Will avoiding breakfast help me lose weight?

Overweight and obesity constitute a very common evil in our society, increasingly dominated by fast food, stress, rush, absolute sedentary lifestyle, etc. All these factors, undoubtedly linked to genetics, constitute factors that influence the development of overweight and ultimately obesity. At the present time there are innumerable diets, some with a metabolic basis that usually have a professional support and others of more doubtful origin, which constitute a range in which the patient often does not know what method to choose to reduce his weight. If other procedures are added to all this, ranging from acupuncture to hypnosis, the confusion is still greater. The foundation of weight loss is to eat fewer calories than those spent daily.

This process must be done in a balanced way, eating healthy foods; that is, following a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, with a good balance between fats, proteins and carbohydrates. There are different approaches to the prescription of the dietary plan, but the most widespread is to propose a reduction of between 500 and 1,000 kilocalories compared to the usual caloric intake, which would allow us to achieve a weight loss of about 0.5 to 1 kg per week.

Regardless of the success or popularity of the different miracle diets that have been appearing in recent times, a fact that does not concern us here, avoiding breakfast or skipping a meal is not a good method to lose weight for different reasons: avoiding breakfast is not eating calories when they are needed most and there is more capacity to burn them, since the morning coincides with the maximum work activity. Not eating anything in the morning means that you get to the main meal very hungry and eat more calories than usual at that time, and even eat a dessert that has low nutritional quality, especially if you eat lunch away from home. Finally, the result is to have low energy in the morning and an intake of more calories and of low quality at noon. A weight loss diet should be based on eating less and better, not skipping meals; should increase the number of intakes provided they are healthy and with quality.

Dr. Joseph Perez. Clinical Hospital of Z Rehab Center

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