Breakfast May Not Be the Most Important Meal of the Day

the MPR take:

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Not necessarily, says a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In past observational studies, breakfast had been linked to lower body weight; however, this new study which included 238 healthy participants who were either overweight or obese, showed that eating or skipping breakfast had no significant effect on weight loss. While public health officials may tout the importance of breakfast as a weight-loss aid, this study demonstrates that this particular recommendation will probably not have much impact in reducing the obesity epidemic.

Breakfast May Not Be the Most Important Meal of the Day
Breakfast May Not Be the Most Important Meal of the Day

Background: Breakfast is associated with lower body weight in observational studies. Design: We conducted a multisite, 16-wk, 3-parallel-arm randomized controlled trial in otherwise healthy overweight and obese adults [body mass index (in kg/m2) between 25 and 40] aged 20-65 y. A total of 309 participants were randomly assigned.

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