(ABC News) - It has long been known as the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast gives you the strength and energy you need to make it through the day and is a crucial part of losing weight.
But recent studies show breakfast isn't necessarily all it's cracked up to be when it comes to short-term weight loss. One study conducted over 16 weeks found the act of eating or not eating breakfast did not have a significant effect on weight loss. For the 300 people who participated, that is.
Still, some experts say that's no reason to be a cereal killer. Registered dietitian Keri Glassman said there's a sunny side up to eating that meal: increased focus and energy along with suppression of hunger could lead to overeating later in the day.
“When you don't eat breakfast, your hunger hormone doesn't have a chance to decrease. Even if it's small tiny breakfast, a little bit of calories tell your hunger hormone to pause,” Glassman said.
The bottom line: don't be so quick to break up with breakfast.