The Breakfast Breakdown
Oxygen|Winter 2020
Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? Here’s what research reveals.

Colloquially, breakfast is defined as your first meal of the day and is traditionally eaten in the morning upon waking. But what if you wake up at noon on a Sunday or you work the night shift and get up at 5 p.m. — is your first meal still known as breakfast, and is it still considered the most important meal of the day? Answer: It depends on your goals.

GOAL: Weight Loss or Fat Loss

A recent study published in the journal BMJ looked at the effects of eating vs. not eating breakfast on energy expenditure and weight change by reviewing 13 controlled trials that took place over the course of nearly 30 years. The researchers’ findings revealed that when it comes to weight loss, breakfast may not be so awesome: Study participants who did not eat breakfast ended up eating slightly less at the end of that day than those who did enjoy their eggs.

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