If you skip breakfast, you probably get reamed out by everyone for not eating "the most important meal of the day."

But recent studies show that it is in fact, not important at all.

One study was to examine the effect of breakfast on weight loss. The study contained three groups: one group ate breakfast every day, one did not, and the other continued their usual habits (some always ate breakfast, some did not).

After sixteen weeks, the participants in the study were weighed, and no one had any significant weight loss, at least nothing more than a pound or so.

Another study examined metabolic rates, and cholesterol and blood sugar levels in 33 participants, split into two groups: one group was told to eat breakfast every day and the other group was told not to. They wore activity monitors as well.

The participants were examined six weeks later, and there were no significant changes in any of them. The only difference in the group, as shown by the activity monitors, was that those who ate breakfast seemed to be more active in the morning, burning around 500 calories more than the non-breakfast eaters. But of course, those who ate breakfast also ate around 500 more calories a day because of their breakfast.

Although the studies conducted were rather short-term, the results seem to show that breakfast can no longer carry its title of "most important meal of the day."


Source: NYTimes