According to a new research conducted by University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), in comparing consuming breakfast regularly with skipping breakfast regularly, weight loss is not affected.
Past breakfast research that included an analysis of around 92 studies pointing towards the suggested effect of breakfast on obesity, also carried out at UAB, has demonstrated that, while weight management and breakfast are associated with each other, yet the big question of whether taking breakfast versus skipping breakfast affects the weight hasn’t been answered by the research, till now.
Furthermore, the new study analyzed the affect of a proposal to take or skip breakfast, and also the affect of changing breakfast eating practices, on weight loss in people trying to lose weight independently.
Emily Dhurandhar, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor in Department of Health Behavior, said that it is necessary to validate the common recommendation of eating breakfast, in order to make sure that this public health message is effective and not deceptive about what might and might not help with the weight loss efforts of people.
Dhurandhar said, “Previous studies have mostly demonstrated correlation, but not necessarily causation.”
She further said, “In contrast, we used a large, randomized controlled trial to examine whether or not breakfast recommendations have a causative effect on weight loss, with weight change as our primary outcome.”
The multisite trial, that lasted for 16 weeks listed 309 healthy overweight and obese people with ages 20-65 years. The experimental groups were instructed to take or skip breakfast. Also, the control group, comprising of both breakfast takers and skippers, was given healthy information regarding nutrition. However, it didn’t mention breakfast.
According to Dhurandhar, there was no noticeable effect of the assignment of treatment on the loss of weight.
The study has been published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.