Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it’s possible to overdo it. A new study published in Nutrition Journal found that people who eat big breakfasts consume more calories per day than people who eat a small breakfast—or even skip it altogether.
Researchers at the Else-Kröner-Fresenius Center of Nutritional Medicine in Munich asked 380 obese and normal-weight people to keep a journal of everything they ate. It turned out that no matter how much—or how little—people ate for breakfast, they ate the same number of calories for lunch and dinner. Which meant that those who ate high-calorie breakfasts ate more calories per day than the others.
Eating a large breakfast did cut down on the chances a person would indulge in a mid-morning snack, but the lack of that snack wasn’t nearly large enough to offset the calories consumed earlier.
Nutritionists were quick to caution people not to give up on breakfast entirely. Just choose your food wisely, they said. Skip the eggs, sausage, and butter and opt instead for fruit, yogurt, and whole grains.
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