Study finds breakfast might not be most important daily meal

Study finds breakfast might not be most important daily meal

The theory that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - including for dieters - may not be true, research suggests.

The study further say that their review questions the popular recommendation that eating breakfast can help with weight control.

Meanwhile this new study, conducted by Monash University researchers, used evidence from 13 randomised controlled trials in developed countries, including the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Japan over 28 years to determine the effect of regularly eating breakfast on weight change and daily energy intake.

Here is what they found: Those who ate breakfast tended to consume 260 extra calories per day compared to those who skipped it.

The authors highlight that because of the varying quality of the studies included, the findings should be interpreted with caution.

Overall people who don't eat breakfast weighed on average, 0.44kg lighter.

Previous research has shown weight loss benefits of sticking to a morning meal.

But a new study seems to go against that.

The results, published in the British Medical Journal, revealed just a very small difference in weight loss between those who ate breakfast and those who did not. "But that need not necessarily apply to everyone", they say.

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While several studies have linked lower body weight to frequent breakfast consumption, King's College London professor Tim Spector noted such research is "flawed by bias".

However, the new study found that those who skipped breakfast did not compensate by eating more later in the day and there were no significant difference in metabolic rates between breakfast eaters and skippers.

'With low blood sugar, we're more likely to have a low mood, feel exhausted, hungry and crave pick-me-ups. "It has the same impact on your calorie intake if you have it for breakfast as though you have it at 4pm".

But they concluded it did not appear to help people lose weight and should not be recommended for this. The topic of diet has dedicated TIME ONLINE with a focus on: "What can you eat today?" Making healthy lifestyle choices, eating balanced meals and getting active as often as possible will probably be more effective in helping you lose weight than skipping breakfast.

"No 'one size fits all, ' and prescriptive slow moving diet guidelines filled with erroneous information look increasingly counterproductive and detract from important health messages".

Notably, they reported finding no evidence of improved metabolism among the ones who ate breakfast.

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

The trainer to stars such as Margot Robbie, Claudia Schiffer, and Colin Firth is an advocate of time-restricted eating, also known as intermittent fasting, whereby you limit your window of consumption to, ideally, eight hours. And nor will opting for avocado, rolled oats and other healthy breakfast options help if they're supersized portions.

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