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Can a Big Breakfast Save You From Major Disease?

Can a Big Breakfast Save You From Major Disease?

A recent study done by researchers at Tel Aviv University says “Yes.” And that’s not all. The study also found that eating a high calorie breakfast can protect you from more than half a dozen serious health problems.

Researchers studied 93 obese women, getting them to eat a 1,400-calorie-a-day diet for three months. The first group ate 700 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch and 200 at dinner. The second group ate a 200-calorie breakfast, 500-calorie lunch and a 700-calorie dinner. The 700-calorie dinners and breakfasts were the same – including dessert, such as chocolate cake or cookies.

Guess which group lost more weight?

After 12 weeks, those in the first group who ate the big breakfast lost 2.5 times as much weight as the high-calorie dinner group (18 lbs. and 7 lbs respectively). More significantly, the big breakfast group also experienced a drop in insulin, glucose, and triglycerides – lowering their risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, the study says.

The logic is easy to see: eating a “good” breakfast helps you eat less during the day. So, your blood levels of ghrelin, the “hunger hormone” stay nice and low. The happy result: your metabolism stays balanced, and your weight is under control.

So, the old advice to eat “Breakfast like a king” really does hold good. If you have been eating a small breakfast or none at all, try to start eating more in the morning. Power up with protein, get up to 10 gm of fiber into your system, and enjoy a healthy carb. There’s more good news: eating something light and sweet at breakfast—such as a square of dark chocolate—releases serotonin, the feel-good chemical that keeps you humming through the day!

Good morning.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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1:18AM PDT on May 3, 2015

No doubt it's good for you, but I never get hungry 'til late afternoon so it's always an issue for me. No doubt because I'm a natural night owl.

12:43PM PST on Mar 8, 2014


5:48PM PST on Jan 6, 2014

Guess that's why I was always told to eat a big breakfast when I was a child.

Thanks for the post.

11:11AM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Have to start eating a bigger breakfast

5:58AM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Blessed Be

2:14AM PST on Jan 2, 2014


4:10PM PST on Jan 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!!! Thank you.

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