find that eating a healthy and well balanced breakfast is an integral part of their weight loss plan. There are several reasons for this, but the bottom line is that if you are trying to lose weight, eating breakfast will help you to do so. The best part of eating a healthy breakfast is that it will actually help you lose weight faster than if you had skipped breakfast all together.
Skipping breakfast is a bad idea because it will often leave you very hungry by mid-morning. This leads to the inevitable binges — those times when the pastry or candy bar is all too convenient and tempting. Even if you don’t binge before lunch you may potentially eat far too much at lunch time since your stomach is clamoring so desperately for food by that time.
Eating breakfast also helps you lose weight faster because it gives your body the fuel it needs to move through the day. The more energy you have, the more active you are likely to stay during the day. When you don’t eat breakfast, you have an empty fuel tank. When your car is out of gas it isn’t going to keep driving no matter how hard you press the gas petal, your body works essentially the same way; you can’t go anywhere without fuel in the tank. Skipping breakfast has been clearly shown to cause a lowered rate of physical activity, so this is the time when eating really does pay off for weight loss!