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The fact is skipping breakfast makes you fatter! Yet over 40% of us assume it will help as lose weight. We think we are saving on calories but too often we replace these calories throughout the day by nibbling and binging. We are more likely to make unhealthier food choices when we are hungry and our blood sugar levels are low explains Clinical Nutritionist Katherine Zeratsky. Prolonged fasting which occurs when we skip breakfast can increase your body s insulin response which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain. In fact skipping breakfast increases you risk of obesity. On-going studies from The National Weight Control Registry show that 78% of people who eat breakfast everyday has maintained their weight loss for more than a year. If we don t eat breakfast our engines don t switch on to burn any fuel so our metabolic rate stays asleep which means it won t be burning calories throughout the day explains fitness professional and nutrition consultant Laura Church.
Remember that it is not just the rest of the body that gets energy from digested food but also the brain. When the brain is low on energy one cannot expect it to function effectively. Some studies also show that children who skip breakfast are more likely to have problems concentrating and also have problems with memory when compared with children who have breakfast. 3. Type 2 diabetes - skipping breakfast is said to increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. If one is already diabetic it is all the more important to keep sugar fluctuations low which means the body has to be fed at regular intervals. Diabetes is a state of the body that is not particularly easy to manage as the complications of diabetes can be very serious from losing eye sight heart attacks having to be amputated.
A recent study done in the UK suggests that what we eat for breakfast has a bearing on how our bodies react to lunch. According to the study eating soon after waking up in the morning may help stabilize blood glucose levels later during the day. The small-scale study investigated metabolic changes in eight obese adults with type 2 diabetes. The subjects were divided into two groups--one group had breakfast soon after waking up in the morning and the other group skipped breakfast altogether. The researchers noted how blood glucose levels differed between the groups and found that those who had breakfast showed a much lower spike in blood glucose after lunch compared to those who didn t have breakfast. The two groups had similar levels of insulin.