Still Not Eating Breakfast?

As hard as it is for me to believe, fewer than 1/2 the people in America eat breakfast regularly.
Even with all of the proven health benefits of eating a healthy breakfast, the majority of the people in this country don't eat breakfast...and let alone a healthy one. Below are some stats I found on a great website called

  • A study in the Environmental Health Journal indicates that having a regular breakfast is associated with lower blood lead levels in children. In the study, children who ate breakfast had 15% lower blood lead levels than those who skipped breakfast.

  • A study at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center indicated that daily consumption of whole grain breakfast cereal lowers a person's risk of developing high blood pressure. The study of 13,368 male doctors found a 20 percent decreased risk of hypertension among whole grain breakfast cereal eaters.

  • According to a recent survey from Food Insight, 93 percent of Americans agree that breakfast is the most important meal, yet fewer than half (44 percent) are eating it every day.

  • Eggs have gotten healthier over the last ten years. According to
    a report from the USDA, the average egg contains 14% less cholesterol
    and 64% more vitamin D than an average egg tested in 2002. Improvements
    in hen feed are most likely responsible.

  • According to a Georgia Centenarian Study, people who regularly eat breakfast have lower rates of Type 2 diabetes and are less likely to develop heart failure
    over their lifetime than those who don't. The 21-year study of older
    Americans suggests that regularly eating breakfast may lead to a longer-than-average life span.
  • A University of Missouri study found that a protein-rich breakfast helped teens control hunger and eat less later in the day.
    In the study, adolescents who traditionally skipped breakfast ate
    morning meals of high-quality protein foods like eggs and lean Canadian
    bacon. On average, the participants ate 130 fewer calories at lunch.

Depending on your goals, your current weight and current activity level, you should be shooting for around 350-550 calories at breakfast and try and have at least 10-15g. of protein, some carbohydrates in the form of whole grains or low glycemic fruit and some healthy fat.

Here Are My Top 5 Favorite Breakfast Foods:


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  • I stopped eating breakfast late last summer in an effort to cut calories and drop a few pounds. over the next 2 mos I went from 200 to 185lbs and have kept it off. This might not be for everyone but if you want to lose weight you have to eat less. this was the easiest way for me to eat less as it didnt make me any hungrier at lunch or later. ymmv

  • In reply to McBad:

    Thanks for reading and thanks for the reply. That's great that you were able to lose weight by changing your nutrition and although I agree that if you want to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you are taking in on a daily basis, I'd like to know more about your weight loss, did you do any body composition testing? Of the weight lost, what % was fat and what was muscle? I would argue that although you lost weight by not eating as many calories during the day by skipping breakfast, you were probably not able to maintain your lean mass as your body was using muscle glycogen for energy throughout the morning.

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