Many health experts think that breakfast should be the most opulent meal of the day. This position is supported by the latest research and one hackneyed proverb: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.”
The experiments in mice demonstrated that "when the animals were given unlimited access to a high-fat diet — “the equivalent of humans eating only ice cream, cheese and nachos” — they became obese in nine or 10 weeks, and developed insulin resistance or diabetes and high cholesterol a few weeks later. But when the mice had access to the high-fat diet for only eight hours a day, they did not become obese or diabetic, even though they consumed the same amount of calories as the animals who ate round the clock.”
In human studies, the researchers found that when the subjects consumed their biggest meal of the day in the morning, they were more likely to have a lower BMI than those who ate their biggest meal later in the day. The scientists attributed it to the fact that morning is the time when insulin is at its peak performance - it breaks down glucose much faster than later in the day.
Question: What about the good ol’ English breakfast heavy on fat and protein? Not everybody devours a stack of pancakes drenched in maple syrup in the morning - how, the hell, does it fit into the ‘peak glucose’ premise? I’m just curious.
Even more importantly, there’s a catch - many of us do not have appetite in the morning, and for some of us the idea of ingesting anything in the early morning hours is simply nauseating.
How come? The last meal was at least 8 hours ago - we should have built a good appetite after a long night sleep.
It is a typical catch-22 situation. It turns out that 8 hours are not enough to whet a healthy appetite in the morning. Especially when the last night dinner was huge; especially when it was eaten mindlessly and in haste. And especially when big lumps of undigested food were left to 'rot' all night in the sleepy, languid stomach.
Trust me, when we abuse our stomach by making it toil all night when every other organ in the body is having a justly earned repose, it will retaliate. Our stomach will make us toss and turn all night and feel nauseous in the forenoon.
So, if you want to ‘eat breakfast like a king’, show your stomach some respect and ‘give dinner to your enemy’.