Big breakfasts won’t help you lose weight, study says
January 18th, 2011
01:08 PM ET

Big breakfasts won’t help you lose weight, study says

We’ve all heard this much-repeated advice: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Eat a big, hearty one and it’ll stave off hunger later in the day.

But a recent German study challenges this notion.

Research published in BioMed Central's open access Nutrition Journal, found that people ate the same at lunch and dinner, regardless of how much they ate for breakfast.

“It’s common belief when you have a big breakfast, you reduce energy intake during the day,” said Dr. Volker Schusdziarra, a researcher from the Else-Kröner-Fresenius Center of Nutritional Medicine in Munich, Germany.  “This is not true.  Whatever you eat for breakfast doesn’t influence lunch and dinner.  The breakfast calories are added on top. You end up with more calories at the end of the day.”

In the study, 280 obese and 100 normal-weight Germans recorded everything they drank and ate for two weeks.

The subjects  usually ate breakfasts consisting of cereals, corn flakes, sausage or bread accompanied with butter and cheese.

“You can get a lot of calories during breakfast already,” Schusdziarra noted.

So a big breakfast doesn’t stave off hunger later in your day – it just piles on the calories, he said.

And Schusdziarra disputes the notion that you should never forget breakfast.

“If someone doesn’t need breakfast, why should they eat breakfast?  If I don’t feel hungry, I don’t miss anything. They’ve already saved some breakfast calories.”

People who skip breakfast usually eat more during the morning snacks, the research also found.

“If you want to have breakfast, eat it. But you can save calories at breakfast.  Big breakfast doesn’t save calories. This is what people should know.”

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  1. star

    this is DANGEROUSLY IRRESPONSIBLE reporting. Many studies refute this finding, particularly in American studies. And it is irrefutable that skipping breakfast is harmful. Breakfast is what wakes up your resting metabolism, stimulates your pancreas, and tells your brain you are up and going.
    Many studies have shown clearly that people who eat breakfast as versus those who do not lose more weight and feel more satisfied and functional than those who do not.
    I am appalled that this idiot is allowed to opine in a manner which can harm people.

    January 18, 2011 at 13:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • C

      The article does not state to not eat breakfast. I am appaled that an idiot like yourself uses the word "opine". But then again, it was used incorrectly so I guess I shouldn't be.

      January 18, 2011 at 14:49 | Report abuse |
    • SEFinAR

      Actually, the writer used 'opine' correctly. I, for one, am pleased with the study. I rarely eat breakfast and am a healthy 120 lbs, no major health problems, and feel great. I am interested to see if more studies are able to duplicate the results.

      January 18, 2011 at 15:02 | Report abuse |
    • Mike White

      I'm afraid you're wrong. Breakfast is simply an excuse to stuff your face three times a day. Cut breakfast and see if you don't become slimmer and healthier, as I did.

      January 18, 2011 at 15:13 | Report abuse |
    • T3chsupport

      It's always 'dangerously irresponsible' to report anything to people with no reading comprehension.
      It doesn't say not to eat breakfast. It says you don't HAVE to eat breakfast in order to lose weight, which is completely, absolutely true. It's mostly saying that eating a BIG breakfast will help you lose weight is the myth, not just eating a normal breakfast.

      January 18, 2011 at 15:15 | Report abuse |
    • BCG

      opine was used correctly, within the OP interpretation that the author was suggesting you skip breakfast. Of course, he didn't really say that, he says to skip it if you aren't hungry. I think the key is to eat when you are hungry and until you are no longer hungry. Using the US as an example as to why this article is bad makes very little sense. We aren't exactly setting the bar very high for "in shape" individuals.

      January 18, 2011 at 15:53 | Report abuse |
    • breakfast most important meal fo the day

      We’ve all heard this much-repeated advice: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. i have myself giving this advice for years to both my clients, friends, as well as family members who want to lose weight. Along with that phrase i have also said the you will burn the carbs you eat throughout the day this will help you jump start your metabolism and make you hungry again in a few hours so having a larger breakfast or more carb filled breakfast does benefit you in this regard. If you talk to any personal trainer they will tell you smaller meals every few hours will help you lose weight as long as you have a workout routine to go along with this. This has been verified by several dozen studies. In my opinion this author has taken a popular saying ( Breakfast is the most important meal of the day) added a second part (Eat a big, hearty one and it’ll stave off hunger later in the day) which i have never heard in the 25 years of being around fitness and made it into an article. Feeding your body first thing in the morning has several benefits and shouldn’t be minimized by a half truth article in my opinion.

