Weight loss: How important is eating breakfast?

February 13, 2019  10:45

One new study finds no evidence to suggest that eating the first meal of the day may help with weight loss.

Every single day, people around the world sit at the table to enjoy what many consider to be "the most important meal of the day."

Breakfast traditions vary: those from the United States and United Kingdom tend to favor eggs and bacon, whereas those in Italy and France often prefer croissants.

Regardless of what people choose to eat for breakfast, many people see this meal as an essential part of the day.

This is because it provides the body with the nutrients and energy needed to start the day. That said, the debate about breakfast's role in health has been ongoing for years.

Every single day, people around the world sit at the table to enjoy what many consider to be "the most important meal of the day."

Breakfast traditions vary: those from the United States and United Kingdom tend to favor eggs and bacon, whereas those in Italy and France often prefer croissants.

Regardless of what people choose to eat for breakfast, many people see this meal as an essential part of the day.

This is because it provides the body with the nutrients and energy needed to start the day. That said, the debate about breakfast's role in health has been ongoing for years.

We should interpret these findings with caution, however, due to study limitations. For example, the researchers did not take into consideration the types of food that people consumed for breakfast. Individual lifestyle and food choices play a significant role in weight management.

To find out more about the links between breakfast and weight change, a team of researchers from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, analyzed 13 randomized controlled trials — mostly from the U.S. and U.K. — from the past 28 years.

The findings debunked two myths:

  • Firstly, they found no evidence to suggest that eating breakfast may help with weight loss due to the efficient burning of calories early on preventing overeating later in the day.
  • Secondly, they found that skipping breakfast was not linked to people feeling hungrier.

Source: Medical News Today

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