Ever experienced forcing yourself to finish a bowl of cereal or a couple slices of bread in the morning because of the belief that it is the most important meal of the day? Or the belief that it is best to eat more in the morning and less at night to lose weight? You can debunk these myths today with the newest studies conducted by the experts.
In an experiment led by Emily Dhurandhar, University of Alabama’s Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior, she divided 300 overweight and obese participants into two groups: breakfast-eaters and breakfast-skippers. At the end of 16 weeks of the program, participants in both groups lost the same amount of weight.
This study highly affects the recommendation of doctors and nutritionists that insist on the effect of skipping breakfast on weight loss. It also paves the way to new studies and techniques to improve the effectiveness of skipping breakfast on getting rid of those excess pounds.
Another thing that back-up this study is the emerging weight-loss trend, mini-fast. In this diet plan, Julian Witaker, director of the Whitaker Wellness Institute in Newport Beach, California and author of the book The Mini-Fast Diet, encourages weight watchers to replace breakfast by maximizing exercise routine before eating the first meal of the day in the afternoon. Through this method, it maximizes the capacity of the body to burn fat naturally.
In mini-fast, it burns the fat that was gained from the last night’s meal. It means that everyone undergoes natural fasting every night when asleep. In between the hours of natural fasting, the body will start consuming the vitamins, glycogen, and carbohydrates from the evening meal, thus, the body will rely on stored fat for energy. By exercising in the morning, the body will burn the fat in the body until the next meal intake. With the right food intake, the body will immediately react in this mini-fast method resulting to weight loss.
With these studies and diet trends, it can be proved that skipping breakfast can help losing weight, but it doesn’t show its effect and risk in one’s health. It is recommended to attend to a doctor first if this weight-loss program is suitable with your health condition. It is also best to take this method slowly, and not completely cutting off the meal completely. In starting the mini-fast program, it is advised to eat less in the morning and do a light exercise routine first. One should let the body adjust to this new program to avoid and develop health risk in the end.
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