Have you been skipping breakfast? Because missing out on your breakfast can lead to obesity study finds! Many people think that skipping morning meals helps them but in actuality it leads to more weight gain! If you are trying to lose or maintain weight then you need to be careful not to skip your morning meal as it can lead to high-calorie cravings later in the day.
According to a study conducted by Imperial College of London claims that skipping breakfast will cause you to eat more lunch and crave for more sugary and fatty foods. Which in turn increases their chances of gaining weight.
With the help of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a type of scan, experts studied the brains of volunteers while they were made to watch photos of tasty foods. For the study 20 healthy non-obese people were taken into consideration, who were made to skip breakfast.
During the test they were made to look at both healthy and high-calorie food. As the study progressed it was found that the brain’s reward center lit up when the volunteers saw pictures of tasty high-calorie food. The mind however became less active when less-calorie eatables were seen.
When people skipped meals, notably breakfast, changes in brain activity in response to food may hinder weight loss and would promote weight gain,” said researcher Dr. Tony Goldstone.
Benefits of having breakfast: Eating regular and healthy breakfast makes you maintain weight and save you from being obese.
Reduce hunger: Having your favorite slices of toast or oats or fruits is actually good for you because it ensures that you are not hungry. Breakfast reduces your hunger and hence you will crave for lesser food during the day. In addition, the prolonged fasting that occurs when you skip breakfast can increase your body’s insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain. In fact, skipping breakfast actually increases your risk of obesity.
Healthy choices: Eating breakfast ensures that you make healthy choices throughout the day – you eat healthier overall diet which is more nutritious and lower in fat. When you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day, too!
More energy: When you have breakfast, you tend to stay energized the entire day. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with immediate energy. Skipping breakfast is also associated with decreased physical activity.
via Daily Mail