Washington: You may have heard that breakfast is “the most important meal of the day,” and a new study helps to support this
It found that eating a big breakfast and reducing lunch and dinner size may be key for people looking to lose weight and improve their blood glucose levels.
Researchers suggest that three meals per day starting with a big breakfast could promote weight loss and better glucose control. Led by researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel, the study found that adults who were obese and had type 2 diabetes lost more weight and had better blood glucose levels after 3 months when they had a high-energy breakfast every day.
Lead study author Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz, who is a professor of medicine at Tel Aviv University, and colleagues recently presented their results at ENDO 2018, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, held in Chicago, IL. Obesity is a leading risk factor for type 2 diabetes; excess weight makes it more difficult for the body to use insulin the hormone that regulates blood glucose levels effectively. According to the Obesity
Society, it is estimated that around 90 percent of adults who have type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.
In terms of treating obesity and type 2 diabetes, switching to a more healthful diet is often the first port of call. But, as Dr. Jakubowicz notes, it’s not always what and how much we eat that might cause problems; it’s also the time of day at which we eat. Our body metabolism changes throughout the day,” as Dr. Jakubowicz explains. “A slice of bread consumed at breakfast leads to a lower glucose response and is less fattening than an identical slice of bread consumed in the evening.”