A study, recently published by researchers at Tel Aviv University, found that eating a big breakfast of 700 calories promotes weight loss and reduces risks for diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol; showing that the time of day we eat has a significant impact on how our bodies process food.
To study how this timing affects our bodies, the team put 93 obese women into two different groups; a “big breakfast group” who consumed 700 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch and 200 at dinner, and a “big dinner group” who consumed 200 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch and 700 at dinner.
The women in the big breakfast group lost on average, 17lbs and 3 inches from their waist, whereas the women in the big dinner group, on the other hand only lost 7lbs and 1.4 inches from their waist. Additionally, the women from the big breakfast group had larger decreases in insulin, glucose and triglyceride levels than the women from the big dinner group.
The researchers noted that one of the most important findings is that the women from the big breakfast group did not experience high blood glucose level spikes that normally occur after a meal.
Although the big dinner group was eating a sensible diet and losing weight, those carrying out the research found that their triglycerides (a type of fat found in the body) increased, putting them at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and cholesterol.
The British Heart Foundation notes that the study, stresses how important the timing of our meals can be for our health, but cautions that the sample was small and only involved women and that more research is required.
This is an interesting development. By way of my own suggestions, you could try wholegrain toast or breakfast cereals with low-fat milk or a bowl of porridge; for a cooked breakfast, make it a treat rather than the norm and try poached eggs instead of fried, and grill your bacon, eggs and sausages.