Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Ever skip breakfast? If so, digest this habit-changing news: Breakfast dictates not just how your day goes (you'll have more energy, think faster on your feet) but also how your life goes.
Want to bust some fat?
In the encyclopedia of breakfast's virtues, there's one that's especially surprising-and motivating. Adding this meal to your morning helps keep your weight down. Consider a study from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where moderately obese women who habitually skipped breakfast were put on two different 1,200-calorie diets. One diet's calories were portioned out between breakfast, lunch and dinner; the other's were divided between lunch and dinner (no breakfast). Twelve weeks later, the breakfast eaters had lost 17 pounds; the breakfast skippers just 13 pounds. What was going on? Simple - the breakfast eaters were far less likely to cheat on the diet. Skip breakfast and your body begins demanding those calories later in the day, often in the evening (sound familiar?).
Make your breakfast a healthy-carb one and you'll do even better at controlling your appetite. Fiber-rich foods such as oatmeal, bran cereals and fresh fruit help keep blood sugar on an even keel, sending satiation signals to the brain. In a study at the University of Sydney in Australia, participants who ate a morning bowl of All-Bran made it to lunch hunger-free while lower-fiber-corn-flake eaters listened to their stomachs growl. Sorry: Danishes and doughnuts are your worst breakfast bet-not because they're fat-and sugar-filled (though that's bad, too), but because they're virtually fiber-free.