Why skipping breakfast makes you put on weight!

Don't want to look like a Sumo?

Don’t want to look like a Sumo? Then keep reading.
Many people believe that if they skip breakfast, that they will have less food in their body for the day and hence lose weight. This weight loss theory is counter-intuitive. Skipping breakfast can actually make you put on weight.

When you wake up, your blood sugar level will be low and your body will need fuel to function properly. When you “Break the fast” you speed up your metabolism and provide your body with energy for starting your day. If you skip breakfast, your body will continue to have that craving for sugary or high calorie foods and snacks. You may also find that you are grumpier until you eat.

In hunter-gatherer days, if there was no food around in the morning, our body would slow down to conserve energy – our metabolisms would slow down. This therefore means that when you eventually do come to snacking or lunch, you will probably have a larger-than-normal meal portion and your body will process slowly.

Sumo Wrestlers purposly skip breakfast so they will put on weight. In 2003 a study found that “if you don’t eat breakfast you are four and a half times more likely to be obese.” If you want to lose weight and don’t want to turn into a Sumo, then you should make breakfast part of your everyday, because it is the most important meal of the day! 🙂

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3 Responses to Why skipping breakfast makes you put on weight!

  1. They say if you don’t eat breakfast that that is bad for you but logic states that if you don’t eat than you will loss weight. On the other hand your body will actually start burning muscle mass to compensate for the lack of food so it is a loss win situation. The truth is we all lose weight every day and gain weight from water consumption. But by not eating you can really hinder your bodies normal possess. So eat well in the morning and lay off the sugar later in the day.

    • Nise says:

      Thanks Minerva for the great response. You make some good points. Especially about eating well in the morning and laying off the sugar for the rest of the day 🙂

  2. Hi Nise, In short, breakfast is the first meal we eat in the morning, after several hours of not eating while we were asleep. When we don’t eat, our metabolism, the rate at which all of the chemical reactions in our bodies that keep us alive, slows down to conserve energy. This was very helpful when our ancestors were still hunting and gathering for food. During times where there wasn’t a lot of food available, our bodies were able to conserve the energy we had stored on our bodies to prevent us from starving. If you skip breakfast, you’re going a significant amount of time without eating, making your body think that it’s in a period of starvation; after all, evolution hasn’t caught up with our lifestyles that include readily available food. Your metabolism slows, therefore, the rate at which you burn calories slows down, preventing you from losing weight. The best way to lose weight is to eat regular meals, including breakfast, and make healthy food choices when you do eat. Combine a healthy diet with regular exercise. Current guidelines recommend at least 150 min./week of brisk walking or other moderate intensity activity. And be patient. It is recommended that people only lose 0.5-2 lbs./week. I hope this was helpful!

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