Myths of breakfast: why take “the most important meal of the day” may not be a good idea you want to lose weight

Myths of breakfast: why take “the most important meal of the day” may not be a good idea you want to lose weight


The general recommendation to lose kilos is that we should not skip any food, but does it work?

To lose weight, the general advice is that, among other things, you have to consume fewer calories. And there are few who insist that they should never skip meals.

That is at least the mantra of a good number of doctors, dieticians, endocrinologists and professionals in the world of nutrition: the intakes must be smaller in size, but more numerous.

They also say that, of all the meals, the breakfast “is the most important of the day”.

There is even a popular saying that supports this statement: ” Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar .”

But what if this was not really the best when you want to lose weight ?

A group of scientists from the University of Monash, in Australia, published a study in the British Medical Journal that questions the recommendation that having a good breakfast helps you lose weight or that jumping over you makes you go up.

Breakfast still life.
Copyright of the GETTY IMAGES imageImage caption It has always been said that, from the point of view of health, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.


And it is more, they assure that the people who skip the breakfast get thin more slightly than the one that keeps the first meal of the day.

A question of calories

For such conclusions, the team from the Australian university analyzed up to 13 studies on the effects that the ingestion of breakfast has on our weight.

In their analysis, they found that, as a rule, most participants who kept breakfast consumed up to 260 calories a day more than those who did not.

Woman trying to fasten her pants
Copyright of the GETTY IMAGES imageImage caption The analysis of a team of researchers determined that those who eat breakfast consume more calories and gain more kilos.


Another conclusion was that, on average, people who ate breakfast weighed about a pound more than those who had suppressed it from their diet at the time of finishing the study (which lasted, on average, about seven weeks).

So, should we skip breakfast?

Well, there is no single answer. The team responsible for the study believes that it should be investigated more and for longer periods, since those included in its analysis did not exceed 16 weeks.

They also say that although there is not enough evidence that taking breakfast helps in weight loss , as there is no way that skip it you earn it.

The general belief is that those who skip breakfast feel more hungry during the rest of the day and therefore end up eating more later, but Australian researchers say their analysis does not support such a claim.

Girl refusing to eat milk.
Copyright of the GETTY IMAGES imageImage caption Are you one of those who has always struggled to eat first thing in the morning? Some experts think that we should not force ourselves to have breakfast.


Dr. Dana Hunnes, a dietitian at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA University in Los Angeles, praised the study, in which she had no involvement, saying there did not seem to be too conclusive evidence for any of the options.

But he recommended, in conversation with the Live Science site , that people do not change their habits .

So if you’re the one who takes breakfast, do not start suppressing it; but if you are one of those who skip it, do not force yourself to take it, advises the expert.

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