May 01, 2018

A larger breakfast may play a role in weight control

People sometimes skip breakfast to reduce calorie intake to better manage weight. However, a new research study suggests otherwise. In this study, people who ate healthy breakfasts managed their weight better than did breakfast skippers. The study further suggests that going light with dinner may help even more with weight maintenance.

The research, published in The Journal of Nutrition, involved about 50,000 adults in the United States and Canada. Over the seven-year course of the study, several variables were associated with the ability to lose or maintain weight over time. In general, those who had breakfast as their largest meal of the day, a more modest lunch and light to no dinner — while keeping snacking healthy and under control — were the best off in terms of maintaining a healthy weight.

Breakfast quality is a major factor in weight maintenance. If you're a breakfast eater, aim to incorporate at least two of the following groups into your morning meal — whole grains, fruits, vegetables or healthy fats.

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