Should You Skip Breakfast? (Sorry, the Answer Is Still No.)



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A study published earlier this month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that skipping breakfast doesn’t affect weight loss in dieters. But if you think the findings offer permission to skip breakfast, think again.

The Study
Researchers examined the effect of skipping or eating breakfast on weight loss in 309 healthy overweight and obese people who ranged in age from 20 to 65. One group ate breakfast before 10 a.m., while the second group didn’t eat anything before 11 a.m. A third group consisting of 44 people who normally skipped breakfast and 52 people who normally ate breakfast were not given any instruction.

The study found that eating or skipping breakfast did not affect weight loss one way or the other. But does it truly not matter if you bypass breakfast?

Other Research
Another set of data suggests breakfast can play a beneficial role in weight control. The National Weight Control Registry follows people who have lost 30 pounds or more and have kept it off for at least one year. Participants in the registry, which is run by a team of researchers from Brown Medical School and the University of Colorado, have lost an average of 66 pounds …read more