Eating breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper

Research, published in the Journal Obesity, suggests that a higher-calorie breakfast with reduced intake of calories at dinner is beneficial and might be a useful alternative for the management of obesity and metabolic syndrome. Jakubowicz and colleagues, from Tel Aviv University in Israel, randomly assigned 93 overweight or obese women to one of two diets, both providing 1,400 calories a day over a period of 12 weeks.

One group ate half their calories for breakfast (700 kcals), 36% of their calories at lunch (500 kcals) and 14% (200 kcals) of their calories at dinner. The other group ate meals with the same percentages of calories, but in reverse order. Results found that breakfast group showed greater weight loss and waist circumference reduction. The study was however too short to determine the long-term health benefits of high-energy intake at breakfast and the effect of having most of the calories in the morning needs to  be studied more.

Breakfast is considered a key component of a healthy diet and in appetite control. However, skipping breakfast is common. If we skip meals we’re more likely to overeat later in the day!

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Posted: 07/08/2013 16:31:17 by Emily Kelleher


 

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