Many experts (and moms) have claimed that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Is it really though? It has been claimed that breakfast helps with weight management and that skipping it can lead to weight gain and obesity.
A study published in 2014 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition took 309 obese/overweight participants and split them into two groups; one that ate breakfast and one that did not. After 16 weeks, no difference between the two groups was found. Overall caloric intake was not measured, which means that neither group was told what to eat only if they should or should not eat breakfast.
What really matters is at the end of the day is not just overall calorie intake, but where those calories are coming from. If your diet is too high in unhealthy foods and you are not physically active enough, you will gain weight.
If you are not a breakfast person, there is no real reason to start now. However, make sure that your first meal is a nutritious one with a healthy balance of protein, carbs, and fats.
If you already do eat in the morning, take a look at what you are having. Most breakfast items are full of fats and carbs, which is not good if you are trying to drop a few pounds. Try switching to something higher in protein and lower in carbs like this simple 3 minute breakfast from Tim Ferriss.
Keep in mind, it does not really matter if you eat breakfast when it comes to weight management. It always comes back to the overall quality of your diet. Start your day with unprocessed foods to feel full all morning long.