German researchers studied the food intake of 280 obese adults and 100 of normal weight. The subjects kept records of everything they ate over two weeks, and were carefully instructed about the importance of writing down what they ate as soon as they ate it.
For both groups, a large breakfast simply added to the number of daily calories they consumed. Whether they ate a large breakfast, a small one or none at all, their nonbreakfast calorie intake remained the same.
What struck me as interesting was that the same results were seen in both groups. Both the fat and thin groups contained people that ate breakfasts of varying sizes, or not at all. Both found their nonbreakfast calorie intake remained the same. (It’s almost like fats are people!) But the idea that breakfast is “added calories” is seen as the primary news, because it contradicts the “eat like a king at breakfast and a pauper at dinner” advice.
Personally? Maybe it’s strange, but I try to match my breakfast to how hungry I am. I also decide whether my breakfast was good or not based on things like mood and energy levels. I know, it’s crazy.