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Posted: Wednesday, 11 June 2014 4:51AM

New study says lose weight by skipping breakfast

Eat Breakfast.  That's been the advice from experts for decades.  It's even been branded, "The Most Important Meal of the Day."

Many experts have long said that eating a healthy breakfast helps people maintain or lose weight by reducing the amount they consume later in the day.

Now a new study says dieters lost just as much weight whether they ate breakfast or not. 

The recent study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Lauri Byerley, associate Professor of Research at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, points out that this is only study.

"We have a number of other studies that indicate that breakfast may be a good way to help control weight loss," Byerley said.  "In science we need to put together a number of studies to determine if something is good or something is bad, to determine whether something is good or something's bad or is it true or is it not true."

There are other things to consider, and Byerley says remember there are good studies to show that eating breakfast does help you with concentration and ability with tasks throughout the day. 

So breakfast has its benefits.

"It's about those calories that you take in and the calories that you expend, and of course if you want to lose weight you have to take in less than what you burn during the day," Byerley noted.  "And if eating breakfast helps you control those calories that you're going to consume later in the day, then you need to be eating breakfast," she added.  

Byerley says, with science, we need to put together a number of studies to make any determination.

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