Friday, August 09, 2013

Breakfast like a king

My mother was a devotee of the nutritionist Adele Davis. Davis used to say, "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper."

Researchers at the University of Tel Aviv have thrown a log on that fire.

They got 93 overweight and obese women to participate in a 3-mo, 1400-cal a day program. The women were in their mid-40s and had metabolic syndrome, associated with the development of diabetes.

Half the women consumed half their daily cals at breakfast. Then they ate 36% at lunch and 14% at dinner.

The dinner group at 14% at breakfast, 36% at lunch, and 50% at dinner--the opposite.

The breakfast group lost 19.1 pounds over 12 week. The dinner group only lost 7.9 pounds.

Other indicators--triglycerides, glucose, insulin, etc. decreased in both groups, but more so in the breakfast feasters.

Overall, the docs concluded the study was too short to recommend high energy intake at breakfast, but you can look at the results and decide.

I tend to eat a small breakfast, a larger lunch and then a snacky dinner. Not that I am anyone to emulate.

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