Eating breakfast vital for weight loss

Medical researchers have once again confirmed that skipping breakfast is not an effective weight-loss strategy.

A five-year study of more than 1100 adults concluded that those who eat breakfast daily and stick to three other obvious self-imposed rules could avoid gaining nearly 4kg over the period.

The team from the University of Tasmania's Menzies Institute for Medical Research say the other three rules are:

  • Limiting takeaways to once a week:
  • Taking at least 10,000 steps a day; and
  • Capping television viewing at two hours a day.

"Those who met the guidelines at both survey times had lower weight gain than those who didn't meet the guidelines," says lead researcher Dr Kylie Smith.

Average weight gain across the entire sample group was 2kg, while participants who met none or only one guideline gained on average 3.8kg more over the five years than those who met all four guidelines.

Weight gain increased as the number of guidelines met decreased.

Survey participants were aged 26 to 36 but Dr Smith said it was never too late to change habits and reap the benefits. - AAP