Turns out breakfast is not the most important meal of the day.

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If you’re trying to lose weight it seems that breakfast hurts way more than it helps.

As the quality of the included studies was mostly low, the findings should be interpreted with caution. Currently, the available evidence does not support modification of diets in adults to include the consumption of breakfast as a good strategy to lose weight. We also found that overall, modifying diets to include breakfast consumption was associated with an increase in total daily calories. While breakfast has been advocated as the most important meal of the day in the media since 1917 there is a paucity of evidence to support breakfast consumption as a strategy to achieve weight loss, including in adults with overweight or obesity. Although eating breakfast regularly could have other important effects, such as improved concentration and attentiveness levels in childhood, caution is needed when recommending breakfast for weight loss in adults, as it could have the opposite effect.

bmj.com

Low carb or low fat don’t matter as long as you’re eating things that are not meat?

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Another day another bad study. Either the article is written poorly or this study is utter garbage. How can you take a 24 hour eating period and extrapolate that out 15 years and assume people kept eating the same way over 15 years?

In the study, researchers asked more than 37,000 adults in the United States what they ate in the course of a 24-hour period in 1999 then followed them for 15 years. 

The Hill

More baloney on eating meat

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Each week it seems we get a new study on the effects of eating meat. Last week meat is great and this week meat is crap. Who knows what to believe anymore!!

What I do know is that I’m not going to put much stock in a study that uses diaries to record what people eat over 30 days and then finds out their health 30 years later. There is no way the researchers know what these people did between the time they ate meat and how they lived their lives over 30 years. Not only that but people don’t accurately remember what they ate or how much, even when they tell the truth.

The research has several limitations. A major one was that it was based on a self-assessment of what participants ate over a month at the start of the project, so any changes they made to their diets over the years were not taken into account. Participants were followed for a median of 19 years.

Chicago Tribune