Eating Breakfast May Not Help You Shed Weight

Avoid these five breakfast foods for healthy weight loss

Avoid these five breakfast foods for healthy weight loss

It's the most important meal of the day... They're saying that if you make healthy lifestyle and food choices - then eating breakfast won't have a detrimental effect on your weight.

As a result, the researchers say caution is needed when recommending the eating of breakfast for weight loss in adults as it could have the opposite effect. These studies are usually observational, though, meaning they only look for indirect associations between two things (in this example, eating or skipping breakfast and weight loss or less obesity) in a decent-sized group of people.

Overall, the review found that people who ate breakfast consumed, on average, about 260 calories more per day than people who skipped breakfast.

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

In 2017, professor Terence Kealey, author of Breakfast is a Dangerous Meal, told the Telegraph how several studies championing breakfast were backed by food corporations.

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. People who always eat breakfast shouldn't be discouraged from doing so, she said. It also challenges studies that suggest skipping breakfast can disrupt the body's internal clock and lead to weight gain.

"For people trying to lose weight, the key to success is finding something that works for them and that they can stick to", she said.

However, they added 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".

This pattern held up regardless of where the studies took place or how much the volunteers weighed.

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Registered dietitian 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".

'So all in all, the benefit you may get from a slightly reduced calorie intake skipping breakfast will be far outweighed by the negative effects'.

They added: "Further high quality randomised controlled trials are needed to substantiate whether those individuals seeking to lose weight should skip or consume breakfast and the role of breakfast eating in an overall weight management approach".

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

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

More damning, it even found some evidence that skipping breakfast entirely would be better for our waistlines - although you should probably find better ways to stay fit.

That all makes a simple meal of breakfast seem astoundingly complicated.

Previous studies have suggested that eating breakfast fires up the metabolism and can help dieters stop overeating later in the day. "Or, you might just enjoy eating breakfast foods".

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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