Nutritionists are now saying that, instead of leading to weight loss from cutting hunger later in the day, the only thing a big breakfast does is lard on more pounds.
No matter how many calories are consumed in the morning, people apparently eat the same size lunch and dinner – and that adds up to more total calories when the breakfast is big, according to the study published in Nutrition Journal.
However, skipping breakfast isn’t the way to lose weight, nutrition experts cautioned. “The message should be that you want a ‘good’ breakfast rather than a ‘big,’ breakfast,” said Dr. David Heber, a professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.
He pointed to the fatty and sugary breakfast foods consumed by people in the study — sausages, butter, marmalade. Noting that protein and fiber give you a full feeling for longer, Heber said that a better choice would be an omelet made of egg whites stuffed with steamed veggies.
People can get into trouble with the “big breakfast” approach. Many think that they’ll fill the bill with a big three egg omelet along with hash browns and bacon, or a massive tower of pancakes. But that’s not a ‘big’ breakfast, it’s an enormous breakfast, one that can be as much as 30, 40 or even 60% of what you should be eating for the entire day.