Recently the scientists
have contested the famous adage, "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a
prince and dinner like a pauper."
The scientists are of the opinion that an easy way to
lose weight is to have a light breakfast with small portions
findings highlight the fact that instead of lunch or dinner it is the light
breakfast with small portions that actually matters as far as weight loss is
concerned. According to the experts
those who consume small portions of breakfast do not generally take too many
calories throughout the day.
UK Researchers from
the Medical Research Council (MRC), Human Nutrition Research Unit enrolled
about 33 obese people. Scrambled eggs, ham, milk, cereal, brown toast with
butter and orange juice was given to them for breakfast. Some of the volunteers
were served small portions in order to assess the repercussions of reducing the
The participants were
segregated in three groups. The first group received normal serving of
breakfast with the calorie content being 700. The second group was given a
smaller portion of breakfast. The meal size was reduced by almost 20 percent
whereas the meal size was reduced by 40 percent for the third group of
The experts calculated the calories consumed throughout
the day and the eating habits of the volunteers were also taken into account.
The researchers discovered that reduction in the size of breakfast did not
alter the total amount of food consumed by the volunteers during the day.
By reducing the size
of the food at the breakfast, around 269 calories were decreased from their
total calorie intake as compared to those participants who took 40 percent more
portions in their regular breakfast.
Dr. Jebb, the study
supervisor and the Head of Diet & Population Health at the MRC Human Nutrition
Research Unit said, "the study is not applicable in everyday life where the
number of instances to snack in between breakfast, lunch and dinner is much
mentioned, "This research was done with people in a controlled
laboratory environment and more work is required to determine if the effect
remains in real life where there are more opportunities to eat."
The scientists said that further research is
required in real environment where the possibility of consuming snacks and fast
food are more.