Prevention.com in March declared “Eating breakfast jump-starts metabolism.” “The idea that breakfast is important for weight or that it kick-starts your metabolism is well ingrained,” says Enhad Chowdhury, a teaching fellow at the University of Bath in England.
“And people who typically consume breakfast do weigh less than those who skip.” (Roughly 20 to 30 percent of adults skip breakfast.)
But that’s not proof that skipping breakfast causes weight gain. Something else about breakfast eaters could make them leaner.
Breakfast and metabolism
To find out, Chowdhury randomly assigned 56 lean adults or adults with obesity to a breakfast group that ate at least 700 calories by 11:00 a.m. or a breakfast-skipping group that ate nothing until noon.
After six weeks, resting metabolic rate and weight were no different in the breakfast eaters than in the skippers. (Presumably, the skippers ate more calories the rest of the day.) Read more