In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2003, it was reported that people who skip breakfast are heavier than those who eat it. The researchers analyzed data from 16,452 adults who participated in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) from 1988 to 1994. They found that those who ate ready-to-eat cereal, cooked cereal, or quick breads had a significantly lower body mass index than those subjects who ate meat and eggs for breakfast or those who skipped breakfast. In addition, a cross-sectional study reported in Obesity Research in 2002 further supports this point. The researchers in this study examined the eating patterns of 2,959 subjects who had maintained a weight loss in the National Weight Control Registry. Though the researchers could not make a causative connection between breakfast consumption and weight loss, they did note that eating breakfast was a common characteristic to successful weight loss maintainers. The bottom line? Eat a healthy, balanced breakfast. It can only help with keeping your weight down.
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