Eating Breakfast Could Help You Lose Weight

The first – and easiest – step you should take towards becoming more healthy is so, so simple; it’s eating breakfast. Breakfast eaters get myriad benefits including:
  • a revved up metabolism started early so that it burns the maximum number of calories to fuel your activities
  • fewer total calories consumed throughout the day
  • an increased leptin output
What’s leptin, you ask? Leptin is a hormone that suppresses appetite. Eating a significant meal early in the day ensures our body’s leptin production, says Meg Jordan, Ph.D., R.N. – as reported to First, September 2003. The book "Fit Not Fat at 40-Plus: The Shape-Up Plan That Balances Your Hormones, Boosts Your Metabolism, and Fights Female Fat in Your Forties-And Beyond", published by Prevention Health Books for Women, has more of Dr. Jordan’s thoughts on leptin’s influence on appetite.

Since leptin suppresses appetite, it follows that those of us who eat breakfast would take in fewer calories throughout the day. In fact, researchers at the University of Texas, El Paso, studied the food diaries of 586 men and women and determined that the more food people ate in the morning, the fewer calories they consumed in an entire day. So eat up early – though what we eat for breakfast may affect what we eat later on.

That’s right. Your first step to losing weight – eating breakfast – is not as simple as just popping any convenience food into your mouth. Eating refined carbohydrates such as sugary cereals, toasted white bread, waffles, or bagels will likely begin an overeating cycle. Instead, opt for complex carbs, proteins and fats. Whole wheat toast with peanut butter and a banana, or a bowl of high-fiber cereal with low-fat milk and blueberries are good examples. Both options are quick to get you out the door and on your way to starting your day.

Feeding yourself a healthy breakfast of complex carbs, proteins and fats should prevent your feeding the vending machine any money before lunch, making you thinner and your change purse fatter.
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My breakfast is always a protein (egg or yogurt) and fresh fruit. Report
B4 Spark I never ate breakfast. With a healthy lifestyle, I eat breakfast every morning. Report
Wow! That really helps me. It answers a lot of questions. People are saying to skip breakfast and lose a lot more weight. Now I really know. Thanks so much Spark People. Report
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I can't imagine not wanting to eat breakfast. Report
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I canít eat breakfast if I have to go to work. I have to be at work at 6 in the morning and if I donít get my 15 min Brock by 9 which is very rare. I feel sick and get very shaky but if all I have is black coffee I fine tell brake time Report
Never allow anyone in my family to leave the house in the morning without eating breakfast. It really does start your day off the right way :) Report
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Breakfast.... success is easier with it. Report
I have to wait a couple of hours before I am able to eat for some reason I just cant tolerate food when I first get up...but I do try to eat a little something to start off my day and give me energy. Report
If I eat breakfast I stay hungry all day long Report


About The Author

Elizabeth Evans Fryer
Elizabeth Evans Fryer
Elizabeth is a freelance writer specializing in fitness topics. Through her writing, she hopes to move others to be as excited as she is about staying healthy.
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