Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How breakfast can be the key to weight loss success

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22 March 2011

UK Edition

Dear Reader,

Every time I decide this is it, now is when I get serious about losing those few extra pounds, there's one particular piece of advice I hear over and over.

"You've got to eat a big breakfast! That's the key — a nice, big meal at the beginning of the day."

The idea is that front-loading your daily calories by eating a big breakfast will lead you to eat fewer calories during the rest of the day.

It's not just common knowledge — it's an idea that's previously been backed by research. But is that really good weight-loss advice?

According to researchers in Germany — no.

In fact, according to them the idea is a myth.

The study, which appears in Nutrition Journal, demonstrated that people who eat a big breakfast still eat the same amount at lunch and dinner. The researchers concluded that reducing breakfast calories could help with weight loss.

For two weeks, participants in the study kept a diary of what they ate, at what time, and how much the food weighed. Some of the people ate big breakfasts and some ate small ones, while others just skipped it.

On average, those large breakfasts contained 400 calories more than small ones. The people who ate those breakfasts ended up taking in about 400 more calories per day than people who ate small ones.

So, there was no reduction in lunch and dinner calories — eating more at breakfast just meant, well, eating more in general.

This new finding seems to directly contradict a 2008 study out of Virginia Commonwealth University that showed a "big breakfast" diet beat a "small breakfast" diet when it came to weight loss. But there was a difference there — daily calories were still restricted with both diets. People eating a big breakfast ate only 155 more calories per day than those who ate a small breakfast.

Of course, the takeaway from this study shouldn't be to skip breakfast. The general consensus is that eating breakfast is important to weight loss. Skipping the meal could lead to bad snack decisions later in the day. People who eat breakfast have more balanced diets and are less likely to be overweight.

So, if you're looking to shed some pounds, make sure you're not skipping breakfast — but don't pile the plate high in hopes of cutting back on calories later in the day, either.

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Is this breast pain really "nothing to worry about"?

Q: I went to see my doctor about pain I was experiencing in my breasts. My mammogram was OK, but my doctor did tell me that I have small bumps scattered through both breasts. She said it's "just" fibrocystic breast disease and nothing to worry about, but since it is causing me pain I'd like to get rid of it if at all possible. Do you have any information on natural therapies for this condition?

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright: The first step for any woman battling fibrocystic breast disease is to eliminate any and all sources of caffeine from your diet. Some women can drink all the coffee they want and not have fibrocystic breast problems, but unfortunately, women with fibrocystic breast problems are always caffeine-sensitive.

Women with fibrocystic breast disease also need a lot more iodine than others do. In 1976, I learned from Dr. John Myers that fibrocystic breast disease can always be eliminated — yes, I did say always — by applications of iodine. If you have a bad, painful case, you will probably want to consider the original Myers treatment, also known as the Myers Cocktail.

For cases that aren't extremely painful, I typically recommend taking two drops of Lugol's iodine per day, two daily drops of Tri-odide, or one Iodoral tablet daily. The last two are available at natural health food stores and Lugol's iodine is available from online sources. Whatever formula you choose, make sure to work closely with a doctor who can monitor your thyroid function while you're undergoing treatment. (Fortunately, I've rarely seen a problem with these quantities, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.)

Most of the women I've worked with over the years notice a difference within a month of starting iodine treatment, but you should continue whichever iodine preparation you're using until the fibrocystic breast disease is gone completely. But remember, the worse the fibrocystic problem, the more likely you need Dr. Myers's original method. Oh, and if you continue the iodine, you'll likely lower your breast cancer risk too.
Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone's personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own doctor before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

Wishing you the best of health,

Andrew Miller
UK Editor
Nutrition and Healing

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"A big breakfast doesn't reduce calorie intake," BBC News (bbc.co.uk)

"Big breakfast 'aids weight loss'," BBC News (bbc.co.uk)

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