Diabetes: Eating breakfast a key in ADA study on Weight

David Mendosa Health Guide July 05, 2006
  • A presentation on June 10 at the 66th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Washington, D.C., finally proved that you can lose weight by eating.

    This is not the urban myth of negative calorie foods. Dr. Victor Lindlahr promoted that on his radio program in the 1920s. You can still find the claim that “some foods take up more caloric energy to digest then the calories that are in them resulting in what is called the negative calorie effect. The more negative calorie effect foods you eat, the more you may lose.”

    The recent scientific presentation, 1771-P does, however, validate a piece of conventional wisdom. Like my mother always said, eating breakfast is good for us.

    Scientists in Santa Barbara, California, carefully studied 2,701 adolescents from two public high schools there. They compared those who skip breakfast against those who daily eat a complete breakfast.

    The breakfast skippers were heavier than those who ate breakfast. It didn’t matter whether they had a family history of diabetes or how much their parents weigh.

    The scientists speculated in their presentation that the problem is that if you don’t eat breakfast, you tend to get hungry and grab a mid-morning snack. But if you eat breakfast you can avoid snacks, which are often energy-dense and high-calorie, if not completely junk food.

    Personally, I can seldom eat anything just after getting up. I need at least one cup of coffee first. I am fortunate to be able to work at home where I can still get my breakfast, even if it’s not the first thing.

    And now that I am taking Byetta, the only breakfast that I can tolerate is very low-carb, like turkey bacon and eggs or Morningstar Farms Sausage Patties. With Byetta I truly am eating to lose weight as well as controlling my blood glucose.

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