Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Eat Breakfast Like a King...

Adelle Davis courtesy of the Adelle Davis Foundation website.
Adelle Davis had it right when she said: "Eat Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper" and researchers agree. According to Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D eating a good breakfast can lead to weight loss. Here are a few of her reasons why you should never skip breakfast:

  • Eating breakfast reduces your hunger later in the day, making it easier to avoid overeating. When you skip breakfast, you may feel ravenous later and be tempted to reach for a quick fix, such as candy from the vending machine. In addition, prolonged fasting — which occurs when you skip breakfast — can increase your body's insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain. In fact, skipping breakfast actually increases your risk of obesity.
  • Eating breakfast gets you on track to make healthy choices all day. People who eat breakfast regularly tend to eat a healthier diet — one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. When you skip breakfast, you're more likely to skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day too.
  • Eating breakfast gives you energy, increasing your physical activity during the day. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply blood sugar (glucose). Skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity.
In addition, according to research done by University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) eating a higher protein/fat/carb combo for breakfast can actually help control your weight. Bacon and eggs are among the highest protein foods you can wrap your lips around. If you are concerned about the fat and cholesterol content, don't be. Once cooked bacon only accounts for 1 gram of saturated fat, of which only one-third effects cholesterol and research by Wake Forest University shows no connection between eggs and heart disease.

So, tomorrow morning when you're debating over a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich or a cup of coffee with a rice cake for breakfast...go on, eat that big sandwich, you'll be healthier for it......

In proper proportions, of course.

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