‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, they said, ‘it’ll kick-start your metabolism’, they said – but it turns out whoever they” are, might not have been having us on…
A recent experiment conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has explored what happens to your body when you skip breakfast.
Researchers at the University of Hohenheim in Germany tested 17 healthy adults on three different days, reports the Mirror.
On day one, the participants missed breakfast, the next they had three regular meals and on the final day, they skipped dinner.
The test found the calorie, protein and fat breakdown in each person on each of the three days were the same.
Blood samples were collected on a frequent basis between 7am and 9pm, measuring hormone levels, glucose and insulin concentrations and immune cell activity.
It was found the participants did burn more calories when they skipped either lunch or dinner as opposed to when they missed breakfast.
But no difference was found in 24-hour glucose levels, insulin secretion or total physical activity between the three days.
Although glucose concentrations and markers of inflammation and insulin resistance were higher after lunch on breakfast-skipping days.
So what we’re saying is, if you want to get up and smash that avocado on toast, or if you simply want your cup of tea and to get out the door – you can. The differences appear only to be marginal.