Weight loss: How important is eating breakfast?

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.”

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

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.

No ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach
Participants were habitual and nonhabitual breakfast eaters with different body weights. The team found that the total daily energy intake was higher in people who ate breakfast than in those who skipped it. Also, people who skipped breakfast were, on average, 0.44 kilograms (0.97 pounds) lighter.

Some trials focused on the effects of either eating or skipping breakfast and any changes to body weight. Others looked at the impact that breakfast has on daily energy intake. Given the varying quality of the studies, the study authors warn that we should interpret the findings with caution.

Despite some limitations, the study authors explain that the evidence gathered by all the studies conducted to date does not support diets for adults that include eating breakfast as a good strategy for weight loss. The authors conclude:

“Although eating breakfast regularly could have other important effects, caution is needed when recommending breakfast for weight loss in adults, as it may have the opposite effect.”

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