Does skipping breakfast help weight loss?

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With our busy modern lifestyles, a lot of
people skip breakfast in the morning or because
they believe it will help them lose weight.
But it is really true? To find out, scientists
at the University of Bath launched the Bath
Breakfast Project.
In the Bath Breakfast Project we compared
individuals who were asked to fast every day
until lunchtime, with individuals who had
a prescribed breakfast every day. And what
we found is that those individuals who had
fasted expended fewer calories over the day,
and in particular in the morning, than those
individuals who had had breakfast. And so
this may go some way to explaining why skipping
breakfast might not predict the kind of weight
loss you would expect.
Of course when we think of the implications
of a study like this often we would immediately
think “should we just have or skip breakfast
for a certain weight loss or health gain goal?”
But in fact by measuring the mechanisms, not
only do we understand the problem better,
but we can be more sensitive in our application
of this study. So if we know for example by
skipping breakfast you might be less active,
you could use that information to say “have
breakfast and subconsciously I will be more
active” or we could use the information
intelligently to say that “if I skip breakfast
I will just be aware of my propensity to be
less active” and try insert activity elsewhere
in my day.
In terms of the evidence that we have accumulated
in last year or so, then I think it is fair
to say that skipping breakfast alone as a
weight lose strategy is ineffective.

4 comments

  1. I personally found that skipping dinner feels much more natural and is much more enjoyable than skipping breakfast. I really struggled with skipping breakfast, I found it quite difficult, and I saw very slow results. I really couldn't function while fasting in the morning … my mind was in a fog the whole time. Skipping dinner (or rather having an early and healthy dinner) on the other hand proved to be much better for me personally. I did a video about my experience https://youtu.be/_ZPc2LYFKyk

  2. Yes skipping breakfast makes you lose weight BUT not fat it does not make you lose fat, that is why its better two eat 3-4 times a day whilst working out at the gym for at least 1 hour or more, from doing this you are converting your fat to muscle and you have nutrition in your system. Certain foods that you eat in the morning can also boost your metabolism. But don't skip breakfast just make sure if you want to lose weight fast to do a mini workout in the morning while on an empty stomach then eat breakfast go to the gym and TURN YOU FAT INTO MUSCLE LIKE A BOSS

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