In contrast to previous reports (see previous blog: Skipping breakfast -boomerang effect for obesity …), a recent Study Indicates Lack of Weight Loss by Adding Breakfast (from USA Today). Here’s an excerpt
Grandmothers, marketers and researchers alike have long touted breakfast as a must-have meal, praising its ability to rev up metabolism, stave off hunger, help calorie watchers keep their weight in check and improve concentration and cognitive function.
But for all the glowing endorsements, there have also been warnings against over-hyping the power of breakfast.
That concern was raised again this summer when a study comparing groups of overweight and obese adults dieters found that eating or skipping breakfast made no difference in how much weight was lost over a 16-week period.
“Our simple question was (when it comes to weight loss), does it help to eat breakfast? And the answer seems to be probably not,” says David Allison, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Nutrition Obesity Research Center and senior investigator of the study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.