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Skipping Breakfast for Weight Loss • Does It Help?

1. Does breakfast speed up your metabolism?

Your body uses energy for everything you do, including eating. It takes energy to store food in your stomach, transport it to your small intestine, absorb it, and digest it. In technical terms, this is called “diet-induced thermogenesis.” This, along with your basal metabolic rate and physical activity, determines your daily calorie intake. When you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight.

So, does breakfast boost your metabolism? Studies on this topic are inconclusive. It’s not yet clear whether this diet-stimulated thermogenesis after breakfast speeds up your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories.(1)

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