We asked and they answered. Five out of five Frederick Regional Health System (FMH) dietitians agree: eating breakfast is a must.
“We all agree that breakfast has been proven to help people control their appetites throughout the day and has been implicated in successful weight loss strategies for ages,” says FMH Registered Dietitian Emily Spear.
The International Food Information Council Foundation’s Breakfast and Health Review 2008 came to the same conclusion, stating “adults who skip breakfast in hopes of shedding a few pounds may discover that this tactic backfires. In fact, skipping breakfast may lead to increased risk for obesity, higher [body mass index] BMI, and an increased risk for weight gain, while eating breakfast may aid in weight management.”
So, now that you know breakfast is an important way to manage your weight, what’s your go-to breakfast staple? Share with the group in the Comments section!
Consumer Reports asked the same question recently of 1,234 U.S. residents 21 and older. Of the respondents, 22% had skipped breakfast entirely. Older people were more likely to eat breakfast (93% of people 75 or older, just 72% of those younger than 30).
Of those who ate breakfast, Consumer Reports found that people who ate their morning meals at home were more likely to have a lower BMI than those who got food from a restaurant or other location outside the home. They also found men were more likely to eat breakfast meat and women were more likely to eat yogurt.
A few more statistics from the breakfast eaters:
- 42% ate fruit
- 29% ate cold cereal (Cheerios was the runaway favorite)
- 22% ate eggs or egg substitutes
- 14% ate peanut butter or other nut products
- 10% ate breakfast bars
Want to get a great metabolism boost out of your breakfast? Be sure you’re eating complex carbohydrates and protein in your morning meal. Spear says if you choose refined carbohydrates (like a pastry or low-fiber cereal) you’ll be hungry well before lunchtime.
Try giving your Cheerios an extra fiber boost with banana slices on top, or put some peanut butter on your whole wheat toast to add protein!