This Is Why You Really Shouldn't Skip Breakfast

This Is Why You Really Shouldn't Skip Breakfast

In fact, new health guidelines issued in the United States suggest that skipping breakfast can directly lead to an increased risk of diabetes, and obesity and heart attacks.

As many as 30 percent of USA adults may routinely skip breakfast, a habit that has become more common in recent years as more people snack throughout the day instead of sitting down for three traditional meals, St-Onge and colleagues note in the journal Circulation.

So while more research is certainly needed to better understand how the timing and frequency of how meals affect your health, it wouldn't hurt to keep eating breakfast (if you already do) and try to space your meals earlier in the day.

The timing of your meals may prove to be as crucial as what you actually eat, with Columbia scientists analyzing previous data on the matter to create its latest statement.

Writing in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, researchers from Columbia University said both meal timing and frequency are linked to risk factors for a variety of conditions including heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, blood glucose levels, obesity, and reduced insulin sensitivity.

Breakfast is important because of what it does for heart health. Studies have found people who eat breakfast daily are less likely to have high cholesterol and blood pressure, and people who skip breakfast - about 20 percent to 30 percent of USA adults - are more likely to be obese, have inadequate nutrition, show evidence of impaired glucose metabolism or be diagnosed with diabetes, she said. The experts do believe, however, that the evidence suggests a health benefit from consuming most of our daily calories earlier rather than later in the day.

The AHA researchers suggest that if USA adults were to eat breakfast every day, the adverse effects associated with glucose and insulin metabolism would be reduced. The study from a group of American researchers suggests that the time we eat our meal is equally as important as what we eat.

Planning meals and snacks in advance and eating breakfast every day may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, new guidelines from US doctors say. "Many people find that emotions can trigger eating episodes when they are not hungry, which often leads to eating too many calories from foods that have low nutritional value", St-Onge said. Furthermore, skipping breakfast has been connected with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and chronic disease.

The evidence does seems to suggest, however, that occasional fasting - that is, not eating one to two times per week or every other day - may contribute to short-term weight loss.

"All activities have a place in a busy schedule, including healthy eating and being physically active", says St-Onge. People in the USA now have a habit of eating around the clock rather than sticking to certain meal times.

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