June 10, 2009 --
Dieters may be tempted to skip breakfast in hopes of losing weight faster. Past research has already suggested passing on breakfast can cause dieters to compensate by eating more calories throughout the day. Now researchers think they know why. They scanned the brain of volunteers who skipped the first meal of the day.
Results revealed the brain's reward centers responded more strongly to high calorie foods when people didn't have breakfast.
Experts say that skipping a meal is not an effective weight loss trick because the brain and body become focused on recouping those lost calories.