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Fat Loss & a High Protein Breakfast

Fat Loss & a High Protein Breakfast

Here’s what you need to know…..

  • Meal skippers get fatter over time.  When the skipped meal is breakfast, fat storage is accelerated.
  • The more we eat later in the day, or the later we eat in the day, the more likely it is that our meal will be converted to fat instead of muscle.  Sumo wrestlers adopt this way of eating to specifically to gain weight.
  • Other than an increased risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome, breakfast skippers also have a 27% higher risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Eating a high protein breakfast increases a chemical in the brain that’s associated with food reward, while a low protein breakfast causes cravings for sweet foods that gets worse through the day.
  • A high protein breakfast has a profound effect on the neurotransmitters that control hunger, brain function and overall energy levels.

A study in the journal Obesity compared a big breakfast (700 of 1400 calories at breakfast) and big dinner (700 of 1400 calories at dinner) protocol in a group of overweight and obese women for 12 weeks.  The big breakfast group lost more weight and inches and had better improvements in fasting glucose and insulin levels.

When revisiting the circadian clock of insulin sensitivity, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.  The calories consumed at dinner were primed for storage in fat tissue, while the calories consumed at breakfast were primed for storage in muscle tissue.

A high protein breakfast produces a gradual and sustained increase in blood sugar which means a consistent nutrient supply to the brain and the muscles.  This not only keeps us satisfied longer but also has a profound effect on the neurotransmitters that control hunger, brain function and overall energy levels as well as feeding muscle instead of fat.

 

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