Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A good breakfast -- was Mom right?

How many times did your mom tell you to eat a good breakfast?  How many times did you tell that to your kids?  How many times have you heard that you should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a gentleman and dinner like a pauper?  How many times have they told you that if you want to lose weight, you should make sure to eat a good breakfast?

Well, maybe all those times were exercises in misinformation.

The New York Times reports that researchers in Germany studied a group of obese adults, plus a control group of normal-weight.  "For both groups," the story says, "a large breakfast simply added to the number of daily calories they consumed. Whether they ate a large breakfast, a small one or none at all, their nonbreakfast calorie intake remained the same."

So if you, like me, occasionally find yourself sitting there at 11:30 a.m. still nursing your tea, not having eaten yet, and maybe just starting to think about food -- don't feel guilty about that good breakfast you missed!!!  Wait for lunch, proceed normally, and feel smug about the calories you didn't eat. 

1 comment:

  1. Exactly, I say as I sip my iced coffee at 10 a.m. being glad I don't get hungry until noon. That big breakfast rule just never made sense to me.