Is It ok to Skip Breakfast When Trying to Lose Weight?

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For many, breakfast consists of a cup of coffee en route to work and maybe a piece of fruit or protein bar. For others it is truly the most important meal and is high in calories and carbs to provide a suitable energy supply until lunch. And then there is the group that completely skips breakfast altogether. So what is right and what is wrong?

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A long and heavily debated topic, breakfast, “the most important meal of the day” is on trial yet again.

It is hard to keep up with revolving door of advice, studies, research and suggestions in the information age. With self-proclaimed specialists and gurus abound, how do you know which bit of information to trust, and what will work best for you?

Every BODY is different and while skipping breakfast for some may boost their metabolism and increase focus, it ignites insatiable cravings and massive weight gain in others.

For many, breakfast consists of a cup of coffee en route to work and maybe a piece of fruit or protein bar. For others it is truly the most important meal and is high in calories and carbs to provide a provide a suitable energy supply until lunch. And then there is the group that completely skips breakfast altogether. So what is right and what is wrong?

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In general, breakfast sets your metabolic tone for the day and when it is skipped, the body has to play catch-up throughout the day, seeking foods high in calories to compensate for the energy intake that wasn’t consumed.

According to a study performed on groups who ate, and didn’t eat, breakfast, it was found that in those who skipped the most important meal of the day that they experienced more intense and insatiable cravings at lunch.

Most westerners consume a light (if any) breakfast, light lunch and large dinner. The problem with this is that due to the natural bio-rhythm of the body and production of melatonin at sundown, the body’s metabolism slows dramatically and that big meal just sits in the body, causing more fat to be absorbed.

If time is an issue and skipping breakfast is simply a habit of convenience, a nutritionist weighs in. JJ Virgin, celebrity nutritionist, author and breakfast advocate states, “I know you’re busy, so breakfast oftentimes takes a back seat to the zillion other tasks that confront you. You’re not going to whip up wild salmon and spinach at 7 a.m. That’s why I love protein shakes. Studies show they can "produce significant sustainable weight loss and improve weight-related risk factors of disease.”

For many, a quick and easy meal replacement will provide the energy, nutrition metabolism support that we need to lose weight safely and healthily. The findings in these studies may or may not relate to your weight loss journey, but with a little research and trial, you can find what works for you in reaching your weight loss goals.

Ultimately, nothing is going to be a one-size-fits-all approach and it is important to listen to your body and observe as you try out different weight loss remedies.

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