Skipping breakfast has previously been linked to heart disease, but skipping breakfast could also be a good weight-loss strategy if you are calorie counting – you don’t tend to be able to catch up with the missing calories later on.
Cornell professor David Levitsky is concerned about this, and noted (as we probably all have), “We in nutrition seem to put out contradictory diet messages.”
Researchers at Cornell had student volunteers either eat or skip breakfast in their food lab, and then the researchers measured what those people ate the rest of the day. The volunteers were not told what the exact reason for the study was, but by the end of the day, those who went without breakfast had eaten an average of 408 fewer calories.
“Undoubtedly the biggest medical problem we have is related to weight,” Levitsky said. “What we have to learn how to do is to eat less.”
You might think that means that the result is no breakfast = weight loss + heart disease, but that may not necessarily be true. Heavier people are more likely to skip breakfast – but heavier people are more likely to have a form of cardiovascular disease.
As we’ve noted before, it is better to take preventative measures before you are too far down the road of no return.