Breakfast eaters also weighed, on average, nearly half a kilogram more (0.44kg) compared to non-breakfast eaters.
And Cicuttini acknowledges this: "In the case of people who exercise regularly and need calories to fuel their workouts, then they need to eat in a way to match these needs", she said.
So, should you start your day with a filling meal or on an empty stomach?
"Reasonable evidence now suggests that skipping breakfast can actually be a useful strategy to reduce weight".
Carried out by researchers at Monash University, the new study looked at 13 randomised controlled trials from the last 28 years to investigate whether regularly eating breakfast could have a positive effect on weight change and daily energy (calorie) intake.
Prof Cicuttini explains that the focus should be not placed on when we eat our largest meal of the day - whether it's at lunch or breakfast - but on total daily calorie content.
However, the researchers added that there were limitations to their study.
"We are not talking about breakfast being the cause of obesity", he said.
Public health agencies and official eating guidelines have long stressed the importance of eating breakfast to lose weight and achieve a healthy diet but "this study clearly shows that isn't a good idea", said lead author Dr Flavia Cicuttini, professor of epidemiology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
That this strategy is not worthwhile in principle, suggests a comprehensive analysis (British Medical Journal: Sievert et al., 2018). "But there are certainly many people for whom eating breakfast is in fact likely to make it tougher". "It has the same impact on your calorie intake if you have it for breakfast as though you have it at 4pm".
Coe, who was not involved in the research, added that a healthy breakfast is "just one part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle".
Spector also noted the growing popularity and scientific weight behind time-restricted eating, a form of intermittent fasting where adherents limit their food intake to a particular window of time every day - those on the 16:8 diet, for example, fast for 16 consecutive hours every 24 hours, and eat all their meals within the remaining eight. One 2013 study looked at people who ate the same amount of calories, but one group consumed the bulk of the calories earlier in the day.
It's common for people on such protocols to break their fasts at lunchtime, regularly skipping breakfast and finishing their day's feeding with dinner at about 8pm.
It's always important to discuss diet plans or changes with a GP or health professional. But ultimately, a better question than when should I eat is what foods should I eat, and in what quantities?
We often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if we're trying to manage their weight. But what we tend to see is that there's a strong push towards eating breakfast because "you should".
The findings contradict claims that forgoing breakfast leads to snacking more later in the day.