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Posted by on Jan 4, 2014 in Nutrition, Chewing It Over | 0 comments

Breakfast and Weight Loss

Breakfast and Weight Loss

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”

Surely you’ve heard this health tip a thousand times by now, and if you say ‘no’, well….I don’t believe you. So listen up,

smith” Now this is the story all about

how breakfast got flip-turned

upside down, and I like to take

a minute, just sit right there,

I’ll tell you how breakfast became the

prince of a town called Health Air ”

So a while a go, some scientists that had nothing better to do, flipped through National Weight Control Registry and noticed a possible relationship between weight loss and breakfast [1], which became the basis of widespread misinformation touting breakfast the CAUSE of weight loss.

tonyThen came along a couple of actual scientific trials, all published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition [2]… where legit business wined up… showing lack of substantial evidence for that claim. If anything, a Cornell University study showed the exact opposite stating: “skipping breakfast may actually be a good strategy to reduce weight“. Did these guys get any support from the media? Well, Of course not, since Tony the Tiger was too busy shoving sugary cereals down kids’ throats, because “They’re Grrreat! ” that way.

Dr. David B. Allison, director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, explains that people form an opinion first, then seek out evidence to support it, sometimes through less scientific, cheap observational studies, rather than the much harder randomized controlled trials.

So the link between breakfast and body weight maybe a bit of a mystery, but don’t fret just yet, we are not completely in the dark when it comes to answering the breakfast dilemma of life. Through a seminal study, some researchers came to believe that as far as breakfast is concerned, it seems as though drastic changes in routine is more helpful with weight loss [3]. That’s right “A change would do you good“, Sheryl Crow attests.

Personally, I had success with skipping breakfast last spring, and dropped some lb’s, just in time for summer. If you are curious, why not give it a try and see how you like it.

[1] Long-term weight loss and breakfast
[2] Proposed effect of breakfast on obesity & practices that distort scientific evidence
[3] The role of breakfast in the treatment of obesity

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