Study reveals skipping breakfast won’t only make you eat more throughout the day, but it will result in high fat cravings that can derail your healthy eating plan and make you gain weight.
The subjects in a study at Imperial College in London were offered lunch a few hours after looking at pictures of various foods. On the day breakfast was missed, the subjects consumed one-fifth more calories and chose higher fat foods for their meal.
21 people were shown pictures of various foods – some high fat, high calorie and others, low calorie – while inside a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine on two different days. On the first day, the group was not fed breakfast prior to viewing the images, however on the second day the group was fed a 730 calorie breakfast a half hour prior to viewing the images.
The scans showed the brain was “biased” toward the high calorie foods. And, as the researchers presented at the Neuroscience 2012 conference, there was no change in brain activity when observing low-calorie foods on the day breakfast was skipped.
If you have a tendency to skip breakfast, work to change this poor nutrition habit. You don’t have to have super human willpower to maintain a healthy weight – you need to create healthy habits.