Does eating breakfast really help with weight loss? A new study which looked at effect of eating the first meal of the day on weight management found no evidence on such association.

Breakfast traditions varyvfrom state to state. Those in United States and United Kingdom often prefer eggs and bacon and those in Italy and France tend to favor croissants. Many people marks breakfast as an essential part of the day as it delivers the body with the nutrients and energy.

Recent research finds no evidnce to suggest that eating breakfast may help with weight loss or skipping it has the reverse effect. The new findings are published in the BMJ.

In this study, the researchers from onash University in Melbourne, Australia, examined 13 randomized controlled trials as they wanted to study the links between breakfast and weight change.

Firstly the team found no such evidence to claim that eating the first meal of the day may help with weight loss. In addition they also found no association between skipping breakfast and feeling hungrier.

“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,” the authors conclude.

The effects of eating or skipping breakfast varies from person to person because we all have a unique metabolism.

“While waiting for guidelines to change, no harm can be done in trying out your own personal experiments in skipping breakfast,” said Prof. Spector who is professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London in the U.K.


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