For years I thought that breakfast was a key to weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, a new study says that is not the case.
The study found that eating breakfast does not help you eat less during the day and if you do end up eating breakfast, you actually will eat more calories.
“We should not change diets to include breakfast eating in order to lose weight. Do what works best for you,” said review senior author Flavia Cicuttini. She is head of the musculoskeletal unit at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
It was noted that everyone has a unique metabolism so our bodies respond differently when it comes to eating different foods. It is best to experiment and find out what works for your body. I am usually not hungry in the morning when I get up but I get an appetite hours later. Even if I do eat something in the morning, it does not help me lose weight because I still eat a lot during the day.
For the study, researchers looked at 13 random trials that happened over the past 30 years. Most of the studies were from the United States and the United Kingdom. The participants who ate breakfast consumed at least 260 more calories a day and the ones who skipped breakfast were about one pound lighter.
Even though the authors mentioned that there were some inconsistencies and varying quality in the studies included in the review, they said it seems that eating breakfast is not a beneficial strategy for weight loss.
To say the least, I believe that if you like to eat breakfast in the morning, that is cool. There is no evidence that skipping breakfast will help you lose weight faster and prevent weight gain. Find out what diet works best for you and if you just have to eat breakfast, you can do so and still lose weight.
SOURCES: Flavia Cicuttini, Ph.D., head, musculoskeletal unit, department of epidemiology and preventive medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; Tim Spector, Ph.D., professor, genetic epidemiology, King’s College London; Dana White, M.D., R.D., clinical associate professor, athletic training and sports medicine, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn.; Jan. 30, 2019,BMJ, online
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