Mythbuster Monday: Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day for weight loss?

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Maybe you've heard that eating breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and helps with weight loss. Maybe you've heard that skipping breakfast altogether helps lower your daily calorie count. Maybe you're confused about the conflicting reports.

Mark Faries, exercise physiologist and behavioral psychologist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, says the latest research shows that there was no difference in weight loss between a group who ate breakfast and group that didn't. However, previous research has suggested that outside of an experiment, people who eat breakfast tend to be lower-weight than those who don't.

Faries says it's all about what you're eating.

"For some people, eating breakfast helps control cravings," said Faries. "For example, if you skip breakfast, you may end up having a much larger lunch where you haven't made as healthy of choices."

For others, Faries suggests that their breakfast foods aren't doing them any favors, as many breakfast foods can be high in calorie count.

"It really depends on what you're eating," said Faries.

So, is skipping breakfast bad for weight loss? Not necessarily. It's about finding the individual plan that works for you and your body.

For the full conversation, see the video player above. For Faries' myth-busting blog, see the Related Links.