Reduced breakfast intake is associated with lower total daily intake.

Obese individual can reduce weight by reducing the breakfast energy intake.

Breakfast – the first meal of the day, can be said to pretty much kick start your day. As the popular saying goes “You are what you eat”; the kind of food you have for breakfast has its effects on your overall daily energy intake. Since ages breakfast has been regarded as the most important meal of the day and also the most beneficial. It is believed to provide a fresh and energetic take off towards the rest of the day. Skipping the breakfast is unhealthy and can lead to reduced energy levels to start-off with, over eating in the later part of the day, and an increase in the cholesterol levels. While some people believe that a good, high energy breakfast provides the required nutrients and will result in higher levels of energy throughout the day; there are others who defy this belief and consider the converse to be true. They find it okay to skip this meal of the day.

The role of breakfast energy in total daily energy intake has for long been a matter of debate. Certain experimental studies demonstrated that high breakfast energy leads to greater overall intake supported by cross-sectional data of a free-living population. On the other hand, a large intra-individual analysis has indicated that a high proportion of breakfast to overall intake is associated with lower daily energy intake.

A recent study evaluates these apparently contradictory results in greater detail by applying different analysis techniques to the same data set of dietary records. The findings of the study show that on an intra-individual basis total daily energy intake was related to the absolute values of breakfast energy intake or to the ratio of breakfast to overall intake, respectively. Food intake of 280 obese people and 100 people with normal weight was analyzed who recorded over 10 (obese) or 14 (normal weight) consecutive days, respectively. The results of the study indicated that increasing breakfast energy was associated with greater overall intake in people with normal weight and obese people. The increasing ratio of breakfast to total daily energy intake was associated with a significant reduction of overall intake on days where post-breakfast energy was found to reduce significantly.

Reduced breakfast energy intake is associated with lower total daily intake. The influence of the ratio of breakfast to overall energy intake largely depends on the post-breakfast rather than breakfast intake pattern. Therefore, people who are overweight and obese should consider the reduction of breakfast calories as a simple option to improve their daily energy balance in addition to achieving a controlled weight.

Reference:
Impact of breakfast on daily energy intake - an analysis of absolute versus relative breakfast calories. A Study by Volker Schusdziarra, Margit Hausmann, Claudia Wittke, Johanna Mittermeier, Marietta Kellner, Aline Naumann, Stefan Wagenpfeil and Johannes Erdmann
For more information, please visit: http://www.nutritionj.com/content/pdf/1475-2891-10-5.pdf

Author: Ann M
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Date: 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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