Category Archives: Fact or Fiction
If you skip breakfast you will lose weight.
The Fact: You will most likely take in more calories throughout the rest of the day to make up for what you didn’t eat in the morning. One study showed participants who skipped breakfast in both childhood and adulthood had a larger waist circumference, higher fasting insulin, higher total cholesterol, and higher LDL cholesterol levels than did those who ate breakfast. Another recent study linked men that skip breakfast to an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Don’t let excuses get in the way of eating a health breakfast.
- If you’re not hungry in the morning, start with something small like a piece of whole grain toast and low fat string cheese. Eat a mid-morning snack later like a small piece of fruit
- If you don’t have enough time in the morning, make sure your kitchen and pantry have quick foods like yogurt, fruit, whole grain breakfast cereals or instant oatmeal.
As cliche as it sounds, Breakfast is a very important part of a balanced diet. Breakfasts make people happy. I know I am happy when I eat breakfast. Just look at that happy cereal. You’re smiling already.
Fact or Fiction Friday:
Eating after 8 p.m. causes weight gain.
The Fact: It doesn’t matter what time you eat. The issues are the type and amount of food you eat and the amount of activity you do throughout the entire day. The balance of calories in verses calories out determines if you gain, lose, or maintain your weight. It doesn’t matter WHEN you eat. If you consume more food than your body needs for the day it will store the excess food (calories) as fat.
You might want to think again before having that snack during your favorite TV show in the evenings. Avoid snacking in front of the TV at night—it might be easier to overeat when you are distracted by the television causing you to eat more than you need and tipping the scales in the wrong direction.
It’s a balancing act. Eat lighter in the day if you know you will be having a bigger dinner than usual. Or get extra activity in a few days before and after when you know you will be eating more than your body needs. (IE…Thanksgiving/Birthdays, or any day you eat big for that matter…)
Click here to find out how many calories your body needs for the day.