From the abstract -
Originally Posted by Elliot
IMO, every piece of information is interesting, and the fact that skipping breakfast had an effect in some people is interesting as well. But the take-home is that no prescription is right for everybody.
Fifty-two moderately obese adult women were stratified according to their baseline breakfast-eating habits and randomly assigned a weight-loss program. The no-breakfast group ate two meals per day and the breakfast group ate three meals per day. The energy content of the two weight-loss programs was identical. After the 12-wk treatment, baseline breakfast eaters lost 8.9 kg in the no-breakfast treatment and 6.2 kg in the breakfast treatment. Baseline breakfast skippers lost 7.7 kg in the breakfast treatment and 6.0 kg in the no-breakfast treatment. This treatment-by-strata-by-time interaction effect (P less than 0.06) suggests that those who had to make the most substantial changes in eating habits to comply with the program achieved better results. Analyses of behavioral data suggested that eating breakfast helped reduce dietary fat and minimize impulsive snacking and therefore may be an important part of a weight-reduction program.
My personal experience as an ex-obese, middle-aged woman is that IF has a psychological component that *completely* dwarfs the physical component. I was at a normal weight and at non-restricted calories before I had comfortable success skipping breakfast. However, looking back, I can see that my feelings of *hunger* were no different than they are now, I just was more afraid of them. Somebody else may have a different experience and if they look to research or the experience of others, they may miss out on what their body has to say to them.
CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
GW- Goals are no longer weight-related