Until recently, most theories linking breakfast to weight loss have been meager theories. But now there seems to be some solid evidence linking weight loss to breakfast.
A study was published in the 2009 May edition of the Journal Obesity. The study compared the effects of fat storage for 3 groups of 93 Latino youth aged between 10 and 17. The study group was categorized as follows;
- Those who never eat breakfast
- Those who eat breakfast occasionally
- Those who eat breakfast every day
All 3 groups consumed the same amount of calories.
The authors summarized the findings of the study as follows;
“Breakfast skipping was related to increased intra-abdominal fat independent of age, gender, total fat, total lean tissue, and total energy intake.” Even occasional breakfast consumption appeared to result in lower abdominal fat storage.
Another large study followed the weight gain of 6,764 middle-aged men and women in Norfolk (UK) over a 5 year period. This study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. These men and women were not placed on any particular weight loss regime. People went on doing what they were doing and the study was used to prove correlations where possible.
The authors concluded that those who ate larger breakfasts put on less weight as compared to those who consumed smaller breakfasts. All the participants gained weight as would be expected of most people who are not taking any specific measures to control their weight. However, the increased percentage of daily energy consumed at breakfast was associated with relatively lower weight gain.
Another study analysed 10 years of data from the Health Professionals Follow Up Study of 20,064 men aged between 46 and 81 years. The study was presented at the 2007 session of Obesity. Amongst others, the study attempted to show a correlation between breakfast consumption and weight gain in these men.
“The authors concluded that eating breakfast may modestly lower the risk of weight gain over 10 years in middle-aged and older men. The association is stronger for men with normal weight at baseline”
In a five-year longitudinal study of nationally representative population of 9,919 adolescents, “fast food consumption and breakfast skipping increased during the transition to adulthood, and both dietary behaviors are associated with increased weight gain from adolescence to adulthood.” The findings of the was study published in 2006 in The Journal of Adolescent Health.
So it seems that there is enough research out there that warrants consuming breakfast for weight loss. A lot of people tell me that they have a coffee for breakfast. Coffee is not breakfast! Breakfast literally means breaking – fast after not eating anything since dinner the night before. Not consuming breakfast makes your metabolic rate sluggish.
Having a good breakfast is of paramount importance for getting in shape. A good breakfast is essential for Correct Weight Loss. Losing weight correctly is essentially losing fat while building or at least maintaining one’s muscle mass. This applies to men as well as women.