Is skipping breakfast best for losing weight?

Those who drop the morning meal are nearly half a kilo lighter, researchers say

Patients wanting to lose weight would be wise to skip breakfast, according to an Australian study that challenges the belief eating breakfast is essential for weight control.

People who eat breakfast tend to consume more than 250kcal a day more than those who skip the first meal of the day, the review of 13 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) shows.

Further, people who eschew breakfast tend to be nearly half a kilo lighter, the Monash University researchers report. 

Among the four studies that measured metabolic rates, only two found a small increase in thermogenesis in breakfast eaters.

“This study suggests that the addition of breakfast might not be a good strategy for weight loss, regardless of breakfast habit,” the researchers write in the BMJ.

“Caution is needed when recommending breakfast for weight loss in adults as it could have the opposite effect.”