Is breakfast really important for weight loss? New study says no

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Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day, but according to a new review out [January 30] in the BMJ, it won’t help you lose weight. The study found no good evidence that regularly eating breakfast helps us cut down on calories or avoid weight gain. More damning, it even found some evidence that skipping breakfast entirely would be better for our waistlines.

“The problem is that those who eat breakfast tend to be different to those who don’t. … ,” senior author Flavia Cicuttini [said].

Cicuttini and her team decided to round up and analyze as many relevant clinical trials on the topic as they could find to help settle the question, something scientists call a meta-analysis. They looked at 13 trials, conducted in the U.S., UK, and Japan between 1992 to 2016.

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“We found that those who ate breakfast tended to eat about 260 extra calories per day more and on average gain 0.44 kilograms [roughly a pound],” said Cicuttini. “Importantly there was no evidence for improved metabolism in those who ate breakfast or that they were less likely to overeat later in the day.”

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