The Big Breakfast Myth

Check out the link at the bottom of the page to read my contribution to a feature in Madison Magazine by health and beauty editor Katrina Lawrence entitled “The Big Breakfast Myth”

Breakfast is undoubtably the most asked about meal of the day and it’s not surprising considering there is so much conflicting advice as to what and how much you should and shouldn’t eat.

There have been many studies that have shown that people who eat a large breakfast (eg sometimes consuming half their daily calories) find it easier to loose weight and are more likely to keep it off. However, a recent study has refuted this and suggests that people who eat a large breakfast will actually put on weight.

So how is it possible to get such different results with very similar studies? Well, it all comes down to the foods they choose to use. Some foods (such as fat and protein for example) can evoke entirely different physiological responses than others (such as carbohydrates). In other words some foods are more likely to make you gain weight and others foods are more likely to help you loose it.

A study featured in the International Journal of Obesity, for example, foundthat people who consumed eggs rather that bagels for breakfast felt more satisfied and ate fewer calories at the following meal. Also, compared to the subjects who ate a bagel breakfast,men and women who ate eggs lost more weight and reported higher energy levels, this despite the fact that the egg and bagel breakfasts provided exactly the same amount of calories!

So when it comes to breakfast quality rather than quantity is key!

Read the full article here: The Big Breakfast Myth