Debunking Breakfast: A Live Webcast

[Updated March 9th] Thanks to Darya Pino from, Ben Greenfield of, and Gloria Tsang of, the folks at, and all of you who joined us for our live round-table on breakfast. It was a fascinating discussion!   For those of you who might be interested in looking at some of the primary research that we discussed, I’ve posted links to those studies below. 


The Topic: Debunking Breakfast

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most essential meal of the day and that eating breakfast is a critical part of successful weight management. Yet a new study in Nutrition Journal finds that eating a smaller breakfast–or no breakfast at all–may be an effective way to reduce calories.

We’re going to sort through the research and talk about what it does (or doesn’t) mean for you in a lively 45-minute discussion and we hope you’ll join in with your comments and questions as well. This special video event will be broadcast live right here on the website. I hope you’ll join us!

Links to Research

Impact of breakfast on daily energy intake – an analysis of absolute versus relative breakfast calories. Nutrition Journal, Jan 2011

The Time of Day of Food Intake Influences Overall Intake in Humans Nutrition Journal, Jan 2004

Association of breakfast energy density with diet quality and body mass index in American adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, 1999–2004 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Nov 2008

Deleterious effects of omitting breakfast on insulin sensitivity and fasting lipid profiles in healthy lean women American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Feb 2005

Short-term effect of eggs on satiety in overweight and obese subjects. Journal of Am. Coll Nutr Dec 2005.

Consuming eggs for breakfast influences plasma glucose and ghrelin, while reducing energy intake during the next 24 hours in adult men. Nutrition Research Feb 2010

Time-of-day-dependent dietary fat consumption influences multiple cardiometabolic syndrome parameters in mice. International Journal of Obesity  Nov 2010

Energy and macronutrient composition of breakfast affect gastric emptying of lunch and subsequent food intake, satiety and satiation. Appetite 2010.

The effects of high-carbohydrate vs high-fat breakfasts on feelings of fullness and alertness, and subsequent food intake International J of Food Science Nutrition , Jan 1999

Fat oxidation during exercise and satiety during recovery are increased following a low-glycemic index breakfast in sedentary women. Journal of Nutrition May 2009


14 thoughts on “Debunking Breakfast: A Live Webcast

  1. We are planning to record the session! Barring technical difficulties, I hope to post the video afterwards. Thanks for your interest!

  2. Looking forward to this, Monica–I’m in the pro-b’fast camp, but have determined that my winter oatmealfest is indeed a calorie suck in my day. Ready to be convinced! Do hope you’ll address those of us who work out in the morning and feel the need for fuel…

  3. Loved your chat on Martha Stewart Living this morning. I’ve already bought your book, bought a 2nd copy for my friend and downloaded all your podcasts. You and I are similarly minded when it comes to eating. After trial & error, and reading everything I could on the internet, I just stabilized my dad’s blood glucose levels after a lifetime of brittle diabetes. He is an 80 yr old life-long Type 1 Diabetic who ate “well” but now he eats “perfectly” (if he sticks to my strict diet plan) and has STABLE glucose levels. I’d love to know your thoughts on sweet potatoes. My experience was that they tended to spike blood glucose levels.
    Thanks for your great work!

    1. Hi, Jennifer. Thanks for coming to last night’s discussion. As you probably know, sweet potatoes (paradoxically) have a lower glycemic index/load than white potatoes. However, the glucose monitor always trumps GI/GL listings because individual response to foods can vary so much. So, if you’ve seen spiked glucose levels after sweet potatoes, there’s your answer. It might be worth adjusting serving size downward and/or combining with protein foods. Or, for a nutritious and low-carb alternative that is sorta in the same direction flavor-wise, try roasted winter squash!

  4. Update on recording: Unfortunately, our attempts to record the session for those who could not attend failed. (We got audio but no video). Ah, technology.

      1. Oh, you’re going to kill me but I mis-typed: We got video but not audio. Much less helpful. Sorry to disappoint you. We’re still trying to resolve the technical barriers to recording these sessions so that we can make them available for people who can’t attend.

        This particular discussion, however, turned out to be one of the few events in modern life that actually wasn’t captured for posterity. Remember when MOST events were like that? 🙂

    1. I watched like ten minutes or so but my connection was painfully slow. Just an audio version would be good if you could upload that.

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