Study: Eating Big Breakfast Linked To Burning More Calories

We’ve always heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and new research suggests that’s definitely true, at least for those trying to burn calories. A new, small study from Germany finds that men who ate a big breakfast and a small dinner burned 2.5-times more calories after their meal than when they ate a small breakfast and a large dinner.

Researchers studied the number of calories burned after participants ate various types of meals - a process called diet-induced thermogenesis. They found that people burned twice as many calories after a large breakfast than after a big dinner, which suggests the effect of diet-induced thermogenesis is somehow stronger in the morning than the evening.

But this kind of calorie-burning only accounts for 5% to 15% of the total daily calories we burn, according to registered dietitian Georgie Fear. This means that even though the study participants doubled the diet-related calories they burned, it only comes out to burning a few hundred extra calories a day. Still, when you’re trying to shed a few pounds, that could make a difference.

Source: Insider

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