Eating breakfast may not help you lose weight, study says

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Nine9HoneyCoachDietWill eating breakfast help you lose weight? Maybe By Sam Downing| 6 hours ago

It has always been regarded as the most important meal of the day, providing people with sustenance and energy for the activities that lay ahead and to ensure a healthy weight.

Meanwhile this new study, conducted by Monash University researchers, used evidence from 13 randomised controlled trials in developed countries, including the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Japan over 28 years to determine the effect of regularly eating breakfast on weight change and daily energy intake.

However, those findings come from observational trials and critics say there may be other important differences between people who do or do not tend to start the day with a meal.

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

Prof Cicuttini explains that the focus should be not placed on when we eat our largest meal of the day - whether it's at lunch or breakfast - but on total daily calorie content.

If you're trying to lose weight you've probably been told not to skip breakfast, as it could make you hungrier later in the day.

Previous studies have suggested that eating breakfast will help you maintain a healthy weight, partly to do with keeping you fuller for longer during the day and warding off the temptation to snack.

The results suggest that eating breakfast contributes to weight gain "simply by more calorie intake", according to Cicuttini. They're saying that if you make healthy lifestyle and food choices - then eating breakfast won't have a detrimental effect on your weight.

"If you eat breakfast, you won't metabolise [your food] better and you may still be hungry later on".

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"Caution is needed when recommending breakfast for weight loss in adults, as it could have the opposite effect". NHS advice warns: "Some people skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight".

Although the authors pointed out that there were some inconsistencies and varying quality in the studies included in the review, they said it appears that eating breakfast isn't a helpful strategy for losing weight.

BREAKFAST HAS traditionally been described as the most important meal of the day.

It has previously been suggested that eating breakfast may help with weight loss because of the efficient burning of calories early in the day preventing overeating later on.

Indeed, the researchers cautioned that numerous studies included in the review had notable limitations.

Study authors argue that "currently, the available evidence does not support modifying diets in adults to include the consumption of breakfast as a good strategy to lose weight". "There are lots of reasons why people eat breakfast - growing children might want to eat before they go to school, older people might need to eat after taking medication or it could be a cultural tradition", she says.

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

Professor Tim Spector, of King's College London, discussing the findings, said that people have different preferences for when they eat food, which 'might suit our unique personal metabolism'.

He added: 'No 'one size fits all, ' and prescriptive slow moving diet guidelines filled with erroneous information look increasingly counterproductive and detract from important health messages.

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