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Do you have problems with gaining or losing weight? If so, you’ve probably thought about skipping breakfast in order to lose weight. The truth is that this isn’t going to help you get in shape. In fact, it may work against you and cause you to remain the same weight or even gain some pounds.
Skip Breakfast or Not?
According to the US surgeon general, “Eating a healthy breakfast is a good way to start the day, and may be important in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.” However, a new study shows that this might not be the case. While it’s a small study that only had 52 women participating, the results are interesting.
The study is called Belief beyond the evidence: using the proposed effect of breakfast on obesity to show 2 practices that distort scientific evidence, which is a long name, but it sheds some light on the idea that skipping breakfast is good or bad for people who want to lose weight and get in shape.
The recent study also looked at previous research and declares that a lot of others back up the fact that skipping breakfast doesn’t really help or impede weight loss efforts. Dr. David B. Allison, who is the director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center which is located at the University of Alabama, only found one study from 1992 that could be considered useful because of the way the study was set up.
The 1992 study – The role of breakfast in the treatment of obesity: a randomized clinical trial. – was good because it randomly chose who would get breakfast and who would skip it. According to the brief from that study, “Fifty-two moderately obese adult women were stratified according to their baseline breakfast-eating habits and randomly assigned a weight-loss program.” Since 1992, no really accurate studies that can be trusted have been performed. And this is why new research is being done.
What’s really interesting is that many people read the reports but misreported them. Even when the mainstream journalists had the studies in front of them, they still misrepresented the findings in the reports to back up their thesis that skipping breakfast is either good or bad for people who want to lose weight. This is a sign of big media, but it’s really sad because it spreads misinformation about the most important meal of the day.
Whether you eat breakfast not is not going to make or break your attempts to lose weight. It all comes down to moderation and making sure you eat healthy (all day long) and get enough exercise. Breakfast is important in many ways, but you shouldn’t let what you do for one meal of the day give you false hopes that you’re going to lose weight.