Skip breakfast - a slimming trick that works
Although most nutritionists still swear that overweight people should eat breakfast, according to a British study skipping breakfast is a reliable way for slimmers to deal with their excess fat mass. The study, which the researchers at the University of Bath published in the International Journal of Obesity, shows that kilocalories forgone at breakfast are not replaced later in the day.
The researchers got 24 obese individuals on one occasion to eat breakfast and then lunch, and measured how many kilocalories the participants consumed. On another occasion the researchers got the participants to skip breakfast but did give them lunch. The participants were allowed to eat as much as they wanted.
After missing breakfast the participants did not eat more lunch than they did when they had had breakfast.
The researchers didn't measure how much the participants ate after lunch that day, but they suspect that missing breakfast didn't result in a higher calorie intake. The researchers did measure the participants' feelings of hunger until several hours after lunch - and observed that missing breakfast did not result in increased feelings of hunger after lunch.
"The present study demonstrates extended morning fasting does not result in compensatory intake at an ad libitum lunch meal in obese individuals," the researchers concluded.
"These results indicate that obese individuals do not compensate for morning fasting by consuming more food at the next meal but that hormonal and metabolic responses to lunch are impacted by morning feeding."
Int J Obes (Lond). 2016 Feb;40(2):305-11.
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