Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:
BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us to explain the bottom line on breakfast! For years, decades really, we've been inundated with observational studies telling us to eat breakfast, not eat breakfast, that eating breakfast doesn't matter. We've been told it matters or doesn't for our weight, our blood sugar, and our energy. Why the conflicting results? Observational studies are basically circumstantial evidence. They can't show cause and effect. Some researchers have even, jokingly, called for a ban on observational studies on breakfast because "enough already!". It's time for some randomized controlled trials. Yes, the kind of studies that can show true cause and effect, to tell us, for once and for all, whether or not we should or shouldn't eat breakfast. Last week, we got one. The Bath Breakfast Project in South West England randomly assigned obese participants to one of two groups: to eat 700 or more calories before 11 a.m. or to eat nothing up to noon. Participants did this for six weeks. Researchers measured many things including body fat, exercise levels and how many calories burned. Here's what they found:
• Eating breakfast resulted in greater calorie burning from exercise during the morning hours - breakfast eaters burned 188 more calories from exercise than did non-breakfast eaters.
• There were no differences in total calories eaten between the breakfast eaters and the breakfast skippers – so the breakfast skippers were making up for those lost calories later in the day.
• There were no differences in body weight
• Appetite hormones were also the same between the two groups.
In other words, whether people ate breakfast or not simply didn't matter. Now, there are some limitations to this study:
• It was a very small study – only 23 people
• And it was only a 6 week study
So, the results could be different over time. And there are some people who should eat breakfast because of medications that they take – such as insulin or medicines that need to be taken on a full stomach. But if you're not a breakfast eater and you're trying to lose weight, eating breakfast may not help. And if you're like Beth – no way she can not eat something or she feels horrible – well, that's okay too. Bottom line – some of us need breakfast, others don't.
MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch joins us with financial advice including encouraging you to shop around for the best return on CDs and you don't have to worry about paying taxes on monetary gifts you give at or below $14,000. He also reminded us to save the date for the Alabama Money Expo! Would you be interested in receiving free one-on-one financial advice from a financial pro? How about expert advice on investing, retirement strategies, estate and will planning, college planning and much more? If your answer is, "Absolutely!", then plan on attending the Alabama Money Expo on Saturday, March 5th at Carver High School. This is a free event put on by the Financial Education Outreach - a qualified charitable organization. You'll also get to see a live magic show by nationally acclaimed magician and star of America's Got Talent, Hart Keene. If you're a teen, parent or senior citizen, there is something for you! For more information visit www.ALMoneyExpo.com.
ASK THE ANGLER - Reed Montgomery answers viewer questions about fishing. You can contact him with your questions at 205-663-1504 or on his website www.fishingalabama.com - there you can find lake reports, fishing tips, upcoming events, and more.
BEFORE I FORGET - Supermodel, restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven, B. Smith is struggling with a tag she never expected to add to that string: early onset Alzheimer's patient. Working with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, B. and her husband, Dan Gasby, unstintingly share B.'s unfolding story. Crafted in short chapters that interweave their narrative with Lessons Learned, their practical and helpful advice, readers travel with them as they learn to deal with Alzheimer's day-to-day challenges, the family tensions, and ways of coping. At its heart, though, Before I Forget is a love story: illuminating a love of family, life, and hope. Though filled with scary moments and dark days, it is ultimately an uplifting account, coming out at a time of exciting medical progress that may not help B. in time, but will ultimately help us all combat this dreaded deadly disease. For more information, visit http://www.bsmith.com/before-i-forget/.