April 1, 2010 at 9:54 am , by Julie Bain
Favoring fat over carbs at breakfast may help you avoid cravings later—and maybe even lose weight, says a fascinating new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
It may also prevent metabolic syndrome, that nasty bunch of symptoms including abdominal fat and high cholesterol that can lead to cardiovascular disease. At least it does in mice. But from what I’ve seen in nutritional studies of mice and rats, they behave pretty much like we do when it comes to eating.
HOW IT WORKS
The mice who were fed a higher-fat breakfast pretty much maintained their weight, but the carb-breakfast little guys got fat and developed the signs of metabolic syndrome. The researchers say starting with fat seems to turn on your ability to metabolize fat efficiently and also allows for metabolism of other kinds of foods throughout the day. But starting with carbs seems to turn on your carb metabolism and it just keeps going so you crave more more more. (You know that feeling!) Read more