Breakfast is often touted to be the most important meal of the day. Your mother may have told you that, but if you're like many people, you skip it anyway. Recent research now backs up your mother's advice. The conclusion of researchers at the University of Missouri who studied the topic is that people who eat a balanced breakfast, especially one high in protein, experience less hunger throughout the day.
The dieters in our cognitive behavioral program for weight loss and maintenance often come in skipping breakfast. They say they don't have time; they aren't hungry in the morning; they would rather save their calories for later in the day. First we provide them with psychoeducation about the importance of eating breakfast. Second, we do problem-solving to help them find the time. Third, we help them respond to sabotaging thoughts that are likely to get in the way of their adopting this new habit.When dieters say they don't have enough time in the morning, we discuss which a.m. tasks they can omit, postpone, do the night before, delegate to other people or spend less time on (at least temporarily, until breakfast becomes an easy routine). Sabotaging thoughts often get in the way:
- I don't want to get up earlier.
- I can't leave dishes (even rinsed ones) in the sink.
- My (adolescent) kids won't like it if I ask them to make their own lunches.
- I'd rather pick out my clothes in the morning.
- I can't ask my husband to help out with the kids.
- I'm not hungry in the morning and I'd rather save my calories for later in the day.
Leidy, H. J., Lepping, R. J., Savage, C. R., & Harris, C. T. (5 May 2011). Neural Responses to Visual
Food Stimuli After a Normal vs. Higher Protein Breakfast in Breakfast-Skipping Teens: A Pilot fMRI Study. Obesity Journal, (1-7). doi:10.1038/oby.2011.108