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Article I read on breakfast eating

Monday, March 23, 2009

I read this article today from First30Days. Now, I do agree that eating a good breakfast sets you up for the day and I need to do a better job on that, eating more than just a vitamuffin, but I have a problem with the way they did the study. The non big breakfast group at just too few calories - wouldn't it make more sense to have both groups eat the same amount? Maybe the other people didn't lose weight because they were starving???

Here it is:
The Big Breakfast Club

Wanna lose more weight and suffer less? Start eating huge breakfasts—high-carb, high-protein smorgasbords. Chow down on half of what you’re supposed to eat over the course of the entire day.

While you’re at it, throw in a piece of chocolate.

A study at the Hospital de Clinicas in Caracas, Venezuela found that obese women who consumed 1240 calories a day following this strategy lost, on average, 21.3% of their original body weight over an 8-month period. Another group on a low-carb, small breakfast regime lost only 4.5% of their weight while consuming only 1085 calories per day.

Nutritionists agree, eating a big meal first thing helps curb cravings for sweets and other carbs later on, since protein is digested slowly through out the day. And since serotonin levels are highest in the morning, consuming chocolate or candy early won’t give you the same boost as it does the afternoon, when serotonin is lower. The idea is that by ending the positive association, you’ll break the addictive cycle.

Which means for all you willing chocoholics out there, do not—we repeat, do not—eat chocolate in the morning. You’ll ruin everything.
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    I agree with you on the way they did the study. I do highly believe in a good breakfast though. I have two breakfasts, one when I first get up and then when the kids head off to school I have my egg/egg white omlet. It certainly feels like it's easier to get through the day when I do it this way!

    Thanks for sharing that! And good job on the breakfast this morning!!
    4359 days ago
    I know that I don't do as well as I should about breakfast. I eat but it is usually a piece of toast, maybe fruit and usually a granola bar of some sort. I guess I need to figure out how to eat more. As much as I hate the idea of getting up earlier, maybe that is what I need to do.
    4359 days ago
    My grandmother died at age 91 in 1993. But she was a big advocate of eating breakfast. As a kid growing up she always told us to eat breakfas, and she was no expert or health professional – never worked a day outside the home. But she was always promoting the importance of eating a big breakfast. She’d tell us how important it is to rejuvenate the body because it lay dormant all night long, the body needs its nutrients. She also told us that eating a big breakfast is the best way to stay healthy. Now all these reports support what my grandmother was telling us.
    4359 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/23/2009 8:01:27 AM
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