Breakfast - The Most Important Meal of the Day or Not? - 24Seven Wellness & Living

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There is always a lot of debate as to whether breakfast is the most important meal of the day and whether you should eat first thing in the morning or not. And who knows? As you will see below I have detailed two separate studies that offer differing opinions. So what are you to do?

As with everything in life I think you need to do what works for you, it is your journey, your body and I truly believe that what works for one certainly does not always work for another. Personally, I’m a real breakfast person, I have to eat in the morning, after my warm lemon water that is! If I don’t I certainly know about it, nausea, fatigue and irritability are just a few of my symptoms so breakfast is a must for me.

So below are findings from two separate studies, read, digest and then do what is right for you.

A new study recent released from Israel reveals that eating breakfast kick-starts genes linked to weight loss.

It also shows that eating first thing in the morning also improves people’s blood glucose and insulin levels which ultimately can help to prevent type 2 diabetes.

“When breakfast is skipped, genes related to weight loss are less expressed, leading to blood sugar spikes that can cause weight gain regardless of what people eat for the remainder of the day.” Study author Daniela Jakubowicz from Tel Aviv University (TAU), said: “Proper meal timing – such as consuming breakfast before 9:30am – could lead to an improvement of the entire metabolism of the body, facilitate weight loss, and delay complications associated with type 2 diabetes and other age-related disorders.” “Our study shows that breakfast consumption triggers the proper cyclic clock gene expression leading to improved glycaemic control. “The circadian clock gene not only regulates the circadian changes of glucose metabolism, but also regulates our body weight, blood pressure, endothelial function and atherosclerosis. “Proper meal timing – such as consuming breakfast before 9:30 am – could lead to an improvement of the entire metabolism of the body, facilitate weight loss, and delay complications associated with type 2 diabetes and other age- related disorders.”

How the Research Was Carried Out 

Researchers from TAU and Hebrew University of Jerusalem analyzed 36 volunteers, half of whom were obese.

All of the study’s participants had diabetes.

One day the participants ate just breakfast and lunch, while on the second day they had only lunch.

On both days, blood tests were taken to measure the participants’ internal body clock-related genes, as well as their glucose and insulin levels.

This contradicts research released in October by the Universities of Loughborough and Bedfordshire that found fasting until lunch causes people to eat around 353 fewer calories a day and could promote weight loss.

Although people eat around 115 more calories daily when they have breakfast, that meal alone contains on average 468 calories. Consequently, skipping breakfast reduces a person’s calorie consumption by a total of 353 units.

Study author Dr Keith Tolfrey from the Loughborough University, said: ‘There is a common belief that breakfast is the “most important meal of the day”. “However, around one third of children and adolescents in many countries skip breakfast regularly. “There are many reports that show missing breakfast is associated with obesity, which may have led to premature assumptions that breakfast can be used as an intervention for weight control. “But we do not know why eating breakfast is associated with a lower likelihood of being overweight or obese, or whether eating breakfast can be used effectively as a weight-control strategy.”