Life keeps spinning faster and some people find they have no time to eat until the evening meal. Others are encouraged by social media or dieting myths to skip breakfast in order to lose weight. In fact, an estimated 15% of U.S. adults have used fasting as a means to try to lose weight. What this creates is protein consumption habits that are upside down.
Our issue is not the amount of protein consumed, we’re eating enough on a daily basis, but when that protein is consumed. Americans eat more protein during the dinner hour than any other time of the day for a skewed daily protein distribution in the diet. Our bodies optimally require and use the amino acids present in protein during the course of the day, not at night when we are inactive.
That is one habit worth reversing. Research shows the most beneficial time of day to consume protein is in the morning. And not just any protein, but egg proteins. Pennington Biomedical Research Center revealed study results last summer that showed a breakfast containing egg proteins was better than a wheat-based breakfast in keeping hunger at bay.
Harvard released results from a 16-year study of nearly 30,000 subjects that found men who skip breakfast are 21% more likely to develop Type-2 diabetes than those who eat breakfast daily.
Multiple studies show the correlation between students who eat breakfast and more active mental function, better grades and even better graduation rates.
In addition, skipping breakfast as a means to lose weight might actually put on the pounds instead of taking them off.
When people skip breakfast, they’re most likely to reach for a carbohydrate-laden food, according to a study released by Cornell University researchers last July. In the study, researchers split students into two groups; one half fasted for 18 hours while the other group did not. All were then offered a buffet-style lunch. Students who had fasted put more starchy foods on their plates and were more likely to start the meal with carbs, rather than choices such as vegetables, fruit or protein.
Not only did they start the meal with carbs, the students who started their meal with the starch-related food consumed significantly more calories per meal than those who selected and started with a fruit, vegetable or protein instead.
Starting the day with eggs for breakfast helps you feel satisfied longer and perhaps make it easier to ignore the vending machine outside your office or that bag of chips in the kitchen cupboards.
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