We were often told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
The danger, as it is regularly claimed, is that by skipping breakfast later in the day we get hungry, eat the wrong things, and eventually gain weight. But is that really true?
The answer seems to be yes, if one believes the results of a study published last week.
Researchers from the German Diabetes Center in Dusseldorf found that people who had skipped breakfast were 33 percent percent the likelihood of having type 2 diabetes – the type normally associated with being overweight will – as those who did not.
The danger that is regularly claimed is that skipping breakfast means we get hungry later in the day and everything misunderstand things and ultimately gain weight. But is that really true? The answer seems to be yes, if the results of a study published in the last week should be believed.
This study complements many others who have compared the health of people who skip breakfast with people who do not. Almost all of these studies show that breakfast eaters are slimmer and healthier.
But does this prove that eating breakfast makes you healthier? Well, not really. The fact is, people who regularly eat breakfast generally have healthier habits. They smoke less, drink less and are usually more active.
In other words, it's possible that a healthier lifestyle makes the difference, not the time you start eating.
So what is it? The truth about the breakfast?
Eat breakfast or not, it does not make much difference
One of the best ways to test a health claim is to conduct a randomized controlled trial. In other words, you take two groups of people and randomly assign them to two different approaches and see which one is better.
A recently published study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition – in short: The Efficacy of Breakfast Diets for Weight Loss: A Randomized Controlled Trial – That's It.
The researchers assembled 300 overweight volunteers, a mix of " Breakfast eaters "and" breakfast tippers ".
They asked the groups to change their ways. The & # 39; Skipper & # 39; were asked for breakfast while the & # 39; breakfast knives & # 39; Should be skipper for 16 weeks.
Although I do not think breakfast is so important, there is much evidence of the negative effects of having a big meal at the end of the day. This is because eating late at night, when your inner body clock tells you to relax, it seriously upsets your metabolism
At the end of this time, both groups were weighed. The skippers who made breakfast for breakfast had lost an average of 1.67 pounds. Pretty impressive.
However, the "eaters" who skipped breakfast lost an almost identical amount, averaging 1.56 pounds.
Researchers concluded Contrary to what is commonly believed, a breakfast recommendation had no discernible effects on weight loss in adult adults who were trying to lose weight.
Other randomized trials that have been conducted over the years have yielded similar results: When people are simply asked to change their habits, they lose some weight, whether they eat breakfast or not.
A common belief is that breakfast helps to boost your metabolism and get you up to speed for the day. But is this belief based on science?
It is certainly true that eating causes the digestive process to start, which in turn means you burn more energy.
This is called diet-induced thermogenesis. So, yes, breakfast boosts your metabolism. The problem is that the effect is quite small and diminishes when digesting food.
From the point of view of your metabolism throughout the day, it does not matter if you first eat at 8 or 13 o'clock. What you eat is more important than when you eat. Eating a high protein breakfast (like eggs) requires more energy to digest than eating cereals.
Eating a high-protein breakfast such as eggs, ham or fish is also far more filling and keeps you fuller for a long time. WHY A BIG MEAL IS BEFORE BEDING THAT BATH NEWS
Although I do not think breakfast is so important, there are many indications of the negative effects of eating a big meal on End of the day.
This is because eating late at night, when your inner body clock tells you to relax, is very disturbing to your metabolism.
To demonstrate this, I have recently decided to do a little experiment on myself. After a nocturnal Lent (12 hours without food and drink) I got blood from a friendly doctor.
At exactly 10 o'clock in the morning I got a classic British breed of bacon, eggs and sausage.
Immediately after eating I had lost more blood and then every half hour for the next few hours.
I only had water until late in the evening.
Twelve hours after breakfast at 10 pm I had my second meal of the day. It was exactly the same as my breakfast – bacon, eggs and sausage.
Again, blood was taken regularly for the next few hours before I finally decided that I had enough and crawled into bed.
The results of blood tests came back, they were shocking. After eating a full English meal in the morning, my blood sugar level rose quickly, but recovered within a few hours. The fat content in my blood also rose quickly and began to decrease after about three hours.
What happened in the evening, however, was very different. Although I had exactly the same meal, my blood sugar level rose and stayed up for several hours.
The levels of fat in my blood were even worse and still rose at two in the morning, four hours after I stopped eating. I do not know when they stopped climbing because I did not sleep until then.
Many studies have shown that our bodies do not like having a lot of food late at night – there will be a midnight snack. They are far worse for you than the same food you had earlier in the day.
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