I think everyone from our parents to the crazy trainers on the Biggest Loser espouse the benefits of breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day. Some diets even have you consuming 30 grams of protein to kickstart your metabolism. Sorry, if I eat that much I’m going back to bed for a nap.

Have no fear breakfast skippers, it turns out you are being lied to about the importance of breakfast. New research is out saying that eating breakfast had no impact on snacking or portion sizes later in the day. I’m guessing they studied Americans.

As for revving up your metabolism? No evidence of that either. Hell yeah, no more spirulina wheatgrass smoothies. Can I get a stack of hotcakes, please?

Researchers from the University of Bath found that a balanced breakfast and health benefits were tied to a person’s overall diet. If you eat your vegetables, good odds you aren’t throwing back enough Frosted Flakes to get daily Liberty Medical deliveries.

Those that skip as a part of diet were also borne out in the research. Participants that abstained from throwing down at the breakfast buffet did not gorge later to make up the difference.

It’s not all bad news for the morning meal. If you eat breakfast, you are likely to have more stable blood sugar levels, and you will burn more calories on average. Obviously, the researchers mean a balanced breakfast and not you raiding Starbucks like a Viking.

The study is published in the American Journal for Clinical Nutrition. It came about because lead author, Dr. James Betts was tired of people harping about him skipping breakfast. So, he threw science at them.

‘The belief that breakfast is ‘the most important meal of the day’ is so widespread that many people are surprised to learn that there is a lack of scientific evidence showing whether or how breakfast may directly cause changes in our health.’

‘It is certainly true that people who regularly eat breakfast tend to be slimmer and healthier but these individuals also typically follow most other recommendations for a healthy lifestyle, so have more balanced diets and take more physical exercise.’

So, when you’re flipping through your latest fitness inspiration posts on Instagram, just remember one thing. Those abs came from a lot more than having oatmeal in the morning. If it was that easy, I’d already be a Quaker.


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