To achieve a healthy weight through weight control or weight loss you need to eat regularly throughout the day.
Medical journalist Michael Mosley demonstrated the effect of skipping breakfast in his show 10 Things You Need to Know to Lose Weight on PBS. He had two MRI brain scans across two days. On the first day he had a full breakfast, on the second, he had no breakfast at all. When he wasn’t hungry, Michael’s brain did not respond much to pictures of either low calorie food like veggies or salads or high calorie foods like sugar caes and fatty chips. However, on the morning he skipped breakfast, his brain buzzed with activity when shown high calorie sugary donuts. Yet he showed far less response to a salad.
So skipping breakfast caused his brain to try to compensate by desiring high calorie foods – clearly a dieting disaster.
When our stomachs empty out, we get a signal to our brain that says, “Feed me!” There is a powerful urge to eat high calorie foods to compensate.
Clearly, this puts unyielding pressure on one’s will power to avoid high calorie foods since your brain is screaming for exactly that. Continue reading