You may have heard the old adage that if you eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch, and a pauper at supper, you may be able to lose weight.
While at EatingWell strongly advocate for eating a nutritious breakfast, the science-backed advice on how to plan your meals isn't nearly so straightforward.
The study, published in Cell Metabolism, indicated that eating a large breakfast followed by smaller meals throughout the day may not be the metabolic boon.
16 men and 14 women who were overweight or obese participated in the study. Randome meal plans were assigned to participants. These meals were standardized.
Researchers measured energy expenditures and weight loss over four weeks to determine metabolic response. Subjects dropped 7 pounds on average, independent of diet strategy.
People who ate a large breakfast followed by a smaller lunch and dinner felt fuller, but all 30 individuals dropped identical amounts of weight.
There was a silver lining for individuals interested in front-loading their calories: those who ate a larger breakfast reported feeling fuller throughout the day.
As this study involved only 30 subjects and was conducted under free-living conditions, additional research is required to validate or complicate its findings.
Overall, according to the study, there is no significant link between big breakfast and the weight loss!