Written by livescience.org Friday, 21 January 2011 16:16
We’ve heard time and time again about the importance of eating breakfast but a new study suggests cutting back on what you eat in the morning might help you eat less during the rest of your waking hours.
The results show that, the more calories people eat at breakfast, the higher their total daily calorie intake is. This finding was true of both obese and normal weight people.
Participants ate around 500 to 550 calories for lunch and dinner, regardless of how much they ate for breakfast—it didn’t matter whether they skipped it entirely or had a hearty morning meal, the researchers said.
As a result, those who ate a big breakfast—on average, 400 calories more than a small breakfast—took in 400 extra calories during their day.
“While we often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, this study reminds us that monitoring calories at breakfast is very important, too,” said Mary Ann Johnson, a professor of foods and nutrition at the University of Georgia and spokesperson for the American Society for Nutrition, who was not involved in the study. “The calories at breakfast do count toward overall daily intake.”