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The debate continues: Is eating breakfast a good weight loss strategy?




Denny's waitress Tahmina Najemyar delivers free Grand Slam breakfasts to customers February 3, 2009 in Emeryville, California.
Denny's waitress Tahmina Najemyar delivers free Grand Slam breakfasts to customers February 3, 2009 in Emeryville, California.
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A recently published study has taken a deep dive into the lighthearted controversy over the “most important meal of the day,” begging the question: Does eating breakfast help you lose weight?

The study, done at the University of Monash in Melbourne, Australia, looked at 13 randomized controlled trials on the effects that skipping breakfast has on weight loss. Researchers found no evidence that omitting the morning eggs and bacon will make you add a few pounds. But there can be numerous factors on the benefits of breakfast, and not just for weight loss.

Food in the morning can help you concentrate, give you energy, and keep you from bingeing later--if you’re actually hungry when you wake up. But what you eat also plays a part in how effective breakfast can be in the battle of the bulge. Sugary cereals or muffins don’t exactly equal a balanced breakfast. Larry speaks to researchers who’ve dug deep into the case for and against breakfast today, to give some more clarity on this debate. 

Guests:

Flavia Cicuttini, professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Monash in Melbourne; she was the lead author of the recent study, “Effect of breakfast on weight and energy intake: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

Dr. David Katz, M.D., MPH, founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, and author of the book, “The Truth About Food: Why Pandas Eat Bamboo and People Get Bamboozled” (independently published, 2018)