t’s long been assumed that in the battle to lose weight carbohydrates are enemy number one.
But a recent study from Tel Aviv University may have just turned that notion on its head, with experts suggesting a slice of toast for breakfast could actually help you lose kilos.
‘A slice of bread leads to a lower glucose response and is less fattening than an identical slice of bread consumed in the evening,’ said lead study author Dr Daniela Jakubowicz.
‘The hour of the day – when you eat and how frequently you eat – is more important than what you eat and how many calories you eat,’ she continued.
The study revealed people who ate a big breakfast, a medium-sized lunch and small dinner lost four times more weight than individuals who ate the more traditional six portions a day.
While it was testing people suffering from diabetes and obesity, it’s a good indicator of how the average person might expect to lose the extra bulge.
With one in four Australians over the age of 18 struggling with obesity, it’s good news for those who enjoy their Sunday brunch but want to maintain their control as well.
Australian nutritionist Susie Burrell agrees with the findings and believes it to be an encouraging statistic.
‘This is more evidence to show that meal timing and carbohydrate distribution throughout the day is an important part of weight loss and weight control long term,’ she told FEMAIL.
For example, topping your bread with a nut butter, banana and chia seed would be a healthy and delicious choice to kick start the day.
If that doesn’t appeal the trend of adding avocado to a slice of sourdough has a fan base for a reason – this type of dough reduces bloating and has been known to regulate blood sugar levels.
Even the humble Vegemite on toast can be eaten as a healthy treat – particularly if you choose the low-salt variety.
It has a good source of B vitamins like B1, folate and B6 and potassium to act as an ‘antagonist’ to the sodium content.
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