      January 18, 2011 at 16:23 | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      I don't eat breakfast...never have, never will. Just had a doctor's visit, and blood work, and guess what? I am in tip top shape! Oh, and I am also not FAT. Anyone attempting to discourage Americans from eating more, not less, has my vote. You must be blind to what is going on in the US....and don't reply with BS regarding eat more healthy choices...as MOST Americans cannot afford those healthy options. So by all means, put down the bagel and wait for lunch...it will do your heart good to drop off 25 lbs of lard that it has to pump blood at all day to keep that huge butt moving!

      January 18, 2011 at 17:39 | Report abuse |
    • Charlotte

      Star, you don't know what you are talking about "DANGEROUSLY IRRESPONSIBLE" my foot. Eating breakfast has been proven to be UNIMPORTANT to health, to weight gain or loss, in fact the only thing that is important about eating breakfast is that if someone wants to eat it, then it's important to them. It's really very simple. Fewer calories = weight loss. People who think they need breakfast will likely over-eat later in the day if they don't get breakfast and feel deprived. People who don't like to eat breakfast are equally healthy to nutjobs like yourself who want to force it on everyone based on a ludicrous myth. It ain't necessary. Period.

      January 18, 2011 at 20:24 | Report abuse |
    • Nutritionist

      This study is incredibly flawed. The sample size is skewed toward obese people, as you can see more than half of the participants are obese. The author does in fact advocate not eating breakfast which is a poor choice of writing. The science behind this is clear. As you fast at night, your metabolism slows and feeds on stored energy. When you wake up, it is best to break the fast and eat something to not only get your metabolism moving, but also to keep your body from feeding on it's stores for any longer than it has to. Going for 8 hours or more without food is hardly ideal for someone trying to lose weight and will in fact be counterproductive. Eating breakfast helps to keep your blood sugar stable in the morning and helps keep most people from binging at lunch out of starvation. None of this really matters though, because this study has confounding factors that make the data unimpressive.

      January 19, 2011 at 10:07 | Report abuse |
    • James

      Before you get all holier-than-thou, look up Intermittent Fasting and chill out – the so-called 'studies' that you're referring to are not accurate, scientific studies performed by reputable experts. Our bodies are designed to go long periods between meals, that's why we store fat the way to do. And "stimulating the pancreas" isn't a good thing, fyi – the pancreas secretes insulin at the response of any meal with sugars/carbs and prevents the body from pulling fat from storage, and eventually leads to type II diabetes if continued over time. Get off your soapbox, you look dumb.

      January 28, 2011 at 15:30 | Report abuse |
    • A diet for ALL

      This is FLAWED. The old style diet was. Eat like a King for breakfast. Eat like a Queen for lunch. Eat like a pauper for dinner. This has left those observed to just eat as they like all day. The majority CAN be breakfast as long as you reduce caloric intake the rest of the day.

      February 10, 2011 at 20:04 | Report abuse |
    • calico

      The topic is BIG breakfast. Not breakfast. Why can't people eat a HEALTHY and SENSIBLE breakfast... instead of the calorie-laden saturated-fat things passing as breakfast foods. I don't see how bacon could ever be good for anyone.

      February 13, 2011 at 15:22 | Report abuse |
  2. Justin

    So.... eating more food doesn't help you lose weight!? I'm shocked!

    January 18, 2011 at 13:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Butt Crack Mountain

    I gotcha a big breakfast...

    January 18, 2011 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. mwin

    I completely agree and have thought this for years. I don't eat breakfast until 11:30 and if feels right to me. Whenever I have tried to eat breakfast early, it made me HUNGRIER the rest of the day that if I'd skipped it! We are Americans and we get plenty of food...I think we'll be just fine if we miss a meal every once in a while..

    January 18, 2011 at 13:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SEFinAR


      January 18, 2011 at 15:04 | Report abuse |
    • Roto

      I completely agree. I've doubt for a very long time the advice of a big breakfast. I seem to recall that medical researchers came up with this, but in any event it never made any sense to me. Why eat more than we feel? Did cavemen need researchers to help them know when to eat? Did they eat a big breakfast? I doubt it. They ate when then were sucessful in the hunt. That was not likely BREAKFAST. Common sense really.

