High-Fat Breakfast Could Help You Loosing Weight
A recent university study shows that having a high-fat breakfast could be one of the best ways to start your day. The researchers of the study found out that the first meal after a night’s sleep have this ability to dictate one’s metabolism for the entire day.
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The study was published online last March 30 through the International Journal of Obesity. It specifically looked into the type of foods and timing of intake that is deemed related with the metabolic syndrome of mice that were subjects of the said study.
High in Fat
The research revealed that ate food with higher fat actually had normal metabolism. On the other hand, those that were given with high carbohydrate food during breakfast, but consumed high-fat food items towards the end of the day were observed to gain more weight. They were also prone to glucose intolerance and adiposity.
The researchers’ leader, Dr. Moly Bray and a professor at the UAB School of Public Health said previous researches were able to look into the quantity and type of food intake, but the timing of food consumption has never really been taken into consideration. That gap in the nutrition research field was filled by Bray’s research team.
According to Bray, their team found out that fat intake during the time of waking up helps in having a more efficient metabolism. Based on the results of the study, when animals were fed with sources of carbohydrates upon waking up, their carbohydrate metabolism would be turned on all throughout the day.
One of the authors, Dr. Martin Young explained that the first meal of the day seems to program one’s metabolism that would last for the rest of the day. In a nutshell, the study sugggests that if you would eat sources of carbohydrate upon waking up, there would be a promotion of carbohydrate utilization all throughout the day.
Young and Bray pointed out that the results of their study could be considered significant for human dietary recommendations. Since it is very rare than humans eat a uniform diet for the rest of the day, the need for the ability to respond to diet alterations should be explored. To achieve energy balance, which is important in maintaining a healthy diet and weight, adjustment of the dietary composition of meals should be monitored. The timing, quantity and quality of intake should also be highlighted in the process of reducing or maintainig weight.
Bray said humans are expected to eat a mixed diet. And in the study, it is revealed that it is important to take high-fat food in the morning. Based on the study also, it is recommended that low-caloric density mean should be taken at the end of the day. This ensures a balance between the first meal and the last meal of the day.
However, the two researchers clarified that further studies must be conducted to test the different types of carbohydrates and fats. This should also be tested among humans.