Food for thought: Doubt cast on importance of breakfast


Breakfast might not be the most important meal of the day, according to research released this morning.

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". In a most of past examinations, consuming breakfast was connected with keeping up of sound weight; since, the researchers of the most recent investigation benefited not discover at all proof to help this thought.

Few of the studies blinded the volunteers, meaning they knew if they were eating breakfast or not.

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

In fact, the study shows that daily calorie intake is higher in people eating breakfast and that skipping breakfast does not cause greater appetite later in the day.

The authors say it'll take more research, preferably from large, high-quality trials, to be completely sure of anything. The results highlight little difference between the two groups, though, indicating that eating breakfast may not be something worth stressing over.

Dana Hunnes, a senior dietitian at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, who was not involved in the review, said that its conclusions don't appear strong enough to warrant recommending for or against skipping breakfast.

Some of the trials tested if adding or skipping breakfast could affect weight; others looked at whether breakfast would affect a person's total calories in a day.

Spector also noted the growing popularity and scientific weight behind time-restricted eating, a form of intermittent fasting where adherents limit their food intake to a particular window of time every day - those on the 16:8 diet, for example, fast for 16 consecutive hours every 24 hours, and eat all their meals within the remaining eight.

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There was also no difference in the effect of breakfast on weight between those with a normal weight and those who were overweight.

The study went on: "While breakfast has been advocated as the most important meal of the day in the media since 1917, there is a paucity of evidence to support breakfast consumption as a strategy to achieve weight loss, including in adults with overweight or obesity".

The analysis found that the basal metabolic rate of breakfast-eaters was no higher than breakfast-skippers.

Also, it's probably in the afternoon, not hungry when Breakfast is omitted.

The scientists aren't the first to challenge the supposed link between eating breakfast and weight loss.

'Eating a meal in the morning - and it doesn't need to be immediately after waking - helps to restore blood sugar levels which will have fallen overnight, ' explains nutritionist and founder of employee wellbeing company Elevate, Ruth Tongue.

"If you eat breakfast, you won't metabolise [your food] better and you may still be hungry later on".

But the BMJ research did not look at this aspect of breakfast. "Importantly there was no evidence for improved metabolism in those who ate breakfast or that they were less likely to overeat later in the day".

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