The Reading / Listening - Big Breakfasts - Level 4

Eating a big breakfast could become a popular new diet fad for people who want to lose weight. There was a study on how a big breakfast affected the body's metabolism. Sixteen men ate a low-calorie breakfast and high-calorie dinner. Eating a bigger breakfast and smaller dinner boosted diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT). This is the generation of body heat to burn calories. This happened even when the total calories per day was the same.



A big breakfast led to 2.5 times higher rates of DIT. The study showed that a big breakfast, regardless of the number of calories, creates twice as much DIT as the same meal eaten for dinner. The study said: "Eating more at breakfast instead of dinner could prevent obesity and high blood sugar. We recommend that patients with obesity...eat a significant breakfast rather than a large dinner to reduce body weight and prevent metabolic diseases."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Big Breakfasts - Level 5 or  Big Breakfasts - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.healthline.com/health-news/a-big-breakfast-may-help-you-burn-double-the-calories#The-bottom-line
  • https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/20/eating-big-breakfast-helps-burn-double-calories-says-study-12270475/
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-02-people-big-breakfast-calories.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a popular new diet
  2. people who want to
  3. affected the body's
  4. Sixteen men ate a low-
  5. Eating a bigger breakfast and
  6. This is the generation of body
  7. burn
  8. the total calories per
  1. metabolism
  2. smaller dinner
  3. day was the same
  4. lose weight
  5. calories
  6. calorie breakfast
  7. fad
  8. heat

Paragraph 2

  1. 2.5 times
  2. regardless
  3. creates twice
  4. the same meal
  5. Eating more at breakfast
  6. high blood
  7. reduce body
  8. prevent metabolic
  1. as much DIT
  2. sugar
  3. diseases
  4. instead of dinner
  5. weight
  6. eaten for dinner
  7. higher rates
  8. of the number

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Eating a big breakfast could become a popular (1) ___________________ for people who want (2) ___________________. There was a study on how a big breakfast affected (3) ___________________. Sixteen men ate a low-calorie breakfast and high-calorie dinner. Eating a bigger breakfast and smaller dinner boosted diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT). This (4) ___________________ of body heat (5) ___________________. This happened even when the total calories per day (6) ___________________.

A big breakfast led to 2.5 (7) ___________________ of DIT. The study showed that a big breakfast, regardless of the (8) ___________________, creates twice as much DIT as the same meal (9) ___________________. The study said: "Eating more at breakfast (10) ___________________ could prevent obesity and (11) ___________________. We recommend that patients with obesity...eat a significant breakfast rather than a large dinner to reduce body (12) ___________________ metabolic diseases."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Eatingabigbreakfastcouldbecomeapopularnewdietfadforpeoplewho
wanttoloseweight.Therewasastudyonhowabigbreakfastaffectedthe
body'smetabolism.Sixteenmenatealow-caloriebreakfastandhigh-
caloriedinner.Eatingabiggerbreakfastandsmallerdinnerboosteddiet
-inducedthermogenesis(DIT).Thisisthegenerationofbodyheattobu
rncalories.Thishappenedevenwhenthetotalcaloriesperdaywasthesa
me.Abigbreakfastledto2.5timeshigherratesofDIT.Thestudyshowedt
hatabigbreakfast,regardlessofthenumberofcalories,createstwiceas
muchDITasthesamemealeatenfordinner.Thestudysaid:"Eatingmor
eatbreakfastinsteadofdinnercouldpreventobesityandhighbloodsuga
r.Werecommendthatpatientswithobesity...eatasignificantbreakfast
ratherthanalargedinnertoreducebodyweightandpreventmetabolicdi
seases."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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