      January 18, 2011 at 16:18 | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Breakfast should consist of fruits and grains. Fruit contains citric-acid and helps save you energy. (80% of your total energy is used to digest food. Citric acid makes your body less dependant upon secreting enzymes for food digestion) Fruits and grains pass through your system rapidly, keeping it clean and efficient. Breakfast will always be the most important meal.

    January 18, 2011 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sam I am

      I disagree. Studies, including one by a research group at Purdue published in the British Journal of Nutrition (which, unlike the journal mentioned above, is peer-reviewed), indicate that a high-protein breakfast increases overall fullness, made participants more energetic, and is, in large part, an effective means of maintaining or even building lean muscle mass during weight loss. The best breakfast is one consisting of high-quality protein paired with a source of healthy carbohydrates, such as fruits and vegetables, such as green eggs (eggs scrambled with spinach) and ham.

      January 19, 2011 at 09:45 | Report abuse |
    • James

      Both are very poor options:

      1. Fruits contain quite a bit of Fructose as their primary sugar – this is bad for too many reasons to mention on a single post, but to avoid Fructose is to live longer, period!
      2. Grains are simply not healthy. Our bodies are not equipped/designed to digest grains and can actually be poisoned by the lectins, phytates and gluten they contain.

      Keep it simple – if you're going to eat breakfast eat a high-protein/high-fat (fat is good for you, that's also a different post though!) one and avoid grains and fruits and you'll be amazed how long you get through the day without feeling hungry. It amazes me how much bad information about diet is out there that people will do no research on to refute and fact-check.

      January 28, 2011 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
  6. Lincoln Brigham

    This study could be right or it could be wrong, but it's clearly in no position to offer advice based on the results of this one study alone. Self-reported studies of food intake are NOTORIOUSLY inaccurate. Short-term nutritional studies of only two weeks are NOTORIOUSLY unable to reliably predict long-term outcomes. Calculations studies of short-term calorie intake are just as unreliable in predicting long-term success of healthy weight maintenance. In short, this study is nearly meaningless.

    January 18, 2011 at 14:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. alyssa

    calm down people – don't believe it if you don't want to – eat what you want – live how you want

    January 18, 2011 at 15:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brad

      Oh No!! Are you suggesting that people use common sense and be responsible for themselves?!? We should be free to make our own decisions?!? How shocking! I can't be trusted to do that!!

      January 18, 2011 at 15:37 | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Fruits and grains for breakfast. Anything else would be rude.

    January 18, 2011 at 15:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Don't forget protein

      Eating protein in the morning is important as well.

      January 18, 2011 at 16:10 | Report abuse |
    • Think


      January 19, 2011 at 10:24 | Report abuse |
  9. Ted from NY

    This is irresponsible reporting. The studies all say (correctly, I would argue) that a GOOD breakfast, not a "big, hearty" breakfast, is good nutrition. Thanks for distorted sensationalistic reporting, CNN health.

    January 18, 2011 at 15:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Kevlar

    " Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper." – Adelle Davis (1904 – 1974)
    She lived to 70 – which is not too bad.

    January 18, 2011 at 15:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Leonore H. Dvorkin

      Yes, but 70 is not exactly old, either! My mother always eats breakfast and is 90. My father-in-law always eats breakfast and he is almost 102. I think the best thing is to eat several small, healthy, balanced meals per day, avoid sugar and refined carbs, never stuff yourself, and exercise several hours per week, combining aerobics - or just fast walking - and weight training. And if you need to lose weight, don't eat after about 7:00 p.m. Chances are that you WILL want some kind of breakfast if you do that. Even a piece of whole-grain toast with nut butter and a cup of tea is better than nothing. Or how about some oatmeal with raisins and low-fat milk? That is very cheap and good. – Leonore Dvorkin, leonoredvorkin.com

      January 18, 2011 at 18:39 | Report abuse |
  11. russ

    When are people ever going to stop trying to come up with pills, strategies, eat breakfast, dont eat breakfast to lose weight. Plain and simply put, you eat LESS calories then you burn. Period. This is not hard to figure out. When you eat Mcdonalds and have a desk job, guess what??? Your going to gain weight. Our country is extremely overweight. When my European friends visit, the first thing they say is "Are we at a fat persons convention? Im like "Nope this is what my country looks like."

