Eating Breakfast May Not Help You Shed Weight

Eating Breakfast May Not Help You Shed Weight

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.

The researchers found that "the people who eat breakfast tend to have on average 260 calories a day extra and they tend to be heavier", Cicuttini said, regardless of the participants being used to having regularly breakfast or not.

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.

"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.

"People [in these studies] who skipped breakfast were more likely on average to be poorer, less educated, less healthy, and to have a generally poorer diet".

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.

Past studies have found a protein-based morning meal, or a bowl full of oats first thing, could be the key to maintaining a steady weight and controlling your appetite later in the day. But new research suggests that's not true.

The researchers in Australia also found that eating breakfast could still have some important effects such as improved concentration and attentiveness levels in children.

"Caution is needed when recommending breakfast for weight loss in adults, as it could have the opposite effect".

The review also didn't find any significant differences in metabolic rates between breakfast skippers and breakfast eaters.

Previous studies have suggested that eating breakfast revs up the metabolism and can help dieters stop overeating later in the day.

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.

Indeed, the researchers cautioned that numerous studies included in the review had notable limitations. Few of the studies blinded the volunteers, meaning they knew if they were eating breakfast or not.

"Currently, the available evidence does not support modifying diets in adults to include the consumption of breakfast as a good strategy to lose weight". That doesn't necessarily mean that you should skip breakfast if it's part of your daily habits - rather, there's no strong evidence to justify forcing yourself to eat breakfast as part of a weight less effort.

While several studies have linked lower body weight to frequent breakfast consumption, King's College London professor Tim Spector noted such research is "flawed by bias".

What's more, researchers have thought that people who skip breakfast would feel hungrier later in the day and thus eat more. "While waiting for guidelines to change, no harm can be done in trying out your own personal experiments in skipping breakfast".

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

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