A new study showed that breakfast might not be ‘the most important meal of the day’.

Reseachers from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, analyzed the effect of regular breakfasts on weight change from 13 clinical trials from the United States and the UK, from the last 28 years.

Researchers observed breakfast-eaters and breakfast-skippers. Some trials were focused on the effect that breakfasts have on daily energy intake and others looked at how eating or skipping breakfast effects changes in body weight.

The studies found that people who ate breakfast on a regular basis had on average 260 extra calories a day, and were heavier. Those who skipped breakfast were on average 0.44 kg lighter and didn’t have an increased appetite later in a day.

People have always been encouraged to eat breakfast to lose weight, however, the study shows that it may have the opposite effect.