Here Recently, many health enthusiasts or fitness gurus have been touting the benefits of some special diet regime. Back in the 90’s, fat was the enemy then it was carbs. Fast forward another year, all the bodybuilder types say, don’t eat a drop of food until lunchtime. Yeah, intermittent fasting has been popular the last few years or so. Advocates push many ways to fast, hours very full days or every 3 days. They all claim that fasting allows the body to produce a metabolic substance which helps in metabolism. I’ve heard reports of individuals losing tons of weight, blood pressure control, acne infertility etc.
Common knowledge seems to lean toward eating a morning meal is good for health, weight, and moodiness. Everyone has heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and how could this be wrong. Recently, a compelling study revealed that eating breakffast results in adipose cells work in the body. There are special genes involved in the fat breakdown and endocrine insensitivity are changed due to food intake. The small study reports that morning food intake decreases Cardiovascular issues and Diabetes Mellitus.
Well, credentialed scientists conducted an experiment with a morning meal component, and they measured endocrine levels in the volunteers. The experiment was reported in the Journal of Physiology which is a peer-reviewed journal and well respected. Researcher, Javier Gonzalez is an associate professor of nutrition and metabolism with the University of Bath UK, he mentions their findings below.
The scientist recruited 49 volunteers between aged of 21 to 60; they were instructed to eat a morning meal. Volunteers were instructed to choose any meal they wanted, but most ate a carbohydrate loaded morning meal. The morning meal needed to be eating within 2 hours of wakefulness, and before 11:00 am. Volunteers could also choose to fast if they desired. The scientist analyzed the volunteers’ health indicators before and after the experiment. They looked at tissue samples of fat cells especially the 44 genes and proteins that work to burn calories and affect endocrine hormones in glucose storage.
They basically observed that in lean volunteer fasting actually improved fat metabolism and obese volunteers who fasted increase factors that suggests inflammation. The researcher observed no difference in weight fluctuations in either group of volunteers. The study revealed that meal intake can increase individuals exercise expenditures. Insulin resistance was improved with regular morning meal intake. This experiment reinforces previous studies that support morning meal consumption.
They also confirm that heavier people cells have increased resistance to insulins levels. Please note, larger individuals had better fat burning when they fasted than compared to breakfast eaters. Gonzalez and his team discovered a specific gene responsible which was more active in the group that consumed breakfast.
The experiment reveals that lean volunteers have improved endocrine levels when fasting, but the obese volunteers appeared to exhibit worsen of endocrine values when fasting. Please note, the meals consumed were carbohydrate loaded and the scientists further questioned if composition mattered. The scientists considered if protein or fatty meals would have produced similar results on hormone levels.
More studies would clarify which types of foods impact specific individuals for the morning meals. This information would allow the healthcare professional personalized health recommendation for clients. Researchers also will examine how exercise and breakfast intake effect endocrine indicators.
They caution blanket recommendations of breakfast intake in regards to lean or obese individuals. More Research is needed to devise special dietary recommendations geared toward those with more adipose tissue in order to prevent chronic disease. Gonzalez also warrants more studies to examine how adipose tissue responds to meals at different times of the day.