Author: Troy Theodosiou

Breakfast has long been deemed the most important meal of the day.

What we eat and drink after waking up has been shown to have a big impact on our cognitive performance, mood, and energy levels throughout the day.

A big breakfast can help satisfy your hunger and keep you feeling full for the whole morning. If you do this every day, you’ll probably end up consuming fewer calories, which can translate to weight loss. This occurs because your stomach stays full so you’re not tempted to eat high calorie snacks to keep you satisfied until lunch time.

Take heart that eating a bigger breakfast won’t automatically cause you to gain weight, and in fact, the opposite might be true.

Dr. Minisha Sood, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, says she sees people skip breakfast time and time again in an effort to control their calorie intake.

According to the researchers, skimping out on breakfast is a common dieting practice tried by many hoping to lose weight.

But research has shown that people who eat less for breakfast often snack more and overeat later in the day, derailing their weight loss goals.

Dr. John Morton, the division chief of Yale Medicine Bariatric & Minimally Invasive Surgery, recommends eating your bigger meals earlier in the day, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.

Our metabolic rate slows down at night, making it more work for the body to digest food and burn it off for fuel.

Additionally, aim for a well-balanced breakfast — such as fruit, eggs, oatmeal, and yogurt — and avoid overly processed foods, like pastries and sugary cereals. Those get absorbed more quickly and can cause blood sugar levels to spike, Morton adds.

“One saying I believe in is that you should eat like a queen for breakfast, princess for lunch, and pauper for dinner,” Morton said.