The myth is that breakfast is good weight control is spreading internationally, but there is no concrete evidence that this, or that skipping the “most important meal of the day” considered leads to weight gain, according to a study published British Medical Journal (BMJ).
A team from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, analyzed the effect of regular breakfast on weight changes and daily energy intake, based on the results 13 tests arbitrarily controlled, conducted mainly in the United States and the United Kingdom over the past 28 years.
The participants were ordinary and atypical breakfast drinkers with different weights, which were controlled from 24 hours to 16 weeks.
Researchers found that total daily energy intake was higher for those who ate breakfast than for those who missed it, on average 260 calories more. In addition, those who decided not to eat breakfast were on average almost half a kilo thinner than others.
On the other hand, the effect of breakfast did not differ between people with normal weight and those who were overweight.
Due to the variable quality of the included studies, the results of this study should be interpreted with caution, but their authors argue that the evidence currently available does not support changing diets in adults include breakfast as a good strategy to lose weight.
Although a regular breakfast may have other important benefits, care should be taken to recommend it to adults as a weight loss method, as this may have the opposite effect, according to this study.