For years, you have probably heard that breakfast is today's most important meal if you are trying to maintain a healthy weight. But new research suggests that it is not true.
Eating a large breakfast does not help people eat less later in the day, and those who have breakfast eat more calories every day, found the review.
"We should not change dietary habits to eat breakfast to lose weight. Do what works best for you," says senior author Flavia Cicuttini. She heads the musculoskeletal unit at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
"The proof is that eating breakfast tends to add to the person's total calorie intake and to the total weight gain," cicuttini said.
But she also noted that there is no size-fit-all solution to having breakfast. Some people like breakfast and some don't.
The results of the study were published online in BMJ .
Tim Spector, author of an accompanying journal editor, agreed whether or not breakfast should be based on personal preferences.
Spector, even a breakfast theater, said: "Everyone has a unique metabolism, puts genes and very different intestinal microbes and will respond to different foods. Do not take standard gospel guidelines. Experiment yourself even [to learn] what is best for your body. "
Earlier studies have suggested that eating breakfast will lead to a healthier weight. But both Cicuttini and Spector pointed out that most of the previous studies were observational. Spector noted that part of this research was "biased and flawless".
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The participants in the trials were of different weight and some were regular breakfast eaters, while others were not. The surveys monitor people for as little as a day or as long as 16 weeks.
People who ate breakfast ended up eating about 260 calories a day, found the review. People who skipped breakfast were about a pound lighter than those who ate breakfast.
The review also found no significant differences in metabolic rates between breakfast leaders and breakfast eaters.
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Although the authors pointed out that there were some discrepancies and varying quality in the studies included in the notification, they said it did not seem to eat breakfast a helpful strategy for losing weight.
According to Cicuttini, "The main message is that if a person likes to eat breakfast, it is fine. But there is no evidence that we should encourage people to change their eating patterns to include breakfast to prevent weight gain or obesity. . "
Registered dietitian Dana White from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, said:" Perhaps for those people who are anti-breakfast, this review assures that perhaps skipping breakfast will not sabotage weight loss. But if you are Morning hungry, I will not tell you to ignore it either. "
White said to people training in the morning, it might be harder to skip breakfast. But as with other times of the day, she suggested, "Eat when you are hungry and have moderate portions of food."
And while you are running breakfast, it may not be the precious evil it has often been portrayed to be the first meal in the morning is not likely to be a diet – everything else is White noted.
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