Nuts! Eating Breakfast Won't Help You Lose Weight

I don't know about you but I always skipped breakfast until I learned that people who eat it lose more weight.  Now that looks as outdated as eating only grapefruit, or cabbage or carrots for a week.  According to a new study, although there may be some association, there's no conclusive proof on whether "eating vs. skipping breakfast affects weight," reports.

Many experts recommend eating a "nutrient-dense breakfast to promote calorie balance and weight management, since not eating breakfast has been associated with excess body weight," the Web site adds. "A team led by David Allison, Ph.D., associate dean for science in the UAB School of Public Health, said that studies designed to find links between two things, like breakfast habits and obesity, often do not prove that one causes the other."

“We specifically found that research articles tended to . . . ignore evidence that did not support the proposed effect of breakfast on obesity,” quotes Andrew Brown, Ph.D., first author of the new study recently published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “These distortions leave readers believing that the relationship between breakfast and obesity is more strongly established by science than the data actually support.”

Although evidence exists that "breakfast-skippers are more likely to be overweight or obese, we do not know if making breakfast-skippers eat breakfast would decrease their weight,” Brown said. “Nor do we know if making breakfast-eaters stop eating breakfast would cause them to gain weight.”


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