Skip to Content

Breakfast: How does it help weight control?

Medically reviewed on Aug 18, 2018

Some research suggests that regularly eating a healthy breakfast may help you lose excess weight and maintain your weight loss. But other research suggests that skipping breakfast may not be bad for you and may also help with weight control.

For many people, breakfast may be beneficial in the following ways:

  • Reduced hunger. Eating breakfast may reduce your hunger later in the day, which may make it easier to avoid overeating. When you skip breakfast, you may feel ravenous later and be tempted to reach for a quick fix — such as vending machine candy or doughnuts. In addition, eating breakfast may reduce cravings, especially for sweets and fats.
  • Healthy choices. Eating breakfast may get you on track to make healthy choices all day. People who eat breakfast tend to be more mindful of their diets.
  • More energy. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with immediate energy. Routinely skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity.

More research is needed to understand the connection between breakfast eating habits and weight control. If you're trying to lose weight, it's important to find a method that works for you. Talk to your doctor or dietitian about an eating plan that will get you to your goals.

© 1998-2018 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). All rights reserved. Terms of use

Hide