Skipping Breakfast Could Increase Risk Of Heart Disease

Skipping Breakfast Could Increase Risk Of Heart Disease

Often times, when weight loss seekers come to me and I ask them what their typical daily food menu is, I’d hear things like “I eat once a day” or “I don’t eat breakfast” or “I rarely eat”. Hey! You can’t starve and expect to lose weight because, your body needs “food” to break down fat.

Many of us who claim to eat, are eating in reversed order. We grab a cup of coffee and a quick bite in the morning; and eat more as the day goes on, with a medium-sized lunch and the largest meal of the day in the evening. But a growing body of research on weight and health suggests we may be doing it all backward.

I always tell people not to eat close to bedtime, and to eat their heaviest meals earlier in the day, when they’re still very active. However, the nature of some jobs makes some people snack at odd times and occasionally skipping breakfast .

Apart from curbing obesity, a new research published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology (JACC), confirms the importance of eating breakfast for heart health; and researchers said the findings could have important implications for public health. According to the study, people who skip breakfast or eat very little, first thing in the day, could be doubling their risk of cardiovascular disease.

The research found people whose breakfast contained less than 5% of the recommended daily calorie intake (100 calories for a daily intake of 2,000) had twice the number of atherosclerotic plaques as those who ate a high-energy breakfast. Often, most people with atherosclerosis don’t know they have it until they get symptoms like angina or have a heart attack or stroke.

Researchers analysed 4,000 middle-aged office workers and monitored the prevalence and progression of atherosclerotic plaques – fatty deposits in the walls of arteries that first appear at a young age, but in these early phases do not produce any symptoms.

Using ultrasound technology, it was discovered that people who skipped breakfast had 1.5 times more atherosclerotic plaques in the arteries than those who had an energy-rich breakfast every day.

We therefore advice that you don’t ever skip breakfast but to make it your largest meal of the day, and eat dinner as your lightest meal of the day

Here’s to your health.

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