I stumbled across an interesting new study published in the International Journal of Obesity this week.
The study was conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health.
Researchers were interested in finding a way to lose weight without decreasing calories.
To do this they fed mice either a high fat diet or a low fat diet 4 times per day for about 1 year.
What they discovered was pretty interesting.
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According to their findings, mice who ate a high fat diet early in the day were less likely to gain weight and had less risk of cardiovascular disease.
Researchers are hypothesizing that when we eat a low fat breakfast, our metabolisms are unable to switch from a primarilly carbohydrate substrate to a fat substrate (we have a harder time burning fat for the rest of the day).
However, if we start the day with a high fat diet then our metabolisms are able to make the substrate switch as needed, and burning fat is not a problem.
The researchers therefore suggest a heavy breakfast high in fat, a moderate lunch, and a light dinner that may consist of salad or fruit.
Huh, not unlike the diet theory “eat like a king for breakfast and a pauper at dinner”.
I think that this sounds like a really intersting piece of work that I would like to study more in depth (I only read the reseach review).
One thing that I did not like about what I read is that the researcher said that once they discovered these findings, they, along with all of their employees, started eating chicken or sausage and biscuits for breakfast.
They also maintain that if food timing is a key to weight loss then quality of food means nothing.
Hold the phone!
I don’t care what the researchers found, you should NEVER compromise the quality of your food. Never.
Poor quality food makes you sick, tired, and fat, and is full of chemicals and drugs to make you addicted to them.
I must reiterate the need to avoid all fast food, processed food, refined sugar and flour, trans fat, and anything that comes in a bag, box, or can.
And if you test it out eating foods that are high in trans fat you’re in for a world of hurtin’.
If anyone is going to test out this theory it should be done with foods containing healthy fats (nuts, oils, seeds, avocado, eggs, grass fed bacon, organic, free range eggs, raw, organic coconut).
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about what you read in this post.
Susan Campbell, MS, CSCS
Author, Ultimate Home Workouts