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Reducing Breakfast Calories Is Suggested As A Weight-Loss Strategy

January 17, 2011: 11:29 AM EST

Contrary to traditional recommendations, breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day for overweight or obese people, according to German researchers. They found that people who consume a high-calorie breakfast end up consuming more daily calories overall compared to people who eat smaller breakfasts or skip the morning meal entirely. The study analyzed two weeks of diary entries from 280 obese and 100 normal weight people. Those who ate high-calories breakfasts – about 400 calories more than small breakfasts on average – consumed about 400 more calories during the day. According to the researchers, reduced breakfast calories was associated with lower total daily calorie intake. “Overweight and obese subjects should consider the reduction of breakfast calories as a simple option to improve their daily energy balance,” the researchers concluded.

Volker Schusdziarra, et al. , "Impact of breakfast on daily energy intake - an analysis of absolute versus relative breakfast calories", Nutrition Journal, January 17, 2011, © Schusdziarra et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
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