Eating Breakfast May Not Help You Shed Weight

There’s 'no one size fits all' approach to weight loss and eating breakfast

There’s 'no one size fits all' approach to weight loss and eating breakfast

Experts say that people who enjoy breakfast should not stop eating first thing in the morning, but rather they should take a look at what they are consuming to ensure a balanced diet.

"Observational studies have shown that obese and diabetic people skipped meals more often than thin people", he wrote in a linked BMJ opinion article, which was republished on The Conversation. They're saying that if you make healthy lifestyle and food choices - then eating breakfast won't have a detrimental effect on your weight.

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.

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

In fact, the research suggests that ditching breakfast completely would be better for your waistline.

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.

Researchers from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, studied 13 randomised controlled trials in the USA and United Kingdom from the last 28 years.

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".

Nutritional specialist Andrea du Plessis has cautioned that the study focuses on the effects of breakfast on weight.

It's common for people on such protocols to break their fasts at lunchtime, regularly skipping breakfast and finishing their day's feeding with dinner at about 8pm. Writing in the British Medical Journal, they said: 'This study suggests that the addition of breakfast might not be a good strategy for weight loss, regardless of established breakfast habit.

What's more, researchers have thought that people who skip breakfast would feel hungrier later in the day and thus eat more.

"If you eat breakfast, you won't metabolise [your food] better and you may still be hungry later on". But the new study, led by Australian researchers, found that those who skipped breakfast consumed an average of 260 fewer calories per day.

Researchers found there is no good evidence to support the idea that eating breakfast promotes weight loss - or that skipping breakfast leads to weight gain.

More research is needed into the impact of breakfast on metabolism and weight. Therefore, it also means that anyone Who wants to lose weight, is to fill the stomach in the morning.

Additionally, this study specifically aimed to "provide important information for those who are overweight and are trying to work out what they might do to either lose weight or prevent weight gain" in the general population, not in athletes, according to Cicuttini.

It's always important to discuss diet plans or changes with a GP or health professional.

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