For years, your mom reminded you to eat breakfast because it's "the most important meal of the day." But skipping it might not be so bad after all.
Tim Spector, a professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College in London, blames poor quality research and outdated theories for this supposedly wrong belief.
"Studies showing a link between obesity and missing the meal are biased by the bad habits of many breakfast skippers. We know they are more likely to be less well-educated and ignore health advice, eat less fiber, smoke, and avoid sport," the professor said in a statement to Daily Mail UK. "All of which can lead to obesity and poor health regardless of breakfast."
Spector cited six studies conducted in the past few years, wherein four found that people who skipped breakfast—and therefore ate less—lost more pounds than those who didn't.
He recommended that people adapt the Mediterranean style of eating, which typically consists of two meals later in the day "regardless of calories."
Spector also said that there's a need for further investigation to prove claims that skipping breakfast can be bad for one's mental health. He added that breakfast's supposed benefits may simply be the result of genes or even personal preference.
"The studies we've done with twins at King's College London have shown a clear gene influence on whether you are a morning person or an evening person. And these body clock rhythms undoubtedly affect the times we prefer to eat," Specter, the author of The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat, revealed.
"So we should probably let our bodies guide our choice of having breakfast, rather than dubious studies and dogma."