High-Energy Breakfast Could Help Shed Some Extra Weight: Research

High-Energy Breakfast Could Help Shed Some Extra Weight: Research

High-energy breakfast and an average lunch can help reduce extra weight, as per a new research conducted by a research team at Tel Aviv University. The study team added that our metabolism changes throughout the day and a slice of bread during breakfast is less fattening compared to one consumed during evening. Health experts also suggest eating light during evening and more during morning. However, the impact of such changes in the diet is seen over a long term. The study results were presented Saturday, March 17, at ENDO 2018, the 100th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago, Illinois.

The research team also noted that the time of eating and frequency of food consumption also impacts health. The study was focused on a group of 18 men and 11 women, suffering from type 2 diabetes. The study group was taking insulin regularly. The research team divided study subjects in two groups and they were offered different weight loss diets. The number of calories in both diets was the same. First group (Bdiet) was asked to eat three meals including large breakfast, medium-sized lunch and light dinner. For the second group (6Mdiet), the study subjects were asked to have six small meals at regular intervals during the day, including three snacks.

Study subjects followed the diet for three months. During the study, the research team checked glucose level of study subjects every two weeks and their insulin dosage was adjusted as per requirements.
The study team found that on an average, study subjects in Bdiet group lost 5 KG (11 pounds) weight while 6M diet group gained 1.4 KG (3 pounds) at the end of three months.

Lead study author Daniela Jakubowicz, M.D., professor of medicine at Tel Aviv University said, “This study shows that, in obese insulin-treated type 2 diabetes patients, a diet with three meals per day, consisting of a big breakfast, average lunch and small dinner, had many rapid and positive effects compared to the traditional diet with six small meals evenly distributed throughout the day: better weight loss, less hunger and better diabetes control while using less insulin.”

The study team also noticed significant reduction in carbohydrate craving and hunger among subjects in Bdiet group while both were found higher in 6Mdiet group.

Diet plays an important role in keeping weight under check. As majority of developed and developing nations are facing obesity epidemic, it is important for people to realize the importance of right diet and regular physical activity. With regular physical activity and a balanced diet, individuals can reduce their medical expenses as many chronic ailments can be avoided by keeping a health weight.

The research paper further informed…

Fasting glucose levels decreased 54 mg/dl (from 161 to 107) in the Bdiet group but only 23 mg/dl (from 164 to 141) in the 6Mdiet group. Overall mean glucose levels dropped in the first 14 days by 29 mg/dl (from 167 to 138 mg/dl) and 38 mg/dl (from 167 to 129 mg/dl) after three months in the Bdiet group. Overall mean glucose levels dropped only 9 mg/dl (from 171 to 162 mg/dl) in the first 14 days and only 17 mg/dl (from 171 to 154 mg/dl) in the 6Mdiet group.

Mean glucose levels during sleep dropped only in the Bdiet group, by 24 mg/dl (from 131 to 107), but not in the 6Mdiet group.

The Bdiet group needed significantly less insulin (-20.5 units/day, from 54.7 to 34.8) while the 6Mdiet group needed more insulin (+2.2 units/day, from 67.8 to 70).

The study was supported by the Ministry of Health of Israel.