New research claims skipping breakfast could help you lose weight

Henrietta Brewer
February 1, 2019

The results suggested those who skipped the meal did not compensate by eating more later in the day.

It has always been regarded as the most important meal of the day, providing people with sustenance and energy for the activities that lay ahead and to ensure a healthy weight.

"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", they conclude.

Habitual and non-habitual breakfast eaters were studied while test subjects with a range of body weights were assessed over periods ranging from 24 hours to 16 weeks.

There was no evidence found that people who skip breakfast have significant metabolic rate differences from people who eat breakfast. As per the findings of the study, the total daily energy intake was found to be higher in groups who ate breakfast compared with those who skipped it regardless of their usual breakfast habits.

The research found that people who skipped breakfast were on average 0.44kg lighter.


The research also shows that you don't have to eat a good breakfast in order to set you up for the day or to stop you from getting hangry later in afternoon.

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

Indeed, the researchers cautioned that numerous studies included in the review had notable limitations.

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".

"Therefore, the problem with observational studies is that it may not be the breakfast eating that is good but rather the individual's wider healthy lifestyle and food choices that result in the benefits on weight", senior author Flavia Cicuttini, an epidemiologist at Monash University in Australia, told Gizmodo via email. But what we tend to see is that there's a strong push towards eating breakfast because "you should".

Hold onto your flaky croissant and spicy shakshuka eggs: new Australian research has just shattered one of the most widespread food myths, integral to the diets of people of all cultures in developed countries across the globe.


She said that around 80% of people in Ireland don't eat enough fibre and she said she would have "a huge concern if people suddenly cut it out".

Most of the studies tracked participants for less than a month.

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".

If you're trying to lose weight you've probably been told not to skip breakfast, as it could make you hungrier later in the day.

It's common for people on such protocols to break their fasts at lunchtime, regularly skipping breakfast and finishing their day's feeding with dinner at about 8pm.

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


"Prescriptive, slow-moving diet guidelines filled with erroneous information look increasingly counterproductive and detract from important health messages". "But there are certainly many people for whom eating breakfast is in fact likely to make it tougher".

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