diet and breakfast

  1. Skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight

    The celebrity "diet trick" that will make you fat

    Apparently when asked by a reporter how she stayed so rail thin some celebrity flippantly replied, "Oh I skip breakfast. It's just coffee and a cigarette for me." And instantly a new Hollywood "diet trick" was born.

    The only problem is this trick is no treat -- because if you do make a habit of skipping breakfast instead of slimming down you'll end up packing on the pounds.

    Not only does a good breakfast give you the fuel you need to make it through the morning, it also helps you steer clear of bad food choices later in the day.

    In one study, when volunteers were told to skip breakfast not only did they slog through the morning with grumbly tummies, they pigged out at lunch time too. In fact, they ate about 20 percent more at lunch on no-breakfast days!

    Not exactly the best way to lose weight or stay celebrity slim.

    Even worse, the starved volunteers were much more likely to reach for calorie-packed junk foods. And on the skipping breakfast days when they were shown pictures of "comfort foods" like pizza and chocolate cake the area of their brains responsible for mood and decision making lit up like Christmas trees.

    In another study, on a group of school kids this time, researchers found that the obese and overweight kids were skipping breakfast more often and took significantly smaller portions than the slim and normal kids.

    And in a huge analysis that evaluated the result of 47 different studies scientists concluded that while breakfast eaters tend to eat more calories in a day they were also less likely to be overweight.

    Look, you really don't need me to tell you that taking advice from a celebrity is seldom a good idea. The bottom line here is skipping breakfast is bound to backfire on you.

    Instead, just choose healthy protein packed foods that are naturally low in sugar like eggs or a protein shake. They will fuel you up for the day, and keep you from feeling hungry and overeating to boot.

  2. Why eating breakfast is important

    How skipping breakfast makes you fat

    When people go on a diet, the first thing they do is look for easy places to cut calories. That daily mochaccino is a good place to start... but most people will give up eating breakfast before they give up their Starbucks.

    And that's a huge mistake -- because mom was right when she said breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and not just because eating breakfast gives you the energy you need for the morning.

    A good breakfast can also help make sure you stay on track through lunch.

    In one new study, volunteers were asked to skip breakfast one day, and then were given a normal breakfast on another day. Not surprisingly, they were much hungrier on days they skipped breakfast -- and it showed when they reached the cafeteria for lunch.

    On average, the volunteers ate 20 percent more at lunch on days they skipped breakfast than they did on days when they ate a morning meal.

    And you know how it is when you're hungry. You start daydreaming about all the "comfort" foods you shouldn't eat -- and sure enough, the volunteers in the study were more likely to be tempted by high-calorie junk foods such as pizza and chocolate.

    This wasn't just an informal survey, either. They were shown pictures of these foods as their brains were scanned -- and on the no-breakfast days, the part of the brain known as the orbitofrontal cortex lit up like a neon sign when they were shown pictures of junk foods.

    So the lesson here is you need to keep eating breakfast -- but make sure it's a healthy breakfast, like a protein shake low in sugar or even some eggs. As I told you over the summer, eggs in the morning can help control hunger through lunchtime better than a high-carb meal with the same number of calories.

    And while you're making healthy changes, skip the mochaccino.

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