By Kayla Burton SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – Have you ever heard of the phrase, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” For many, this saying has been non-controversial and fairly accurate. A recent study has tested this saying and discovered opposing results.
Scientists at the University of Bath in England recently conducted a new study finding, after testing 12 physically fit men, that skipping breakfast prior to working out and waiting until lunchtime to eat, is more likely to have you consume less calories throughout the day. As explained in the article, 12 men were examined for three back-to-back mornings to see which strategy was successful in terms of losing weight in a healthy way.
The first day, these men were given a 430 calorie bowl of oatmeal and rested for several hours, the second day the men were given the same breakfast before riding a bike moderately for an hour. The third day, the men did not eat anything but rode the bike, and ate lunch later on. After examining all 12 men among the three days, the results show that the third day, men lost more weight.
Many questions rise to the occasion here. For instance, do these results only impact men, and how would women react to this experiment? If the workout is more or less intense, would the results be the same? Is this overall a healthy way to lose weight? Etc…
After bringing this attention to Baldwinsville’s Smokey Hollow Crossfit trainers and owner, they had a fairly different response to this experiment.
“I’d be concerned,” owner Tim MacConaughy said. “Here we think long term. At least for me, I know I need to eat before a workout to sustain energy. Would I lose weight if I didn’t? Well, yes. But ultimately, the long term goal is what we teach here and I’d be concerned about this study which seems to be only a quick fix.”
The University of Bath scientists added that this study still has more to investigate in response to various questions from different audiences.