Can Eating Oatmeal for Breakfast Make You Lose Weight?
The consumption of oatmeal is usually considered to be responsible for gaining weight. However, a recent study proves that eating oatmeal for breakfast can actually help you to shed your excess pounds.
Oatmeal for Breakfast
This food is effective in satisfying your hunger and making you feel full for a longer period of time. According to the study, eating oatmeal for breakfast will lower the calorie intake in the rest of the day, which will result in a weight loss.
A Study Shows That Oatmeal Is Better in Satisfying Your Hunger than Sugared Cord Flakes
Allan Geliebter, a psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, led a study which examined 36 subjects, half of which were overweight and the other half were at normal weight.
These 36 participants were divided into three groups. Each of the groups received a different breakfast regime. The first group consumed quick-cook oatmeal and the second group had sugared corn flakes.
Both of these groups had a breakfast meal consisting of 350 calories. The third group drank 1.5 cups of water.
The scientists evaluated the ratings of hunger, fullness, and appetite of the participants at regular intervals, before and after the breakfast until the lunchtime.
Blood samples were collected at each interval to assert the levels of insulin, glucose, acetaminophen, and a number of hormones related to the appetite.
Despite the fact that the breakfast of the first two groups consisted of an equal number of calories and similar amounts of fat, carbohydrates, and liquid, the results of the study showed that the satiety values were notably greater after eating oatmeal compared to sugared corn flakes.
According to the results of the study, the consumption of oatmeal showed a lower rating of hunger, a higher rating of fullness, and a 31% fewer calorie intake at lunch in comparison to the sugared corn flakes and the water.
Surprisingly, the overweight subjects experienced the greatest satiety effect. After eating oatmeal, they consumed 50% fewer calories at lunch.
Moreover, the study concluded that eating sugared corn flakes and drinking water for breakfast have similar ratings of fullness. After 3 hours of having a breakfast, these two groups experienced the same level of hunger.