I've been skipping breakfast for the last six months or so. I've lost a lot of weight, but I've also been avoiding carbs so I don't really know why I lost weight.
I just came across this study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that found that intermittent fasting, on its own, doesn't help with weight loss.
In this prospective randomized clinical trial that included 116 adults with overweight or obesity, time-restricted eating was associated with a modest decrease (1.17%) in weight that was not significantly different from the decrease in the control group (0.75%).
Participants were randomized such that the consistent meal timing (CMT) group was instructed to eat 3 structured meals per day, and the time-restricted eating (TRE) group was instructed to eat ad libitum from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm and completely abstain from caloric intake from 8:00 pm until 12:00 pm the following day…
Time-restricted eating, in the absence of other interventions, is not more effective in weight loss than eating throughout the day.