May 28, 2018
Breakfast for Dinner

Breakfast for Dinner

by Berkeley Wellness  

Eating a large breakfast (and light dinner) may boost weight loss, according to a 2013 study published in the journal Obesity. The participants—93 overweight or obese women—followed one of two diet regimens that provided the same amount of calories (1,400 a day) but varied in the timing of intake.

One group ate a large breakfast (700 calories), a moderate lunch (500 calories) and a light dinner (200 calories); the other group ate a small breakfast (200 calories), a moderate lunch (500 calories) and a big dinner (700 calories). Though both groups lost significant weight, the big breakfast eaters lost more than twice as much (19 versus 8 pounds) and had greater reductions in waist size.

The big breakfast group showed other benefits, too, including greater reductions in blood sugar and insulin and a drop in triglycerides (triglycerides actually increased in the big dinner group). What’s more, the big breakfast eaters reported feeling more satisfied. Some (but not all) previous studies have also shown that eating breakfast regularly results in greater losses of both body weight and fat.

Among several explanations, the timing of meals seems to have an effect on metabolism. Because the researchers adjusted for total daily calories, the difference in weight loss between the big breakfast and big dinner groups “could be because of the differences in energetic efficiency,” they concluded.