There’s even more evidence that skipping breakfast might help you lose weight

There’s even more evidence that skipping breakfast might help you lose weight

There’s even more evidence that skipping breakfast might help you lose weight

There's a persistent myth that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day", one that may have been heavily influenced by early marketing campaigns involving breakfast cereals.

After comparing all 13 studies, the researchers found that people who skipped breakfast weighed 1lb less than those who ate a morning meal - although weight alone isn't a complete judge of health.

A new analysis by Monash University in Melbourne looked at data from 13 randomized, controlled trials across the United Kingdom and USA over the last 28 years. Making healthy lifestyle choices, eating balanced meals and getting active as often as possible will probably be more effective in helping you lose weight than skipping breakfast.

However, the new study found that those who skipped breakfast did not compensate by eating more later in the day and there were no significant difference in metabolic rates between breakfast eaters and skippers.

Breakfast eaters also weighed, on average, nearly half a kilogram more (0.44kg) compared to non-breakfast eaters.

The pooled results found a very small difference in weight between those who ate breakfast and those who did not, with those who skipped breakfast on average 0.44kg lighter.

"Although eating breakfast regularly could have other important effects, caution is needed when recommending breakfast for weight loss in adults, as it may have the opposite effect".

The researchers say that those who are trying to lose weight should not necessarily eat breakfast if they don't want to.

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The reason breakfast was being recommended was not particularly for weight loss.

The authors said the overall quality of the studies was low and more research is needed - so the motto?

Several trials were also conducted to examine the effect of eating or skipping breakfast on bodyweight and energy intake.

"We found that breakfast is not the most important time of the day to eat, even though that belief is really entrenched in our society and around the world", says study co-author, Monash University professor and head of rheumatology at Alfred Hospital, Flavia Cicuttini.

There is no good evidence to support the idea that eating breakfast promotes weight loss.

For some people this means skipping breakfast, but for others it can be eating your final food of the day in the afternoon.

To put that another way, you might as well argue that having more money and education makes you more likely to be slim - not the act of eating breakfast.

Stabilises your blood sugar levels. The topic of diet has dedicated TIME ONLINE with a focus on: "What can you eat today?" But ultimately, a better question than when should I eat is what foods should I eat, and in what quantities? 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.

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