California, July 27: A new study found that people who eat a heavy breakfast are likely to stay fit. The study, in which 50,000 people participated, showed that those who made breakfast their largest meal in the day had lower Body Mass Index than those who preferred large evening meals.
Having a large breakfast reduced hunger cravings thus counteracting weight gain. Regular breakfast improved overall health too. The research was published in the Journal of Nutrition.
Researchers from Loma Linda University School of Public Health in California also found that extending the time between the final food of the day and breakfast was also associated with lower BMIs.
Dr Hana Kahleova, lead author, said to maintain a healthy weight people should eat breakfast and lunch, skip supper, avoid snacks, make breakfast the largest meal of the day and fast for up to 18 hours a night.
“Eating a large breakfast reduces hunger cravings, especially for sweets and fats thus counteracting weight gain,” concluded Dr Kahleova.
“Regular breakfast consumption seems to increase satiety, reduce total energy intake, improve overall dietary quality, reduce blood lipid and improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.
“On the other hand, eating meals in the evening generally has the opposite effects, all of which adversely affect body weight.”