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!