News flash: fry-ups for breakfast make you more attractive to women
You will be more attractive to women
Your brain needs glucose to function properly and, as the levels of glucose being fed to your brain dip overnight, you wake up with your brain ‘metabolically starved’. As soon as you get out of bed, start moving around and get dressed, the situation is exacerbated. Scientists have shown that if you eat nothing when you wake up or eat food that isn’t nutritious enough, your memory recall, mental response times, problem solving and verbal fluency are impaired. Slurring ‘Good morning’ to the sexy waitress in the coffee shop won’t get you a date; but if you can get her giggling at your early-morning wit, you’ll be sure to get her number.
You can have a fry-up
Just make sure you add plenty of good stuff on the side: baked beans, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms. Have just one egg – poached – one rasher of bacon and one sausage, and ask for your toast to be unbuttered. These small changes to the traditional fry-up can save you 40g of fat and 309 calories.
You can have crunchy nut cornflakes
But don’t add more sugar. Most sweet cereals only chalk up the same amount as an apple, gram for gram – just check the packet to make sure there is no more than 13g of sugar per 100g. Make sure you choose those that are fortified with vitamins and minerals, add semi or skimmed milk, and you’ve got a delicious, nutritious low-fat start to the day.
You can prevent cancer with breakfast
Eating wholegrain cereals, such as Weetabix Oatibix Bitesize (£1.05 from Sainbsbury’s) will give you around 6g of your day’s fibre. This not only helps keep you regular, but this type of fibre has been proven to reduce the risk of getting colon cancer in later life.
You’ll lose weight by eating breakfast
According to a Scottish study, eating a low-fat breakfast helps you burn fat. Over a a 12-week period, in which 60 normal and slightly overweight people were divided into two groups, those who ate 60g of cereal a day with semi-skimmed milk lost an average of 1.5kg without any other dietary or lifestyle advice. These results seem to be explained by the fact that total fat consumption for the day fell as cereal intake rose.
Words by Siski Green
Photograph by Geir Olav Lyngfjell