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Do you actually need to have breakfast to be healthy? Nutritionist Lyndi Cohen gives her opinion


A nutritionist put some thought into whether breakfast is really the most important meal of the day and whether you need to eat it to be healthy and stay in shape.

Lyndi Cohen of Sydney said that as we grow up we are often told to eat breakfast like a king, eat lunch like a prince, and dine like a poor man for good health, but the reality is that not everyone does the case is.

"What you really need to do is figure out what works best for your body," Lyndi wrote on her website.

"Some people thrive if they eat first thing in the morning, while others feel better waiting for their first meal."

Nutritionist Lyndi Cohen (pictured) has pondered whether breakfast is really the most important meal of the day and whether you need to eat it to be healthy and stay in shape

Lyndi said not everyone needs breakfast (pictured), and if you don't feel hungry first, don't eat until you are

Lyndi said not everyone needs breakfast (pictured), and unless you feel hungry first, don't eat until you are

The nutritionist explained that if you want to find out if breakfast is right for you, you have to ask yourself a simple question: are you hungry as soon as you wake up?

If so, Lyndi said that obviously you need to eat something to break the overnight fast, but if you aren't, she recommends that you wait until you feel hungry before eating.

"One study looked at 13 breakfast studies and found that eating breakfast is not a reliable way to lose weight and that skipping breakfast is unlikely to lead to weight gain," Lyndi said.

Therefore, you should really try to listen to your body and eat when it needs or wants food.

Lyndi (pictured) said it would be far better if you were little in the morning when you were hungry as it would keep you from getting angry later

Lyndi (pictured) said it would be far better if you were little in the morning when you were hungry as it would keep you from getting angry later

What are the three biggest breakfast mistakes?

* Eating too late – waiting until 9 or 10 am is too late and not so good for your metabolism.

* Excluding the calories from coffee – Milk-based coffee, including lattes, contains the same calories as a slice of toast.

* Not enough protein – too many people choose to eat a high-carb breakfast like toast or cereal that won't keep you full until lunchtime.

While many people skip breakfast because they think it will save them precious calories and mean they will lose weight, Lyndi believes this is not a good idea.

"If you're someone who likes to have breakfast in the morning and wakes up hungry, but purposely skipping it to feel starved and indulging in anything later, that's not healthy or ideal," Lyndi said.

She said it would be far better if you had something small to eat in the morning so that you don't overeat later.

If you don't feel hungry when you wake up, wait until noon to have your first meal.

"If you wake up starving and dream about breakfast, go to bed … well, that's a good sign that you are not eating enough or need to add more options to dinner," Lyndi added.

When you have breakfast, the nutritionist recommends that you mix your diets to achieve a diverse diet, even if it's just a different type of yogurt (Figure).

When you have breakfast, the nutritionist recommends that you mix your diets to achieve a diverse diet, even if it's just a different type of yogurt (Figure).

Lyndi's (pictured) favorite breakfasts include porridge with seeds and nuts or muesli, overnight oats, avocado on wholegrain toast or an omelette with added vegetables

Lyndi's (pictured) favorite breakfasts include porridge with seeds and nuts or muesli, overnight oats, avocado on wholegrain toast or an omelette with added vegetables

When you have breakfast, the dietitian recommends that you mix what you eat for a diverse diet.

"Even if that means just trying a different cereal combination, switching the yogurt you've bought, or adding different ingredients to your smoothie (any little helps)," said Lyndi.

Lyndi's favorite breakfasts include porridge with seeds and nuts or muesli, overnight oats, avocado on wholemeal toast or an omelette with added vegetables.

Previously, nutritionist Susie Burrell (pictured) shared why your so-called “healthy” breakfast can lead to weight gain

Before that, nutritionist Susie Burrell (pictured) shared with us why your so-called “healthy” breakfast can lead to weight gain

Many breakfast options marketed as healthy are the opposite - including white coffee, smoothies, and Turkish bread. You should opt for whole wheat toast with vegetables (picture)

Many breakfast options marketed as healthy are the opposite – including white coffee, smoothies, and Turkish bread. You should opt for whole wheat toast with vegetables (picture)

Previously, nutritionist Susie Burrell shared why your so-called "healthy" breakfast might cause you to gain weight.

Many breakfast options marketed as healthy are just the opposite – including white coffee, smoothies, and Turkish bread.

According to Susie, the main mistakes people make at breakfast are three simple things:

"First, they are late for breakfast – at 9 or 10 am," Susie told Daily Mail Australia.

"The earlier you have breakfast, the better it is for your metabolism," she added.

Second, the nutritionist said you could inadvertently gain weight simply by not counting the calories from your morning caffeine hit:

"Milk-based coffee, like a latte, has a similar number of calories to a slice of toast, so we need to count them," said Susie.

The third mistake is not getting enough protein.

"A high-carb breakfast like toast and cereal doesn't fill you up until lunchtime. For breakfast, you need 20 grams of good quality protein to keep your insulin and glucose levels under control," she said.

The nutritionist recommends getting protein from "two eggs, baked beans and cheese, or Greek yogurt or a protein shake."

Among the unhealthy breakfast options that meet so many of us are Turkish Toast and Vegemite:

"It's full of refined carbohydrates – as many carbohydrates as six to eight slices of bread!" Said Susie.

She also recommends that we stay away from banana bread – which is basically cake.

"Jumbo-sized smoothies can contain up to 60-80 grams or 12-16 teaspoons of sugar," said Susie.

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