Will skipping breakfast help you lose weight?
But new research suggests that when it comes to the morning meal, we may have been misguided. A Monash University study showed that skipping breakfast could actually promote weight loss and, in turn, help to reduce Australia’s obesity epidemic.
As part of the study, 32 people suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (a side effect of obesity) were only allowed to eat between the hours of midday and 8pm. That’s a pretty small window, but the results were incredible: everyone lost weight within the first 12 weeks.
The key finding? They were also able to significantly reduce the circumference of their waist, which points to the liver repairing itself.
Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne-based gastroenterologist Dr Alex Hodge said the findings could present a new solution to the growing obesity epidemic in Australia.
While the results were convincing, time will tell whether breakfast is really a great health myth. Until then, I’m sticking with my morning muesli!
Would you skip breakfast in the name of losing weight? What other health myths have you heard?