Could Skipping Breakfast Help You Lose Weight?

Breakfast has always been referred to as the most important meal of the day, right? Well that might not be the case. A study conducted by Cornell University and reported in the Journal of Physiology and Behavior earlier this month suggests that skipping breakfast a few times a week might help you shed the few pounds you've been looking to get rid of.

Dr. David Levitsky, a professor of nutritional sciences and psychology suggests that skipping breakfast decreases your daily caloric intake by about 408 calories on average. While breakfast is essential for weight management, people who skip breakfast don't necessarily compensate for the calories they miss at their next meal, studies show.

The theory that under eating in one meal causes over eating in the next is actually a myth, says Levitsky. He suggests that Americans, especially young adults who have a tendency to put on average of one pound per year, must learn to eat less overall, and that skipping breakfast might just be a reasonable way to start doing this. Levitsky also makes clear that this does not apply to hypoglycemic of diabetics, as it is essential to their health to regulate their glucose levels.