Numerous research has demonstrated again and again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A new study shows what gives importance to the value of eating sufficient breakfast, irrelevant of whether you want to lose weight or not.
While a wide majority of people will eat a banana or skip breakfast altogether, the research has found that those who consume a big breakfast compared to a big dinner burn twice as many calories during the day.
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The study has been published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism journal and focuses on diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT), which is the process the human body experiences when digesting food and the energy it spends. The DIT is a measure of how well our metabolism is functioning, which is much slower in the evening because of our body clocks.
The paper’s author, Juliane Richter of the University of Lübeck in Germany, said: “Our results show that a meal is eaten for breakfast, regardless of the amount of calories it contains, creates twice as high diet-induced thermogenesis as the same meal consumed for dinner.”
“This finding is significant for all people as it underlines the value of eating enough at breakfast.”
In the first part of the study, 16 men ate a low-calorie breakfast and a high-calorie dinner, then did the opposite in the second round. The subjects registered a 2.5 times higher DIT in the morning, compared to the evening if they consumed a high-calorie meal at breakfast.
Results also demonstrated that consuming a low-calorie breakfast can enhance your appetite during the day. This means that if you haven’t started the day with a good amount of nutrients, you won’t feel satisfied, and are prone to snack during the day to annihilate cravings.
Eventually, you’ll end up consuming more calories than if you’d just ate a hearty meal in the morning.
Dr. Richter, a neurobiologist at the Centre of Brain, Behaviour, and Metabolism at the University of Lübeck, added: “Eating more at breakfast instead of dinner could prevent obesity and high blood sugar.”
Eating Breakfast Helps With Weight Loss
As familiar as this sounds, this is not the first research on the significance of breakfast. A study conducted at Tel Aviv University in 2013 confirmed findings that eating a high-calorie breakfast can protect you against diabetes, high blood pressure, as well as cardiovascular conditions.
It also found that breakfast can affect weight loss, as obese women were the subject of the study. People who consumed a big breakfast lost an overall of 17.8 pounds (8.1 kilograms), in comparison to 7.3 pounds (3.3 kilograms) for those who ate a big dinner.
Last year, a research lead by the Cambridge University Press discovered the fact that breakfast can enhance mental health, with people who skipped the first meal of the day registering a higher rate of mood conditions.
As per the British Dietitians Association (BDA), only two-thirds of people in the United Kingdom consume breakfast on a regular basis. This could be happening because the lifestyle in the U.K. revolves around being busier in the morning and having time-off in the evenings, which usually are spent cooking a big meal.