If there is something that the fitness community has known for a long time, it is that eating breakfast is the best way to kick start the day and help you diet more effectively. However, a recent study by the University of Bath has produced some interesting results which may change your thinking as to why we shed more weight when consuming breakfast.
The six week study by the University of Bath, randomly split participants into a 'breakfast' group and a 'fasting' group. The participants were aged between 21 and 60 and were not told what to eat for breakfast. They were simply told to either eat 700 calories before 11am or not eat until 12pm.
The surprising finding in the study was that those who ate breakfast experienced little change in their resting metabolism. This goes against popular belief that breakfast kick starts your metabolism. However, they did expend more energy - averaging 442 calories but this was attributed to being more active! Mainly in the morning after eating. The main finding in the study was that people burn more calories with breakfast, which is proof that skipping your morning meal will not help with weight loss!
During the remainder of the day, the participants who ate breakfast also benefited from more controlled blood sugar levels which helps stop sweet cravings.
If you would like to follow the same morning calorie intake as the study done by Bath University, try the plan below. The products we have chosen will also provide you with a boost in metabolism and a reduction in hunger, so you will have the potential to shed over the 442 additional calories a day.
Breakfast @ 8am (must be eaten within 2 hours of waking)
Eat @ 10:30am
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