Effect of skipping breakfast on subsequent energy intake

David A. Levitsky, Carly R Pacanowski

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The objective was to examine the effect of consuming breakfast on subsequent energy intake.Participants who habitually ate breakfast and those who skipped breakfast were recruited for two studies. Using a randomized crossover design, the first study examined the effect of having participants consume either (a) no breakfast, (b) a high carbohydrate breakfast (335. kcals), or (c) a high fiber breakfast (360 kcals) on three occasions and measured ad libitum intake at lunch. The second study again used a randomized crossover design but with a larger, normal carbohydrate breakfast consumed ad libtum. Intake averaged 624. kcals and subsequent food intake was measured throughout the day. Participants ate only foods served from the Cornell Human Metabolic Research Unit where all foods were weighed before and after consumption.In the first study, neither eating breakfast nor the kind of breakfast consumed had an effect on the amount consumed at lunch despite a reduction in hunger ratings. In the second study, intake at lunch as well as hunger ratings were significantly increased after skipping breakfast (by 144. kcal), leaving a net caloric deficit of 408. kcal by the end of the day. These data are consistent with published literature demonstrating that skipping a meal does not result in accurate energy compensation at subsequent meals and suggests that skipping breakfast may be an effective means to reduce daily energy intake in some adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-16
Number of pages8
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
StatePublished - Jul 2 2013


  • Control of energy intake
  • Energetic compensation
  • Obesity
  • Skipping breakfast
  • Weight control


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