We’ve all heard the old adage, but the scientific conclusions are murkier. Many studies have produced conflicting evidence as to whether or not breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. The problem? So far, study results have been pretty evenly mixed and are even more ambivalent when the variable of weight loss is involved.
The theories behind the importance of a hearty breakfast range from an early morning energy boost to controlling carb consumption throughout the later parts of the day. Intuitively, it makes sense to start out the day out with a healthy meal but there’s currently no real scientific consensus that says that the first meal of the day is healthier at 8am than at noon. Personally, my favorite way to start the day is with Trader Joe’s High Fiber cereal with yogurt and fruits on top, but on days when I’m rushing I feel just as energetic if I can make up for the lost morning calories at lunchtime.