Is skipping breakfast slimming? Many Aussies seem to think so, with new research revealing almost a million Australian adults skip breakfast because they are dieting or watching their weight.

And the research showed it’s not just women skipping “the most important meal of the day” for the sake of their waistlines – 44 per cent of the people missing breakfast for weight reasons were men.

The reality is that skipping is not slimming, and in fact the opposite is true. Scientific studies consistently show that people who regularly eat breakfast cereal are more likely to be slimmer, have a healthier body weight and a lower BMI than breakfast skippers.

They are also more likely to have better nutrient intakes and better overall diets.

“Eating breakfast restores your depleted blood sugar levels and kick starts your metabolism,” says Accredited Practising Dietitian and Director of the Australian Breakfast Cereals Manufacturers Forum Leigh Reeve. “It also helps to guard against over-eating later in the day by balancing ghrelin levels, a hormone that regulates hunger.”

And the latest science shows that bigger may be better when it comes to weight loss and breakfast. Research published in the journal Obesity found that people who ate their biggest meal at breakfast – in this case 50 per cent of their energy intake – were far more likely to lose weight and centimetres off their waistline than those who eat a large dinner.

“Nutrition experts generally recommended eating at least 20-25 per cent of your daily kilojoule intake at breakfast, but we certainly watch with great interest new studies highlighting the benefits of a bigger morning meal,” says Reeve.

Are you a breakfast skipper or a breakfast lover? Do you go big on brekkie or keep it light? Let us know!