Breakfast is the Most Important Meal
Researchers from the Imperial College of London have conducted a study to determine the effects of skipping breakfast on appetite. The results were presented at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience. The scientists took twenty-two otherwise healthy subjects; asked them to skip breakfast on certain days; had them consume breakfast on others; and, imaged their brains with MRIs.
The researchers found that skipping meals created a “bias” in the brain of the subjects toward foods with higher caloric count.
Those who had missed breakfast not only ate more at lunch than those who had consumed breakfast, but the foods they chose were higher in calories as well. In other words, our defenses toward foods containing fat or sugar increase if we haven’t built a defense of calming our appetite before lunch.