Starting your day with a full Irish breakfast can help you lose weight, say scientists.

Researchers from Lubeck University in Germany claim that eating a large breakfast "provides a significant boost to the body’s metabolism."

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Having a large Irish breakfast for the first meal of the day can help the body burn up to two-and-a-half times the number of calories compared with a small breakfast, reports The Irish Post.

According to research leader Dr Juliane Richter, larger meals at the beginning of the day trigger “diet-induced thermogenesis” or DIT, which generates more heat in our bodies and helps us to burn more calories.

“Our results show a meal eaten for breakfast – regardless of the number of calories – creates double the DIT as the same meal consumed for dinner” Dr. Richter explained.

“This finding is significant for all people as it underlines the value of eating enough breakfast.”

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According to the study, low-calorie breakfasts can also lead to food cravings later in the day.

So feel free to enjoy a hearty plate of bacon, sausages, baked beans, eggs,  grilled tomatoes, and more. To learn how to make the perfect Irish breakfast, read more here.