First off, I hope you make it a point to eat breakfast every day. I’ve always heard you should eat like a king at breakfast, a princess at lunch, and a pauper at dinner.
Now, there might be research to back it up.
The study was done by Departments of Epidemiology and Cardiovascular Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham and the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and published in the International Journal of Obesity. (I know! It’s exhausting reporting the news — such long sentences with so many facts!) They were interested in the correlation between what you eat and when you eat it. Their results seem to show that eating fat for your first meal of the day might prevent metabolic syndrome which is the culprit in all kinds of problems like belly fat, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high triglycerides.
The study involved mice fed high fat or high carb meals at different times of day. Scientists have known for a long time that the first meal of the day sets your metabolism for the rest of the day. The mice who ate the high fat breakfast, with a smaller lunch and even smaller dinner, lost more weight and had lower blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. The fatty breakfasts seemed to kickstart the mice’s metabolism letting them metabolize fats AND carbs throughout the day. When they ate fat later in the day or when they ate cereal for breakfast, they were more likely to see the effects of metabolic syndrome.
An easy way to put this way of eating into practice without changing what you eat is to have your big breakfast of bacon and eggs in the morning instead of cereal, then switch to smaller meals with your good, whole grain carbs and veggies at lunch and dinner. Same number of calories, just swapped around. Check with your doctor and see if s/he agrees.
I eat bacon and/or eggs and/or avocado and/or cheese almost every morning. What about you? What is your typical breakfast? Do you think the standard American breakfast of cereal and toast is contributing to our obesity crisis? Is that the standard American breakfast? Do you eat breakfast every day?