Your biggest meal of the day should be...
There may be something to the old adage to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper when it comes to better managing your weight, a new study reveals.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University looked at how changing the size of meals in the day would impact weight loss. In this 12-week study, 93 overweight women were randomly assigned to one of two groups each eating exactly the same total calories and same food. However one group divided up their calorie total with a breakfast of 700 calories, a lunch of 500 calories, and a dinner of 200 calories and the other group did the exact opposite.
While both groups lost significant amounts of weight, the women consuming the large breakfast lost an average of approximately 19 pounds compared to only about 8 pounds in the large dinner group. The large breakfast group also lost twice as many inches around their waists than the large dinner eaters. Since the hormone ghrelin, which increases your appetite, was lower during the day in the breakfast group, these women also felt full for longer throughout the day. In addition, large breakfast eaters also had significantly lower levels of insulin, glucose, and fat in their blood, which may help lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease in the long run.
There are various theories as to why this happens, ranging from circadian rhythms to metabolism but the honest answer is the boffins aren't sure at the moment. So, if you're trying to shed a few pounds, flipping your calories to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper may just help you switch the dress size on that LBD!