Breakfast skipping can lead to weight gain and heart problems

As per the old saying to “live a long healthier life your breakfast should be king size, lunch should be prince and a dinner should be a pauper.” Although, most of the people do not follow their diet regimens this way, the reason may be many and most prominent are either late night working or rushed morning hours. Proper breakfast prevents weight gain and help in staying away from heart diseases.

Experts have suggested that it is more important when you take your diet than what you eat. When we wake up in the morning our body is in need of food because during sleep there is no food intake for last 7 to 8 hours. If we do not fulfill the food requirements during this time, the body can move on to the “starvation mode”. During this starvation mode whatever we eat gets stored rather than being utilized because our biological clock alarms our body that there may be starvation and there is need to store food as to take care of it. This stored food is accumulated in the form of fat which leads to weight gain. If same routine is followed regularly this can subsequently lead to many health problems like obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

The old saying, breakfast to be king, lunch to be prince and dinner to be pauper has now been proved by researchers of Harvard Medical School, USA. They conducted their study on 26,902 men aged between 45 and 82 for over 16 years. During this time they tracked their health and found that during this time 1,572 men developed heart problems. The men who were diagnosed with heart problems were skipping their breakfast.

It has been proved that the risk of heart rate increases by approximately 27% by skipping the breakfast. The study has been published in the Circulation Journal.

The research was led by Dr. Leah E. Cahill of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Leah E. Cahill said: “Don’t skip breakfast. Eating breakfast is associated with a decreased risk of heart attacks.”

Furthermore she advised to include healthy foods in the breakfast. As she said: “Incorporating many types of healthy foods into your breakfast is an easy way to ensure your meal provides adequate energy and a healthy balance of nutrients, such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.”

Since this study was carried out on men over age of 45 years so it is currently applicable for them only. But we assume that the case would be same for other genders and age groups, but let’s wait for further research to prove it formally.

Leave a Reply