A big break­fast to stay slim

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

Want to re­duce that ever-bur­geon­ing waist­line? Make break­fast the largest meal of the day as it may help main­tain your body mass in­dex (BMI), re­searchers say.

A study showed that peo­ple who ate more than three meals daily and made din­ner their largest meal were at the risk of de­vel­op­ing a higher BMI — as­so­ci­ated with in­creased of risks of var­i­ous dis­eases.

Eat­ing break­fast and lunch, skip­ping sup­per, avoid­ing snacks, mak­ing break­fast the largest meal of the day and fast­ing overnight for up to 18 hours may be the prac­ti­cal weight-man­age­ment strat­egy, said Hana Kahleova, from Loma Linda Univer­sity (LLU) in Cal­i­for­nia.

The find­ings con­firm the an­cient nu­tri­tional maxim — eat break­fast like a king, lunch like a prince, and din­ner like a pau­per.

For the study, pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Nutri­tion, the team ex­am­ined more than 50,000 par­tic­i­pants. Ir­re­spec­tive of the meal pat­tern, there was, on an av­er­age, an in­crease in weight gain year-by-year un­til par­tic­i­pants reached the age of 60. Af­ter that, most par­tic­i­pants ex­pe­ri­enced a weight loss, each year, said co-au­thor Gary Fraser, Pro­fes­sor at LLU. “Be­fore 60, those eat­ing calo­ries ear­lier in the day had less weight gain,” Fraser said, adding that af­ter 60, the same be­hav­iour tends to pro­duce a larger rate of weight loss than av­er­age. Over decades, the to­tal ef­fect would be very im­por­tant,” added Fraser.

EAT­ING A HEAVY BREAK­FAST AND LUNCH, SKIP­PING SUP­PER, AVOID­ING SNACKS, AND THEN FAST­ING OVERNIGHT UP TO 18 HOURS, MAY RE­DUCE WEIGHT

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