NEWS
Breakfast is not 'the most important meal of the day': study
POSTED 29 Aug 2014 . BY Helen Andrews
Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day, contrary to popular belief that food eaten after a good night’s sleep is vital to kickstart metabolism and prevents snacking later in the day – according to a study by researchers at The University of Bath.

The Bath Breakfast Project, whose results were published in the American Journal for Clinical Nutrition, examined a group of people from the southwest of England, UK, between the ages of 21-60 to find causal links between breakfast habits and energy expenditure.

Researchers found that there was no change in metabolism after six weeks between those who ate nothing for breakfast and those who consumed 350 calories within two hours of waking and 350 more calories before 11am.

Unexpectedly, those who abstained from breakfast ate fewer calories over the whole day – which contradicts the long-held belief that people who skip breakfast overeat later in the day.

However, the data showed that breakfast consumers were likely to expend more energy by being active after eating – shedding approximately 442 calories in the morning. These breakfast eaters also had more stable blood sugar levels, especially by the end of the trial.

“The belief that breakfast is ‘the most important meal of the day’ is so widespread that many people are surprised to learn that there is a lack of scientific evidence showing whether or how breakfast may directly cause changes in our health,” Dr James Betts, senior lecturer in nutrition, metabolism and statistics at The University of Bath – and co-author of the study – told The New York Times.

“It is certainly true that people who regularly eat breakfast tend to be slimmer and healthier but these individuals also typically follow most other recommendations for a healthy lifestyle, so have more balanced diets and take more physical exercise.”

Another study published this month by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, US, split volunteers into three groups: one skipped breakfast, one always ate it and the third continued with their current regime. After four months, no-one in any group had lost any significant weight, according to The Daily Mail.
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Leisure Management - Breakfast is not 'the most important meal of the day': study...
21 Mar 2019 Leisure Management: daily news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

29 Aug 2014

Breakfast is not 'the most important meal of the day': study
BY Helen Andrews

The authors say the good health of breakfast eaters can be attributed to an all-round healthy lifestyle, rather than a single meal

The authors say the good health of breakfast eaters can be attributed to an all-round healthy lifestyle, rather than a single meal
photo: Shutterstock / monticello

Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day, contrary to popular belief that food eaten after a good night’s sleep is vital to kickstart metabolism and prevents snacking later in the day – according to a study by researchers at The University of Bath.

The Bath Breakfast Project, whose results were published in the American Journal for Clinical Nutrition, examined a group of people from the southwest of England, UK, between the ages of 21-60 to find causal links between breakfast habits and energy expenditure.

Researchers found that there was no change in metabolism after six weeks between those who ate nothing for breakfast and those who consumed 350 calories within two hours of waking and 350 more calories before 11am.

Unexpectedly, those who abstained from breakfast ate fewer calories over the whole day – which contradicts the long-held belief that people who skip breakfast overeat later in the day.

However, the data showed that breakfast consumers were likely to expend more energy by being active after eating – shedding approximately 442 calories in the morning. These breakfast eaters also had more stable blood sugar levels, especially by the end of the trial.

“The belief that breakfast is ‘the most important meal of the day’ is so widespread that many people are surprised to learn that there is a lack of scientific evidence showing whether or how breakfast may directly cause changes in our health,” Dr James Betts, senior lecturer in nutrition, metabolism and statistics at The University of Bath – and co-author of the study – told The New York Times.

“It is certainly true that people who regularly eat breakfast tend to be slimmer and healthier but these individuals also typically follow most other recommendations for a healthy lifestyle, so have more balanced diets and take more physical exercise.”

Another study published this month by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, US, split volunteers into three groups: one skipped breakfast, one always ate it and the third continued with their current regime. After four months, no-one in any group had lost any significant weight, according to The Daily Mail.



Connect with
Leisure Management
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
The Aon Center's new observatory will offer rare views of Chicago
The Aon Center's new observatory will offer rare views of Chicago   20 Mar 2019

The Hettema Group and architecture practice Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) have been tapped to create a sky deck and visitor attraction at the Aon .... more>>
Jumeirah resort opens holistic spa with Bodyism Centre
Jumeirah resort opens holistic spa with Bodyism Centre   20 Mar 2019

A new spa with a Bodyism Wellness Centre has opened at the Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi. Simply called Spa, it includes holistic .... more>>
Irene Forte joins GWS advisory board
Irene Forte joins GWS advisory board   20 Mar 2019

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has appointed Irene Forte to its advisory board. Forte, who is the daughter of British hotelier Sir Rocco Forte, .... more>>
SeaWorld COO leaving company after 34 years
SeaWorld COO leaving company after 34 years   20 Mar 2019

Following the conclusion of SeaWorld's search for a CEO, its chief operating officer, John Reilly, has announced he will be leaving the company at the .... more>>
An undersea adventure: Snøhetta’s 'Under' welcomes its first diners
An undersea adventure: Snøhetta’s 'Under' welcomes its first diners   20 Mar 2019

Under – an underwater restaurant and research facility that evokes the romance and wonder of Captain Nemo's Nautilus – has opened in Lindesnes, .... more>>
Banyan Tree to open first European hotel in Corfu
Banyan Tree to open first European hotel in Corfu   19 Mar 2019

Banyan Tree will open its first property in Europe this summer, an Angsana-branded hotel on the Greek island of Corfu. Angsana Corfu will include .... more>>
Company profile


Pure World Energy

PWE is an engineering based company focussed on delivering integrated energy generation and demand side reduction solutions for its customers.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Helping your business prosper in 2019

Helping your business prosper in 2019

The Natural Beauty & Spa Show returns to Excel London on 7 & 8 April. More>>




in this issue

• DLL to reach 100th UK club landmark
• Boutique fitness sector 'still thriving'
• Armathwaite launches 'Lemoga' experience



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Personal Trainer / Fitness Trainer
Salary: Fantastic Benefits
Location: Cumbria, England
Company: The Gym Group
Sports Development Officer
Salary: Competitive
Location: Berkhamsted, UK
Company: Ashlyns School
Duty Officer
Salary: £20,541 - £23,866 per annum
Location: Redditch, UK
Company: Rubicon Leisure
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




20 Mar 2019

FIT Summit

Hotel Jen Tanglin, Singapore, Singapore



Leisure Management magazine 2018 issue 1
Leisure Management
2018 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Trends: Introducing Gen Z
How will this tech-savvy, social media-driven generation affect your business? More>>
  Interview: Sioux-per foods
The Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman, is on a mission to revive indigenous cuisine More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1

Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Hospitality: Wasted opportunity
Restaurants take innovative approaches to solve the problem of food surplus More>>
  New opening: Future of leisure
Selby Summit focuses on activity, not sport. Is it a new era for leisure centres? More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd