Big breakfast may aid weight loss

06 August 2013

Obese people who are considering gastric bypass surgery may first want to think about altering their breakfast habits to see if it helps them lose weight.

New research by scientists at Tel Aviv University suggests that eating a big breakfast may in fact be beneficial for those attempting to shed unwanted pounds.

Researchers recruited 93 obese women and assigned them to one of two study groups, both of which were asked to follow a 1,400-calorie daily diet for 12 weeks.

The first group consumed 700 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch and 200 at dinner, while the second had 200 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch and 700 at dinner.

After 12 weeks of dieting, those who ate the big breakfast had lost an average of 17.8 pounds and three inches off their waistline, compared with just 7.3 pounds of weight loss and 1.4 inches off their waistline for those who only had a small breakfast.

In addition, eating a large breakfast was associated with greater reductions in insulin, glucose and triglyceride levels.

The findings - which are published in the journal Obesity - suggest that a high-calorie breakfast may help to boost weight loss, as well as providing protection against type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular ill-health.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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