Skipping Breakfast Causes Weight Gain

Far from making you fat, breakfast actually helps activate your metabolism so you start burning fat from the instant you start your day. It also gives you the energy you need to face the day ahead of you.
Skipping Breakfast Causes Weight Gain
Valeria Sabater

Written and verified by psychologist Valeria Sabater.

Last update: 27 May, 2022

According to the Spanish Agency of Consumer Affairs, Food Security, and Nutrition, almost 30% of the population is skipping breakfast. Instead, they have a coffee when they get to work, to give one example. It’s surprising, isn’t it? Something even more troubling is that only 3% of children today are regularly eating healthy breakfasts.

Most of us – children included – generally limit ourselves to a glass of milk and a pastry. It’s sweet, rich, instantly satisfying, and gives you a little energy when you’re leaving the house. But what’s the long-term impact of that? Well, day after day, the population is becoming more obese.

Another misconception that we’re here to clear up today is the belief that to lose weight, you’re better off skipping breakfast. Today, we’re going to explain what can happen to your body if you skip the first meal of the day. Hopefully this information will help you make the right choice from now on.

Did you know that skipping breakfast can actually cause weight gain?

This might surprise you, but the justifications you generally hear from people who leave home without eating breakfast fall into the following categories:

  • Lack of time
  • Had a large dinner the night before
  • Want to lose a few pounds

If any of these sounds familiar to you, you should understand what kinds of consequences this “fast” can have for your health.

  • Starting the day without any food has a direct link to a drop in energy, poor intellectual performance, fatigue, and moodiness. Did you know that your brain needs about 20% of the total energy you consume to function normally? That’s why if you don’t get enough nutrients and vitamins you can feel sluggish and get headaches, causing you to perform poorly at work.
  • People who skip breakfast often have constipation.
  • Skipping breakfast causes what professionals call a “metabolic syndrome,” or a build-up of fat, usually in the abdominal area. This is mostly because when your body senses a lack of food it activates enzymes that stockpile fat. Far from losing weight, your body is actually collecting all the lipids and fats it can and storing them for later. The abdomen happens to be one of its favorite spots for that.
  • Abdominal fat can lead also to higher levels of triglycerides, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. All of these can eventually cause serious heart problems.
  • According to an interesting study conducted at Harvard University’s School of Public Health in Boston, men who leave the house without breakfast or only have a coffee in the morning are at a higher risk for heart attacks after several years.

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As you can see, skipping breakfast is risky. Not only does it slow down your metabolism, but by building up fat in certain parts of the body you can also develop more serious problems down the road. So, be sure to eat your breakfast!

Six tips for healthy breakfasts that won’t cause you to gain weight

Skipping Breakfast

1. Incorporate whole grains

Oats, for example, are one of the best healthy breakfast options out there. Having oatmeal with some slices of apple and grapes makes for a delicious alternative to skipping breakfast. Rye bread is another great choice. Some natural plum jam and fresh squeezed orange juice will turn it into one of your favorite parts of the day.

2. Try a little protein – are you surprised?

You must already know that protein is essential for building muscle mass. What good is losing weight if your skin hangs off your bones? A healthy breakfast should include some kind of protein, like a hard-boiled egg. It can be absolutely delicious drizzled with a little olive oil. You could also make a simple spinach omelet.

3. Milk, tea, or coffee?

We usually recommend having plant-based milks made from almonds, oats, rice, or other nuts. They’re lactose free for the intolerant and also provide lots of energy. They also work great as creamers for your coffee, or even for your green tea. You can’t go wrong with them.

4. Eat some fruit

Do you want to know which fruit is the best for breakfast? Whichever fruit you like the best. It could be green apples, pears, kiwis and strawberries, sliced papaya, or pineapple. Ideally, you should be eating fruits that are fresh. If you’re wondering if you can have fruit juices instead, remember that juices almost always have added sugar. So, it’s better to eat a piece of the raw fruit with its skin or peel.

5. Don’t forget the nuts!

You can eat a handful of nuts every day – you can add them to just about anything, and they give you an excellent dose of magnesium and healthy fatty acids like omega-3.

6. Say “yes” to probiotics

One of the best choices is plain Greek yogurt with no added sugar. It gets your metabolism going and also replenishes the healthy intestinal bacteria that help your digestion.

So now you know… never leave home without breakfast!

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.