Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Breakfast: Don't Skip It!

I can't believe we have to talk about this; but time and time again we find that people are choosing to skip breakfast. What?!

Breakfast – the meal many people usually skip because of a lack of time – is the most important meal of the day for getting you lean because it not only gets you started off right, but also is a winner when it comes to BMI – your body mass index.

Recent research has examined the relationship between eating breakfast and BMI values by comparing the results of nine controlled studies on both children and adults. The researchers found a consistent correlation between eating breakfast and having lower BMI values. While bodybuilders don’t typically fall into the BMI classification, the study is nonetheless applicable because the study found another connection: those who didn’t eat breakfast had higher BMI values and higher overall percentages of body fat – something that bodybuilders will want to avoid.

So here’s your FUSION FACTOID: Not only does breakfast get you started and give your body the nutrients it needs, but it also revs your metabolism into gear, giving you all-day calorie burning and preventing a slow metabolism and resulting BMI increases and body fat gain.

Source: Ashwell M. et al. Are people who regularly eat breakfast cereals slimmer than those who don’t? A systematic review of the evidence. British Nutrition Foundation Nutrition Bulletin. 2007;32:118–128.

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