It’s becoming embarrassing to realise that one of the best ways to maintain health is to ignore anything discovered before the development of sport science and listen to your Granny
Annoying sayings by old, normally smelly people, who pretend to be deaf – such as “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper” – may actually be very good advice and protect you against the diseases increasingly connected with excess carbohydrate consumption, excitingly known as the Metabolic syndrome
A study in the International Journal of Obesity, published in March 2010 examined the the type of food and when it was eaten and its effect on metabolic syndrome characteristics in mice (not humans, yet).
Basically, more fat in your morning meal sets you up for a normal metabolic profile for the rest of the day. If you eat a carb rich meal (cornflakes, toast, sh*t like that) you are being set up for weight gain and a screwed up metabolism.
“Studies have looked at the type and quantity of food intake, but nobody has undertaken the question of whether the timing of what you eat and when you eat it influences body weight, even though we know sleep and altered circadian rhythms influence body weight,” said Molly Bray, Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology in the UAB School of Public Health.
“The first meal you have appears to program your metabolism for the rest of the day,” said study senior author Martin Young, Ph.D., “This study suggests that if you ate a carbohydrate-rich breakfast it would promote carbohydrate utilization throughout the rest of the day, whereas, if you have a fat-rich breakfast, you have metabolic plasticity to transfer your energy utilization between carbohydrate and fat.“
“Humans eat a mixed diet, and our study, which we have repeated four times in animals, seems to show that if you really want to be able to efficiently respond to mixed meals across a day then a meal in higher fat content in the morning is a good thing,” Bray said. “Another important component of our study is that, at the end of the day, the mice ate a low-caloric density meal, and we think that combination is key to the health benefits we’ve seen.“
The equally astounding news is that Alabama actually has a University!
So, everyone is now recommending bacon and egg for breakfast; a bad time to be a pig or a maternaly inclined chicken!
But, if everything the older generation told us was true, I need to pop out and re-arrange a “fluttock” as, ” there’s ‘owt, before nowt, come micklemass”. Or so my old dad says…