Study finds eating breakfast may have little impact on weight loss

Study finds eating breakfast may have little impact on weight loss

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) adds that research shows that "people who eat breakfast have more balanced diets than those who skip it, are less likely to be overweight, (and) lose weight more successfully if overweight".

If your aim is to shed a few kilos, it turns out breakfast isn't the most important meal of the day after all. "However there is no evidence that we should be encouraging people to change their eat pattern to include breakfast in order to prevent weight gain or obesity".

Carried out by researchers at Monash University, the new study looked at 13 randomised controlled trials from the last 28 years to investigate whether regularly eating breakfast could have a positive effect on weight change and daily energy (calorie) intake. As per the findings of the study, the total daily energy intake was found to be higher in groups who ate breakfast compared with those who skipped it regardless of their usual breakfast habits.

Registered dietician Dana White, from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., said, "Maybe for those people who are anti-breakfast, this review gives reassurance that maybe skipping breakfast won't sabotage weight loss".

But while those trying to lose weight are routinely told to eat breakfast, a new study in the journal BMJ suggests it may not be a useful strategy after all.

But a new study seems to go against that.

She said that around 80% of people in Ireland don't eat enough fibre and she said she would have "a huge concern if people suddenly cut it out".

And they say caution is needed when recommending breakfast for weight loss in adults - because it could have the opposite effect.

The analysis found that the basal metabolic rate of breakfast-eaters was no higher than breakfast-skippers.

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They also say those who skipped the morning meal did not have an increased appetite later in the day.

And Cicuttini acknowledges this: "In the case of people who exercise regularly and need calories to fuel their workouts, then they need to eat in a way to match these needs", she said.

'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'.

More damning, it even found some evidence that skipping breakfast entirely would be better for our waistlines - although you should probably find better ways to stay fit. Research has shown that regularly eating a healthy breakfast (think fruits, veggies, and whole grains) helps kids and teens develop normally and stay sharp in school.

Overall amounts of glucose in the blood are also lower just 14 days after adopting a three meal a day eating plan.

They also failed to find a link between people skipping breakfast and subsequently feeling hungrier later in the day.

The findings fly in the face of the common consensus that skipping breakfast only leads to snacking on calorie-dense, less sustaining snacks later in the day.

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