Breakfast is said to be the most important meal for the day. It provides the body with the right nutrients that it needs to function and perform well throughout the day. There are previous studies that indicate how eating or not eating breakfast can affect weight loss. The different studies seem to offer different results.
One study regarding breakfast indicates that it makes people more susceptible to eating more, especially in eating high-calorie foods. The said study seems to indicate that fasting may develop a bias towards eating more unhealthy foods. Another study indicate that eating a large breakfast and small dinner help promote weight loss and reduce risk of certain diet-related diseases and conditions. But a recent study by researchers from University of Alabama at Birmingham seem to challenge previous assertions about breakfast, especially when it comes to associating with obesity.
The said study aimed to how much an impact a recommendation of eating or skipping breakfast and other associated habits can have on weight loss in adults who are trying to lose weight independently. The UAB researchers studied 309 otherwise healthy overweight or obese adults situated across multiple locations. Groups were specifically told to either skip or eat breakfast regularly. Two other control groups of breakfast skippers and breakfast eaters were also provided with healthy nutrition advice that did not mention anything regarding breakfast. The researchers then followed the different groups for a period of 16 weeks.
The UAB researchers found out that weight loss did not have any impact whether people are regularly eating or regularly skipping breakfast. According to Emily Dhurandhar, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the Department of Health Behavior at UAB and lead author of the said study, “We should try to understand why eating or skipping breakfast did not influence weight loss, despite evidence that breakfast may influence appetite and metabolism.”
The study indicates that further study may be needed to determine what is important in a healthy and well-balanced diet. Further investigations into the matter may help provide a better picture into how diet may influence effective weight loss. The study is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Source: Medical News Today