Breakfast might not help weight-loss - but you shouldn't skip meals

Desiree Burns
February 2, 2019

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

A team from Monash University in Melbourne analysed the effect of regularly eating breakfast on weight change and daily energy intake. Therefore, it also means that anyone Who wants to lose weight, is to fill the stomach in the morning.

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.

"We found that those who ate breakfast tended to eat about 260 extra calories per day more and on average gain 0.44kg", said the paper's co-author Flavia Cicuttini, a Monash professor of clinical epidemiology.

Cicuttini said the study's message isn't that anyone should start skipping breakfast to lose weight.

"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".

"This review questions the recommendation for breakfast consumption" to help with weight loss, the researchers, from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, wrote in the January 30 issue of the journal The BMJ.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) says 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".

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The scientists aren't the first to challenge the supposed link between eating breakfast and weight loss.

The analysis looked at relatively low-quality studies and dieters should keep that in mind. Rather, it's that breakfast probably isn't the magic weight-loss solution it's sometimes made out to be, so it shouldn't be prescribed to everyone. According to the findings of the investigation, the absolute every day energy admission was observed to be higher in groups who had breakfast contrasted and the individuals who skirted it paying little heed to their standard breakfast propensities.

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

In the new review, the researchers analyzed information from 13 previous studies in which participants were randomly assigned to either eat breakfast or skip breakfast.

"But plan what you have as it's far better to take breakfast with you than to grab a chocolate muffin and a latte from the nearest coffee shop when you get hungry later".

"Breakfast is important for nutrient intake, such as cereals and milk which are good for calcium and fibre". Eating a healthy breakfast which includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains has been associated with proper growth and improved cognitive function in children and teenagers.

But she also noted that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to eating breakfast.

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.

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