Many of you in the GreenLite program have been drilled on the importance of breakfast. However, A new study shows that breakfast could be a factor in your tendency to indulge on high-calorie foods.
Past studies have shown that people who skip breakfast actually tend to eat more high-calorie foods and be at increased risk of weight gain, but now researchers in England believe they may have an explanation of how this happens.
A group from Imperial College London used MRI’s of brain activity to see what happened in the brains of people who skipped breakfast. What they found was that their brain “reward” centers were activated more by the sight of high-calorie than low-calorie foods. The findings were based on the subject’s ratings of how much the picture foods appealed to them.
When the same 20 healthy, non-obese, subjects ate breakfast, functional MRIs were taken about 90 minutes after eating and showed no significant activation of the brain’s reward centers when the subjects viewed pictures of high-calorie foods.
“Our results support the advice for eating a healthy breakfast as part of the dietary prevention and treatment of obesity,” lead author Dr. Goldstone, said. “When people skip meals, especially breakfast, changes in brain activity in response to food may hinder weight loss and even promote weight gain.”
So don’t forget to fuel up in the morning, your success could depend on it!