They found that people who eat breakfast consume more calories overall than people who don't. It was estimated that people who skip breakfast consume around 260 calories lesser than people who ate breakfast.
We've all been told not to skip breakfast and to have one like a king. We were also told to eat lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper! We were warned of how our day would not function without a proper breakfast since it is the most important meal of the day. We were taught that skipping meals is not the ideal way to go if you're looking to lose some weight and so we followed heed, indulging in a healthy and tasty breakfast. But, it seems this may not be the case, and there's evidence that proves it. A study published in January 2019 has concluded that people who skip breakfast may actually lose weight faster than people who have breakfast. So, we were fooled?
The research, conducted by Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and published in the British Medical Journal, found that skipping breakfast could help people lose weight. 13 randomized studies related to breakfast and weight in high-income countries were analyzed by researchers. They found that people who eat breakfast consume more calories overall than people who don't. It was estimated that people who skip breakfast consume around 260 calories lesser than people who ate breakfast.
It has been commonly understood that having a hearty breakfast makes us feel full during the day and prevents us from snacking on unhealthy junk. But now it says otherwise. Very confusing, right? Well, the NHS claims that: "Research suggests people who eat breakfast are slimmer because they tend to eat less during the day — particularly fewer high-calorie snacks." There are some schools of thought that still believe it is healthier to have breakfast than to skip it.
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) adds that research shows that "people who eat breakfast have more balanced diets than those who skip it, are less likely to be overweight, (and) lose weight more successfully if overweight." It was also said that eating a healthy breakfast helps burn more calories throughout the day, but the study disproves this theory as well! First, we're told one thing and asked to follow it religiously, and then someone else comes up and says it's not the case. What do we do?
The analysis found that the basal metabolic rate of breakfast-eaters was no higher than breakfast-skippers. Shockingly, after comparing all 13 studies, researchers found that people who skipped breakfast weighed 1lb less than those who ate breakfast in the morning. But, weight alone is not a complete judge when it comes to the health factor. It does help lose weight, but the researchers noted that breakfast has, in fact, been shown to have other benefits such as improving concentration. Thus, further research is needed for the topic.
However, they wrote: This study suggests that the addition of breakfast might not be a good strategy for weight loss, regardless of established breakfast habit. They went on to say that "caution is needed when recommending breakfast for weight loss in adults, as it could have the opposite effect." They added, 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.
According to The Independent, Dr. Frankie Phillips, a registered dietician for the British Dietetic Association, told Press Association: Whilst some studies do show that people who eat breakfast tend to be a healthier weight, there is no clear benefit of starting to eat breakfast just as a tool to lose weight. The study shows that simply having breakfast isn't a magic recipe for weight loss for everyone.
"If you do enjoy breakfast, don't stop, but take a look at what you are having." He added, that breakfast has the potential to be one of the easiest times of the day to eat a balanced meal and to meet a number of nutrition targets. So a simple breakfast of wholegrain cereal and milk with a glass of unsweetened fruit juice and a cup of tea provides protein, fiber, a raft of vitamins and minerals, and plant phytochemicals. Is it just me or is all of this too much to take in?