    January 18, 2011 at 15:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • guest

      "Are we at a fat persons convention?". Awesome and hilarious. Sadly, its true. I am 5'6" and 120 lbs. For the US, I am fit and trim. In Taiwan, I am the equivalent of the Hulk and can't really buy anything more than shoes.

      January 24, 2011 at 09:33 | Report abuse |
  12. OvernOut

    Jack LaLanne is still around, and he was all about the exercise that went along with the eating part. Isn't he in his 90s,and his wife, too? I still recall watching him do jumping jacks on the old B/W TV each morning, and he DID make you want to get up and exercise, too–or maybe it was the cheesy Hammond organ music?

    January 18, 2011 at 15:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Stephanie

    This study doesn't surprise me in the least since many of the subjects were eating cereals, corn flakes and bread. The carbs race through your system pretty fast. Since I have cut carbohydrates out of my diet, I eat less and don't have the out of control sugar and food cravings that I used to. This study would have had different results if the breakfast consisted of high-protein foods only. Check out the work of Gary Taubes, Lyle McDonald and Tim Ferriss for opposing viewpoints about the calories deficit that the mainstream keeps pushing. I have already lost 5 lbs. on the Slow Carb diet in one week, including one day of carb loading. As a nation, we have been gravely misinformed about nutrition. Reading the book by Taubes just might make you angry!

    January 18, 2011 at 15:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • BKW

      High protein diets may work (not much though according to many studies) for losing weight, but there is also evidence that they reduce your lifespan. They also tend to have more fat, which causes cardiovascular disease, so you might lose weight but have a heart attack or stroke instead.
      Best nutrition is a balanced diet. A little bit of protein and fat, mostly carbs though in the form of fruits and vegetables. Avoid refined/processed carbs, but whole grain bread is much better for you than steak.
      If you want to lose weight, there is only one really good recipe: eat LESS.

      January 18, 2011 at 16:32 | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      There is also plenty of evidence that supports a low carbohydrate lifestyle. If you want to talk about research, what are your sources? I also find it amusing that when people think of low-carb, the first thing that comes out of their mouth is "steak". There are plenty of other protein choices such as eggs, fish, chicken and protein powder. I totally disagree about ANY kind of bread being better for you than steak. The bread will spike your insulin levels and doesn't provide you with any of the nutrient content that comes from steak. Many more people have gluten sensitivities, but how many people have you heard of that are allergic or have sensitivity to meat?
      If you had bothered to look up the "Slow Carb" diet, you would see that it includes vegetables and beans. Fruit is trickier since once again, it spikes insulin levels. Many fruits have also been bred to have a higher sugar content so it tastes sweeter than what grew naturally 100 years ago.
      If your diet works for you, that's great. I'm doing what works for me. People are lying when they say that ONE way is the ONLY way to fat loss because we are not all genetically the same.

      January 18, 2011 at 20:13 | Report abuse |
  14. mslman71

    The only thing that influences what I eat during the day is my mind. If you want to eat a big breakfast and want to gorge yourself at 9PM on bacon and chocolate, you will.

    January 18, 2011 at 15:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JohnD

      I agree. Most people don't realize how much power they have to control what they eat. I eat a good breakfast of protein and grains and orange juice, then small snacks at regular intervals. I don't always eat until full, because then I would have way too many calories. I also work out frequently, as I am trying to slim down, and it is working. And I never eat after suppertime, cutting food and drink (other than water) out at 7PM. I go to bed with hunger, but I know I will be burning calories while I sleep.

      January 20, 2011 at 23:56 | Report abuse |
  15. lynette

    Maybe it depends on whether you are a morning person or not. i am not so its hard for me to eat breakfast until 11 .morning people tend to like a hearty breakfast.

    January 18, 2011 at 16:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. erica

    I eat fruit and raw nuts for breakfast ~ 9:30 am. (I have black tea when i first get up.) Then, I'm fine until 1 pm or so. For me, the high-carb cereals would cause low blood sugar within an hour or two. Even granola or steel-cut oats. The protein and fat of nuts/eggs/etc. + fruit keeps hunger at bay and I eat less overall.....

