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A new study stated that a large full breakfast could be the key to eliminating calories.
Scientists said that those who eat a large meal when they wake up, burn two and a half times more calories, as their metabolism is stimulated by launching a process known as Diet Induced Thermal Generation (DIT), generating heat in the body.
Dr. Julian Richter said: “The results of the study show that breakfast, regardless of the amount of calories it contains, creates twice the heat generated by the diet. This result is important for all people, because it emphasizes the value of adequate eating at breakfast.”
The study adds growing evidence that the best way to lose weight is to eat the largest meal in the morning and the smallest meal in the evening.
Richter, a neurobiologist at the Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism at the University of Lubeck, Germany, said: “Eating large amounts at breakfast instead of dinner may prevent obesity and high blood sugar.”
Both conditions can lead to a group of life-threatening diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Food digestion for food transport and storage is based on DIT and is a measure of how successful our metabolism is. It can vary depending on the time of meal intake, and is usually slower in the evening and at night, due to body hours.
The results, published in the journal “Endocrinology and Metabolism”, were based on a laboratory trial of 16 men.
In the study, consuming identical calories increased the DIT by 2.5 in the morning, compared to the evening – whether high or low calorie meals. The increase in blood sugar and insulin concentrations decreased after breakfast compared to dinner.
The study also showed that eating a low-calorie breakfast boosted appetite, especially for sweets.
Dr. Richter said: “We recommend obese patients as well as healthy people eat a big breakfast instead of eating a big dinner, to reduce body weight and prevent metabolic diseases.”
In 2017, a study of more than 50,000 adults found that eating a large breakfast, medium lunch, and small dinner led to a lower BMI.