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Big breakfast for the big family on the white rustic table.
A lot of our mothers insisted (and continue to insist) that eating a big breakfast is an important part of each day. New research seems to back up this old wisdom and also finds that it could be a good strategy for managing your body weight.
The study, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, set out to look at how diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT), which is essentially a measure of how efficiently the body’s metabolism is working, can be influenced by different meal times and sizes.
“Our results show that a meal 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,” said lead author Juliane Richter from the University of Lübeck in Germany. “This finding is significant for all people as it underlines the value of eating enough at breakfast.”
Put more simply, eating a big breakfast in the morning may lead to burning twice as many calories as eating the same size meal in the evening for dinner.
It’s important to caution here that this finding is based on a very small sample size and will surely warrant replication and further study.
Researchers measured the calorie consumption of 16 men over three days in laboratory conditions. The subjects consumed a small breakfast and a big dinner one day and then vice versa another. Consuming the same amount of calories was followed by 2.5 times higher DIT in the morning versus in the evening.
Although preliminary, the suggestion that the body burns more calories after breakfast could have profound implications in helping people to manage their weight and other health issues.
“We recommend that patients with obesity as well as healthy people eat a large breakfast rather than a large dinner to reduce body weight and prevent metabolic diseases,” Richter said.
So, bottom line, you’ve gotta get your calories at sometime during the day, but having more of them in the morning looks to increase the proportion of them that get burned before bedtime.
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