Why calories count: 10 common myths busted

  • Why calories count: 10 common myths busted

    Exempt from the mayor's proposal are juices, dairy-base drinks, alcoholic beverages and diet drinks that meet the calorie guidelines. And of course, water. iStockphoto

    2. Myth: Not skipping breakfast helps you cut calories

    Variety of breakfast foodsSome studies say yes, others say no. The studies that say yes to eating breakfast are mostly sponsored by the makers of breakfast cereals who are eager to convince Americans that breakfast equals cereal, according to Nestle. Overall, body weight depends on calorie intake no matter when they are eaten. For some people, skipping breakfast helps reduce calorie intake. For others, it makes them overcompensate later on in the day. It's always a good idea to eat when you are hungry.

    Their advice? Do what works best for you. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to figure out a minimum daily calorie requirement to eat at any meal, and there are no special foods that have to be eaten at breakfast. Any foods that provide a balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates will do the trick. The variety of foods eaten throughout the world at breakfast is an indication of that diversity.