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What really happens to your body when you skip breakfast - and it's not as bad as you think

Mirror logo Mirror 25/05/2017 Zahra Mulroy

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited If we all had a pound for every time we were told "breakfast is the most important meal of the day", we'd all be gleefully scaling our way up the property ladder by now.

As it is, the conventional wisdom about eating breakfast states that we should be doing it daily.

The argument in favour of breakfast is that it kickstarts our metabolisms and makes us less likely to over-eat.

However, other studies have contested this view.

So how bad IS it to miss breakfast?

One experiment looked into this, with surprising results.

Conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study explored what it is exactly that happens to your body when you skip breakfast.

Researchers at the University of Hohenheim in Germany tested 17 healthy adults on three different days, Cosmopolitan writes. 

On one of the days the participants skipped breakfast, the next they had three regular meals and the final one they skipped dinner.

Interestingly, the calorie, protein and fat breakdown on each day were kept the same.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty Blood samples were collected frequently from 7am until 9pm, which measured hormone levels, glucose and insulin concentrations, and immune cell activity.

It was found the participants did burn more calories when they skipped either lunch or dinner as opposed to when they missed breakfast.

But no difference was found in 24-hour glucose levels, insulin secretion or total physical activity between the three days.

Credits: E+ © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: E+ Although glucose concentrations and markers of inflammation and insulin resistance were higher after lunch on breakfast-skipping days.

So essentially the difference between having breakfast and not having breakfast is...not much at all.

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