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Eat breakfast, lose more weight: true or false?

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When the alarm clock goes off, some claim breakfast should go on, but a group of Vanderbilt University Doctors disagrees. A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that's just a rumor, and that eating, or not eating, breakfast has no effect on weight gain or loss.

Danielle Townsend, a nutritionist at Mother Frances Hospital, is suspicious.

"I think that studies come out and we change our theories about things a lot," she said.

The 12-week-long study focused on two groups of subjects, those who normally ate breakfast and those who normally did not. All were asked to consume the same amount of calories which did cause them to lose weight. All were advised not to eat breakfast.

Those who normally did not east breakfast lost an average of 17 pounds, while those who normally did lost an average of 20 pounds.

"You know, I've done a lot of interviews, and it all comes down to moderation and what you're choosing and making a healthy habit and eating," Townsend said.

Having a healthy breakfast is different than having one high in fat and sugar, she said. Nonetheless, she will continue to urge her patients to fry up those eggs.

"There's a lot of myths that have been debunked and there are a lot of different thoughts on these things and I'm sticking with breakfast."

The study also claimed much misinformation came from past studies that have since been proven skewed. Ultimately, Townsend says, it's up to the individual's body.

"You know, if it's working for you, it's working for you. If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Another recent study supports this one. It was done at Cornell University and found those who did not eat breakfast did eat more at lunch, in general, but their total caloric intake was still less than those who ate breakfast.

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