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Is breakfast the most important meal?

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

We've all heard the old adage saying breakfast is the most important meal of the day and can help you lose weight.

But is there actually research to prove it?

It turns out that research is mixed on whether or not it can help you lose weight.

The New York Times recently cited a study on 52 obese women conducted at Vanderbilt University.

Half the women, who are regular breakfast eaters, were asked to skip the first meal of the day.

While the other half, who do not normally eat breakfast, were asked to start eating breakfast every day.

The outcomes were roughly the same.

The ones asked to skip breakfast lost 20 pounds on average during the program. While the breakfast eaters lost about 17 pounds.

LSU public health professor Dr. Dennis Wissing weighed in on the breakfast study.

"Breakfast being good or bad is not the point here. The point is that weight management involves so many other factors. What you eat, how much you eat, your exercise, and your attitude all play a part," said Wissing.

If you want to lose weight, it's more important to take overall calories.

"The bottom line is that you've got to burn more calories than what you take in to your body," said Wissing.

Wissing said studies do show that children are able to focus much better in school if they've had a good breakfast.

He said watch what you serve your family in the mornings because many cereals are high in sugar. Be sure to read content labels at the store and look for fresh breakfast items like fruits and whole grains.


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