Which Meal Should Be Your Biggest of the Day?

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paleo2Believe it or not, some people believe that if dinner is your biggest meal, you’ll feel full a lot faster (and avoid wanting those tasty midnight snacks.) However, studies have shown it is actually a lot more beneficial to do the reverse. Breakfast should be your biggest meal of the day rather than skip this portion altogether. This will be especially beneficial if you are trying to lose a few pounds. The key factor is that your breakfast should be a healthy mix rather than a pile of fatty foods that may be low in the important nutrients you need to keep you going.

A December 2013 study revealed that females who were attempting to lose weight veered toward having breakfast as their biggest meal of the day while dinner was their smallest. Thanks to this approach, those same women were able to see the results right before their very eyes. The women not only maintained their weight loss but they also were able to see their waist shrink a few sizes in addition to seeing their triglyceride (an important tool in the body used to measure your heart’s health) and their blood sugar levels go down. Another study was conducted that unveiled the discovery of diabetics being able to maintain their blood sugar levels by eating a bigger breakfast with the right amount of nutrients for themselves. This was compared to those diabetics who did the opposite and went with the smaller breakfast /larger dinner option.

Another study conducted by Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in August of 2013 did something similar with their groups by assigning certain numbers of participants with a larger breakfast/ smaller dinner as well as smaller breakfast / larger dinner. The study was conducted for approximately 3 months, where certified nutritionists were able to monitor what the groups were eating to make sure they were able to get the right amount of nutrients in their bodies. As it turned out, the end result for the group who ate the smaller breakfast / larger dinner lost only about 1.4 inches from their waist and a grand total of almost 7.5 pounds of weight was gone. The bigger breakfast / smaller dinner group had more positive results, losing three inches from their waist and nearly 18 pounds of weight was taken off. What was the key factor in all this?

There’s a hormone in our body called ghrelin which regulates hunger. The group conducting the test were able to notice (over time) that the group who ate the larger breakfast / smaller dinner had low levels of ghrelin as well as less snacking to compensate for their hunger in contrast to the smaller breakfast / larger dinner group. The researchers strongly encourage a high-calorie breakfast to conflict with obesity and work along your body’s all-natural metabolic circadian rhythm.

Now there’s an even better reason not to skip breakfast anymore!
James Christopher, Creative Writer