Eating a big breakfast results in an increased calorie intake for the day because it has no affect on the size of lunch and dinner, according to research published today.
Dr Volker Schusdziarra published her research in the Journal Nutrition Journal and conducted a study of over 300 people who were asked to record what they usually ate.
Within the group participants sometimes ate a big breakfast, sometimes small and sometimes skipped it all together.
The results showed the participants had the same at lunch and dinner regardless of what they had for breakfast, says Schusdziarra.
This means eating a big breakfast (on average 400kcal greater than a small breakfast) resulted in a total increase in calories eaten over the day of about 400kcal.
The latest study addressed previous research which suggested eating a big breakfast reduced total calorie intake over the day.
The earlier research only looked at the ratio of breakfast calories to daily chores, while Schusdziarra’s study seems to indicate this ratio is most affected by people eating less during the day.
Schusdziarra concludes, in the fight for weight-loss, eating a large breakfast must be counteracted by eating less during the rest of the day.