    January 18, 2011 at 16:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Debbie

    I like the foods they ate in this 2 week study all fattening meats and carb overload. How about eating EGGS for breakfast!!

    January 18, 2011 at 16:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Sara

    This study may have provided more insight had they chosen a chain that also provides "healthier" options with fewer calories, such as oatmeal, fruit cups or yogurt vs. Sausage sandwiches. Does the calorie info sway people to make those choices instead? Clearly if the customer knows that all that is available are tacos, then that's what they were there for to begin with and would not change their mind based on some calorie info.

    January 18, 2011 at 16:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Moodyme

    I've found that my day's calories are determined more by what I eat for lunch than what I have for breakfast. I tend to have a small breakfast - yogurt, fruit and granola or just a piece of toast...it varies. Occasionally I will go out for a bigger breakfast, and when I vacation all bets are off in the morning. But what I eat later in the day does not seem to be affected by the size of my morning meal. If, however, I have a "real" lunch rather than just a piece of fruit or something small, I will either skip dinner entirely or have a light "snack" type meal. I don't think we need three full meals a day. Most people do fine on one main meal and one or two light ones. (FYI - I am on the thin side, and athletic.)

    January 18, 2011 at 16:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. iamthebest

    what is the easiest fastest way to loose weight...

    January 18, 2011 at 16:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Boka

    The best thing I ever did was to switch from the two big meals a day to 6 small meals a day. I'm never hungry and weight just seemed to pour off me. Never skip a meal and eat 6 or more meals a day.

    January 18, 2011 at 16:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. m

    2 weeks probably isn't long enough for a study.

    January 18, 2011 at 16:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. questionauthority

    It's simple. calories burned > calories consumed = weight loss.

    January 18, 2011 at 16:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. There is a good reason why

    Bodybuilders eat 5-10 smaller sized meals a day instead of 3 giant ones and the content of the meals themselves vary little.

    January 18, 2011 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Sndp

    It says the study was carried out on 280 obese and 100 normal-weight Germans – that280 super obese and 100 obese Asians.

    January 18, 2011 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. mrm

    i am very thin and i want a little fat what need i do?
    please help me.

    January 19, 2011 at 02:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • denis

      if your serious, email denisw.grenier@gmail.com

      January 19, 2011 at 09:40 | Report abuse |
    • Think

      Talk to a doctor.

      January 19, 2011 at 10:26 | Report abuse |
  27. stuart

    The english ate huge breakfasts...what that proves I dont know

    January 19, 2011 at 04:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Chicago Dave

    Whatever you do....just remember not to swim afterwards. :o)

    January 19, 2011 at 06:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Rob

    Whatever meal you're looking at, it's important to design it properly to serve you well until the next time you eat, both in terms of nutrition and satiety. Breakfast sausage and cornflakes aren't ideal, to say the least. There are a number of factors here that they apparently didn't analyze. For example, the macronutrient profile of the breakfast will have a huge effect on the day's eating pattern. A breakfast with a high fiber and protein content will generally keep hunger down and moderate or even lower food intake through the rest of the day. On the other hand, a breakfast of corn flakes will stave off hunger for about an hour or two. The macronutrient profile of the meal also influences blood sugar spikes and dips in the hours following the meal, which can heavily influence eating patterns and volumes. This study simply was too limited in its analysis. There are a number of important nutritional factors besides calories that significantly effect how a person eats following a morning meal.


    January 19, 2011 at 08:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. How lazy can you be

    Not sure where some ridiculous rumor like that would start. People need to stop buying into such absurd claims because they are too lazy to actually eat healthy and excecise. Stop eating big breakfasts and popping fat burners while sitting on the couch expecting to lose weight. Eat a small meal every 3 hours consisting of a lean mean/veggie and throw in a good fat/carb every other meal, pretty simple.

    January 19, 2011 at 09:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • denis

      that would be exercise* and lean meat*, lol

      January 19, 2011 at 09:41 | Report abuse |
  31. Elizabeth

    I'd rather skip dinner, thanks... hungry in the AM, and just don't want to eat after about 5.
    Food before bedtime just sits there, ugh.

    January 19, 2011 at 09:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. John

    When will people just accept the fact that all losing weight requires is less calories consumed than burned. It's simple math. Take that professor who recently lost 20 pounds eating only twinkies and cupcakes and whatnot. How you ask? Less calories in than out. People try all these crazy gimmicks and argue with each other needlessly. Now of course if you eat foods that are "healthier" you probably decrease your risk of cardiovascular problems and whatnot, but really, weight loss only boils down to the aforementioned process. Just don't go too crazy because you still need enough calories to function (so don't go anorexic after reading this please!).

    January 19, 2011 at 10:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Carl

    This study was observational (the subjects merely recorded their normal behavior), not experimental (in an experiment, a portion of the subjects would be instructed to eat some specific amount other than their normal whim). The problem with observation is that you get no suggestion of whether things are causes and effects, reverse of the suspected causal direction, or merely associated with a 3rd factor.

    The real question we always want answered is NOT "what do ____ people typically do on a daily basis", but rather "What can I do differently to produce a desired outcome?" Experiments answer the real question because they evaluate the result of an intentional change, while observational studies only provide murky trivia.

    This particular study is also a little off (as it is reported, anyway), because the real-life issue (and the issue which is addressed by experimental studies elsewhere) is whether or not the popular practice of skipping breakfast entirely is actually a bad idea. That is not the same as asking whether a medium or large breakfast is best. It is not surprising, nor is it irreconcilable, that eating a large breakfast rather than a medium breakfast causes increased weight, while skipping breakfast may also have negative consequences (like an urge to pig out at lunch) over a small- or medium-sized breakfast.

    January 19, 2011 at 13:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Scott Beckstead

    I myself usually don't eat breakfast. A really interesting study. Thanks for the article!

    Always eating? Want to find out why and lose weight?

    January 19, 2011 at 22:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. American X

    News Flash – the best way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. Calories in – Calories out –
    smaller meals – more frequent exercise. I lost 40 lbs – it is simple math – 1lb of fat = 3500 calories
    1st determine what your caloric intake should be – i.e. 2500 calories daily – then adjust the amount of calories you consume – exercise daily to burn extra calories – you can easily lose 1-2 lbs a week this way. Create a caloric deficit each day.
    1-2 lbs a week is healthy weight loss and less subject to rebound – lose 20 lbs in 10 weeks. This is not rocket science – just simple math! Do more – eat less.

    January 20, 2011 at 18:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. JohnD

    What is missing from this study is intentionality. People have wills and can decide how much and when they will eat. Of course people in the study ate the same later. There was no incentive tto change. I am going through a fitness/diet program, and I have had to look at everything I eat and when I eat it, as well as how much to workout and what to do. I have a plan. This study was done without any acknowledgment that people can change their eating habits if given enough of a reason to do so.

    January 21, 2011 at 00:03 | Report abuse | Reply
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  39. F. C. Hochschild

    I do not think it would kill most Americans if we cut back on our large breakfast ideas. Less calories? Yep that helps with weight loss.

    January 30, 2011 at 08:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. jake

    The fattest people I know eat large breakfasts. Sorry to burst the bubble of breakfast enthusiasts. Whenever I decide to eat breakfast, i am hungry the entire day and never stop eating, when I do not eat breakfast, I can easily control my daily caloric intake. Maybe its just me, but that's one example.

    February 4, 2011 at 11:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Tony

    I just lost 30 pounds by eating a huge breakfast after 30 minutes of aerobics everyday. It makes me less hungry and I make sure to eat three to four small sized meals the rest of the day. Along with that lot and lots of water makes me feel full. My daily caloric intake has now decreased and I don't get cravings. Plus my aerobics is melting fat away. I'm getting lots of compliments from my friends and family. Breakfast definatly helps but it has to be a huge healthy breakfast. Steak, Eggs, Sausage everyday will clog your arteries. Try whole grain oat meal mix in some flax seed and honey to sweeten. Then make yourself some wholegrain toast without butter, some fruit and veggie paddies for protien. Throw in some low fat chocolate milk and this will give your metabolism a good kick in the but early in the morning. Remember if you eat the bigger meal earlier in the morning, your metabolism has more time throughout the day to work it off. That is what keep you fueled for the day. I don't know what nonsense people are saying on this page but breakfast gives you the energy you need for a long day ahead. You feel more energized and ready to conquer the world when you do it right. Glad I made the change. I used to never eat breakfast and gained all my weight. Now it's finally coming off so I must be doing something right? LOL

    December 19, 2011 at 18:12 | Report abuse | Reply
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