Does Eating Breakfast REALLY Make You Healthier? Some Experts Think Not

Does Eating Breakfast REALLY Make You Healthier? Some Experts Think Not

Those who did not eat breakfast lost on average a pound more than those who did, consuming about 260 fewer calories a day, researchers found.

The researchers also found no significant difference in metabolic rates between breakfast eaters and breakfast skippers - suggesting there is no evidence that eating it may help with weight loss due to "efficient" burning of calories earlier in the day.

It found that for people who already don't eat breakfast, and want to lose weight, adding breakfast isn't a good idea.

As part of the study, researched looked at the effect of eating a regular breakfast had on weight change and daily energy intake, using evidence collated from 13 studies over the past 28 years.

In what may be sad news for lovers of eggs, avocado, and oatmeal, a new study has concluded that people who skip breakfast tend to weigh less than those who eat a morning meal.

People's bodies differ. Listen to your body.

The reason breakfast was being recommended was not particularly for weight loss. "It has the same impact on your calorie intake if you have it for breakfast as though you have it at 4pm". Studies have tried to answer whether breakfast is actually more important than other meals. But these studies observed large populations over time, and it's possible that breakfast eaters in those studies tended to have other healthy lifestyle habits - like a healthier diet in general or a better exercise regime - that are responsible for the link.

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Additionally, there was little difference in effect of breakfast on normal and overweight people.

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.

The Association of UK Dietitians recommends that 20-25% of people's daily nutritional requirements should come from their breakfast.

The findings fly in the face of the common consensus that skipping breakfast only leads to snacking on calorie-dense, less sustaining snacks later in the day.

Maintaining a healthy body weight is important for overall wellbeing and for avoiding certain illnesses - but weight isn't the only marker of good health, and shouldn't be your only consideration when it comes to making decisions about food.

"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. 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. "But there are certainly many people for whom eating breakfast is in fact likely to make it tougher".

Nutritionist Sarah Keogh, from Eatwell, said: "We know from studies on breakfast that it is one of the places that people pick up things like fibre".

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