Growing up, your mother probably bestowed upon you a wealth of knowledge about being healthy. Don't sit so close to the TV screen. Wear sunscreen. Don't read in the dark. Don't slouch. Bundle up. And, of course, don't forget to eat your breakfast.
The old rigamarole bares truth through the years. Eating breakfast is essential. Mother really knows what's best and there's research to back her up, too.
The latest study published by the American Society for Nutrition reveals that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Researchers found that when the biggest meal of the day started at breakfast time, participants of the study were more likely to have a lower BMI than those who ate their biggest meal at lunch or dinner.
The study was conducted among 50,000 relatively healthy American and Canadian cohorts in their thirties. Researchers carefully tracked their eating habits, including the "number of meals per day, length of overnight fast, consumption of breakfast, and timing of the largest meal."
The results of the study found that an effective way of preventing weight gain is to consume your largest meal at breakfast, but also eat less frequently throughout the day by avoiding snacks.
It was also suggested that a practical strategy to prevent long-term weight gain is to "eat breakfast and lunch 5-6 hours apart and making the overnight fast last 18-19 hours."
The dieter's advice to eat three meals a day doesn't hold as much weight any more (pun intended). The American Heart Association reported that breakfast eaters tended to have lower rates of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. Skipping breakfast also seems to have a domino effect on the body, leading to metabolic impairment, which could raise your risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes.
To eat breakfast, or not to eat breakfast? The question is still viciously contended by health experts and researchers today.
When it all comes down to it, maybe it's just best that we listen to what we have been taught since we were little. Because mother knows best.