The theory that breakfast is the most important meal of the day may not apply, according to research.
The study published in the British Medical Journal found that those who eat breakfast consume significantly more calories than those who skip the meal – and end up weighing more.
For decades, health experts have been calling for people not to miss breakfast. They are warned that those who try to reduce their weight by missing a meal will later only have something to eat. However, the new study, led by Australian researchers, found that those who skip breakfast use an average of 260 calories per day.
Previous studies have shown that breakfast stimulates metabolism and helps dieticians overeat later in the day. NHS advice warns: "Some people skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight, and research has actually shown that people who regularly eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight."
The new study found, however, that skipped breakfast could not be compensated by later consumption of the day, and there was no significant difference in metabolic rates between breakfast cutters and skippers.
Experts from Monash University, Australia, examined 13 randomized controlled trials that focused on breakfast and weight-related income countries, including the UK.
Most studies tracked participants for less than a month. On average, those who skipped breakfast were a pound lighter than those who did not.
Researchers wrote, "This study suggests that adding breakfast is not a good weight loss strategy, regardless of the established breakfast habit." Caution is advised Adult breakfast is recommended for weight loss, but this could have the opposite effect
However, breakfast could have other important implications, "Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College London, said the mantra of breakfast had been the most important meal of the day, affecting most people from childhood had participated in and was reinforced by campaigns such as "go to work on an egg". However, he said the results suggested that this was another myth of nutrition.
"The British hotbed is considered by many to be the country's major contributor to world cuisine," he said. "We are told that breakfast helps our metabolism and that skipping makes us much hungry so we overeat.
" Reasonable evidence suggests that skipping breakfast may actually be a useful weight-loss strategy ,
The Daily Telegraph UK