Snap, Crackle, And Pop Goes The Conventional Wisdom About Breakfast And Weight Loss

June 5, 2014 2:10 PM

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Snap, Crackle, And Pop Goes The Conventional Wisdom About Breakfast And Weight Loss

Another dietary conviction, born of observational studies and much conventional wisdom, has been routed in a randomized control trial. The belief that skipping breakfast is bad for you if you want to lose weight doesn’t hold up when subjected to a more rigorous study design, according to a more rigorously designed study—“The effectiveness of breakfast recommendations on weight loss: a randomized controlled trial,” published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“We thought it was important to test this commonly held assumption,” said lead author Emily Dhurandhar by email, “since short-term studies suggest that eating breakfast may help regulate appetite and metabolism, it has often been assumed that this would translate to breakfast enhancing weight loss.”

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