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Researchers have revealed what might be a highly popular new way to lose weight - eat a big breakfast. It could become the biggest diet fad ever those wishing to shed a few kilos. Scientists Germany conducted a study how a hearty breakfast affected the body's metabolism a laboratory experiment. Sixteen men ate a low-calorie breakfast and high-calorie dinner one day, and reversed this a high-calorie breakfast and low-calorie dinner the next. Eating a larger breakfast and a smaller dinner boosted a process called diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT). This is the generation heat in the body that burns calories. This happened even when the total calories consumed the day remained the same.

Eating a big breakfast led to 2.5 times higher rates DIT. Researcher Dr Juliane Richter spoke the findings of her investigation. She said: "Our results show a meal eaten for breakfast, regardless the amount of calories it contains, creates twice as high DIT as the same meal consumed dinner. This finding is significant all people as it underlines the value eating enough at breakfast." She added: "Eating more breakfast instead of dinner could prevent obesity and high blood sugar. We recommend that patients obesity as well as healthy people eat a significant breakfast rather than a large dinner to reduce body weight and prevent metabolic diseases."

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