Do you often skip breakfast as you run out the door?
Do you snack on bread or crackers before dinner at restaurants?
A new Cornell study found that people who skip breakfast are more likely to crave high-calorie, low nutritional carbohydrates and starches. Further, the study concludes that this tendency may continue throughout the day. What you eat first at each meal may determine what you eat the most of.
Now, this may not be a total surprise to anyone who has binged on potato chips, cookies or pasta after going without food for a longer-than-usual amount of time. But many people who don’t consider themselves to be on a diet should pay attention to these results.
The study conclusions make sense. After an extended period of time without food, your body may be in an “energy deficit.” It needs to find a source of energy quickly. Carbs, especially simple carbs, are the quickest way for your body to get energy, so that’s what it craves. So, when you skip breakfast, or any meal for that matter, you are much more likely to crave carbs.
Unfortunately, these same carbs are usually loaded with fat, sugar, and calories. And, they often have little real nutritional value. They are just a source of quick, pure energy, and nothing more.
Interestingly, you can also reduce your craving for carbs, even if you haven’t skipped a meal. How? By starting your meal with some type of vegetable, like a salad. It turns out that people tend to eat more of the food type that they start their meal with. Starting a meal with a particular food led all study participants to consume almost 50 percent more calories of that food type. If they started with carbs, like the bread served at many restaurants, they tended to eat more carbs during the meal. If they started with a vegetable, they tended to eat more vegetables.
We encourage you to put these findings into use in your own life. Try starting your meals with vegetables, sit down to a healthy breakfast each day, and don’t skip meals. See what a difference it makes for you and your family.
Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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You may also want to read: 5 “Healthy” Foods to Avoid, 7 Tips for Eating Healthy While Eating Out, Childhood Obesity: Serving Size Matters