Small PortionsYou definitely know all the benefits and health effects of having a healthy breakfast every morning. We try to learn everything possible about choosing the healthiest foods for our breakfast, for starting our breakfast in a certain hour, or even having breakfast in a certain environment. A healthy breakfast has become a point of interest of numerous studies and researches, and plenty of those are being regularly published in serious academic editions, journals and magazines. Just recently we’ve learned that having a glass of orange juice for breakfast can be much better than having a cup of sugar free tea or coffee since 100 per cent organic orange juice can provide us with necessary amounts of vitamins and energy to start our new day with. Read more about this interesting study and the findings related to having a glass of orange juice for a healthy breakfast in this article.

Earlier, the scientist came up with the idea that those who consume too little breakfast tend to compensate the calorie consumption and use plenty of small bites during the day, this way suffer from an increased calorie intake. This week, the findings of another interesting study were published saying that using small portions for breakfast can be a great decision for everyone of us, but especially for those who wants to lose weight and watches calorie consumption. According to the findings of a research group at MRC Human Nutrition Research Unit, it can be a good idea to consume small portions breakfast because using such type of breakfast can help us avoid overeating later in the day and consume smaller amount of calories during lunch or dinner. Those are the findings of a fundamental research supported by experiment with 33 overweight participants, men and women, who volunteered for participating in the study.

The main experimental part was focused on changing the breakfast portions for the participants. All of the participants were receiving the same type of breakfast: some cereal with milk, ham and toast, scrambled egg and a glass of orange juice. Some participants were receiving reduced portions (up to 40 per cent, or up to 270 calories), some were receiving full portions, and the scientists tried to look closer at what kind of impact those changes had on eating habits and mainly calorie consumption of the participants. After analyzing the collected data, it became apparent that those participants who had reduced portions for breakfast in the beginning of the day tended to consume less food and thus less calories during the day. As a result, those participants managed to reduce their body weight more successfully compared to those who were receiving full portions for breakfast.

The scientists are convinced that this interesting approach should be kept in mind by those who are trying to lose weight and improve own body shape. At the same time, the researchers are not sure yet that this strategy can work in a home setting. It is a known fact that during the experiments people may behave a little differently understanding that they are being watched. And when we are at home, we have plenty of opportunities for having a bite or a snack. “This research was done with people in a controlled laboratory environment and more work is required to determine if the effect remains in real life where there are more opportunities to eat,” said the study leader, Dr Jebb, a head of the MRC Human Nutrition Research Unit). At the same time, it is very likely that this approach may work fine in those people who are determined for losing weight and do everything possible to watch their calorie consumption.

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