Contemplating The Unthinkable

Contemplating The Unthinkable Conventional wisdom puts breakfast right up there among the most important meals of the day. That's because you're literally 'breaking the fast' from 8 to 10 hours without muscle-supporting nutrition. A new study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior turns this thinking upside down with a suggestion that skipping breakfast might promote weight loss.

First, subjects who habitually skipped breakfast were paired with subjects who made a point of eating breakfast. They were then randomly assigned no breakfast, a 335 calorie high-carb breakfast or a 360 calorie high-fiber breakfast. Although hunger ratings differed, neither choice had a significant impact on the amount of calories consumed at lunch.

A second study compared hunger ratings to the amount of food consumed at lunch when breakfast was skipped. Although 144 additional calories were consumed with the noon meal, that still left subjects with a net caloric deficit of 308 calories for the day.

True Strength Moment: There's an old saying that hitting the weight room on an empty stomach is so counterproductive you might as well not bother lifting. Since muscles need protein to build on, it's hard to argue with that advice for anyone who's setting and achieving physique goals.
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