Eating Breakfast Maybe Not Be That Helpful For Weight Loss After All

Eating Breakfast Maybe Not Be That Helpful For Weight Loss After All

Eating Breakfast Maybe Not Be That Helpful For Weight Loss After All

"The evidence is that eating breakfast does tend to add to the overall calorie intake of the person and to overall weight gain", Cicuttini said.

A review of studies found that eating breakfast does not appear to help people lose weight and should not necessarily be recommended as a weight-loss strategy.

Commenting on the results, Dr Frankie Phillips, registered dietitian for the British Dietetic Association, said: "Whilst some studies do show that people who eat breakfast tend to be a healthier weight, there is no clear benefit of starting to eat breakfast just as a tool to lose weight".

Participants included both those who regularly ate and skipped breakfast as well a range of body weights.

Conducted mostly on obese people from the United States or UK over the last several decades, those 13 trials looked at the links between eating (or skipping) breakfast and body weight, and how breakfast impacted total daily energy intake.

Those who ate breakfast consumed 260 more calories per day and gained 1lb more than those who skipped it, a review of previous studies found. Granted, that might be hard to practically hide from someone, but studies also rarely blinded the researchers who had to measure and calculate the results they got from the volunteers - another science no-no.

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

According to researchers from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, there is little to no evidence to support the idea that breakfast helps with weight loss.

However, as the study reads: "currently, the available evidence does not support modifying diets in adults to include the consumption of breakfast as a good strategy to lose weight".

But the effect of breakfast on weight did not differ between people with a normal weight and those who were overweight.

Prof Cicuttini tells SBS the researchers also conducted sub-analyses, eliminating data from the Japanese study to see if a person's culture impacted the relationship between breakfast consumption, weight and metabolism.

For decades, health experts have exhorted people not to miss breakfast, with warnings that those trying to keep their weight down by missing a meal will simply end up snacking more later. "Interestingly we found this to be the case regardless of established breakfast habit".

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"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. NHS advice warns: "Some people skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight".

However, Spector (himself a breakfast eater) acknowledged that time-restricted feeding is a "young discipline" that may only prove effective for "certain people".

The findings of the Monash University research team suggest that skipping breakfast might in fact be a good way to reduce total daily calorie intake.

"So if you eat breakfast and it suits you, then you shouldn't change".

Eating breakfast won't make you slim if you're knocking back a bowl of sugar disguised as cereal, or a full English (which can tally at 800-1000 calories, far above the 200-400 in a serving of cereal).

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Try mashing avocado on toast for a light healthy breakfast What is a healthy breakfast?

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