Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Breakfast isn't the answer to weight loss, study finds

Breakfast isn't the answer to weight loss, study finds

A new study has found that breakfast probably isn't the most important meal of that day and that dieters may have better luck losing weight if they skip the meal.

As part of the study, researched looked at the effect of eating a regular breakfast had on weight change and daily energy intake, using evidence collated from 13 studies over the past 28 years. Aside from higher admission of calories, it was additionally seen that skipping breakfast does not cause more noteworthy craving later in the day.

While those who opted to eat breakfast, ate an average of around 260 more calories per day.

People that skipped breakfast were on average 0.44 kg [0.97 pounds] lighter, according to the paper.

The researchers wrote: "This study suggests that the addition of breakfast might not be a good strategy for weight loss regardless of established breakfast habit". In a lot of previous studies, consumption of breakfast was linked with maintaining of healthy weight; however, the researchers of the latest study did not find any good evidence to support this idea.

As tempting as this might be if you have a weight-loss goal, the reality is that regularly skipping breakfast, or any meal, can be risky.

The authors noted that the overall quality of the studies was low, saying more research is needed. Another question relates to whether breakfast is a necessary component in weight loss strategies. There was also no evidence that they were less likely to overeat later in the day.

A new study has appeared to shed doubt on the importance of eating breakfast.

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It's common for people on such protocols to break their fasts at lunchtime, regularly skipping breakfast and finishing their day's feeding with dinner at about 8pm.

Participants included habitual/non-habitual breakfast eaters, or both, at a range of body weights who were monitored between 24 hours and 16 weeks.

She stressed that people should "follow what suits their bodies best", whether that is eating breakfast every day and cutting down on calories if they want to lose weight or, if they are not hungry in the mornings, simply skipping the morning meal.

'So all in all, the benefit you may get from a slightly reduced calorie intake skipping breakfast will be far outweighed by the negative effects'.

"Prescriptive, slow-moving diet guidelines filled with erroneous information look increasingly counterproductive and detract from important health messages".

It said eating breakfast regularly could have other important effects, such as improved concentration and attentiveness levels in children.

The theory behind this advice is simple: Eating early will speed up your metabolism and keep you from feeling extra hungry and overeating at later meals.

Coe, who was not involved in the research, added that a healthy breakfast is "just one part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle".

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