How important is breakfast to weight loss?

The only way to lose weight is to start the day with a healthy breakfast, right? That’s the notion that health experts have shared with us for years. But it may not be totally accurate.

According to several studies, skipping breakfast may not be so bad for your diet after all. Though earlier studies have found correlations between eating breakfast and weight loss success, few studies have really put this theory to the test in randomized clinical trials. Previous studies have simply asked patients to report on their eating habits and then compared this info with their health records.

A team of researchers from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia reviewed 13 separate studies that each involved participants either skipping or eating breakfast. The length of time for each study ranged from 24 hours to 16 weeks. Some studies concentrated on daily caloric intake and others on weight gain/loss.

After the review, the team determined that people who ate breakfast consumed an average of 260 more calories a day and gained an average of one pound at the end of the studies. Therefore, the results aren’t drastic enough to encourage people one way or the other to eat or skip breakfast.

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