Fit for the Future - Wellbeing at Ashford and Saint Peter's Hospitals

Should I eat breakfast?

Cutting out breakfast is used by some people as a way of losing weight quickly, but it’s not the best option for everyone and there are definitely some downsides to missing “the most important meal of the day”.

Below are some points to consider if you are aiming for long-term, sustainable weight loss ...


Better decisions

Research has repeatedly shown that people who eat breakfast have a better chance of keeping weight off. When skipping breakfast, we can get so hungry by lunchtime that we choose unhealthy foods or snacks.


Maintain your mood

Skipping breakfast can make you irritable and grouchy. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast tend to be in better spirits.


Perform better at work

Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast are more alert and perform better in tests than people who skip the meal. If you missed breakfast, you're more likely to be apathetic, disinterested, and irritable when confronted with difficult tasks.

Breakfast elevates the blood glucose level, helping the brain function more efficiently. Your memory will work better and your ability to concentrate will be enhanced.


These articles are for information purposes. Please follow the advice of your clinician / health professional if you have a specific health and wellbeing issue.