Big Breakfast May Not Lead to Fewer Daily
MONDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Conventional wisdom says
that eating a big breakfast might keep you full throughout the day
and help prevent overeating at other meals, but a new German study
debunks the idea.
Dr. Volker Schusdziarra, a researcher with the
Else-Kroner-Fresenius Center of Nutritional Medicine in Munich,
surveyed 380 people about their daily diets. Participants included
280 people who were obese and 100 who were of normal weight.
Everyone kept track of what they ate over a period of 10 to 14
The investigators found that breakfast habits varied. People
sometimes skipping breakfast altogether and other times consuming
either a big or small meal, according to the study, published
online Jan. 17 in the
However, those who ate a "big" breakfast -- defined as being an
average of 400 calories greater than a small breakfast -- ended up
with a net gain of 400 calories over the day.
"The results of the study showed that people ate the same at lunch and dinner, regardless of what they had for breakfast," Schusdziarra said in a news release from BioMed Central, the journal's publisher.
Some people skipped a mid-morning snack when they ate a big
breakfast, but that didn't offset the extra calories they took in
earlier, the study noted.
The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney
Diseases has more on
healthy eating plans.
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