Hello Fashionistas!

Get Inspired! Check out the latest trend and create your style. A number of designs take on a different appearance when viewed from the left or right, resulting in infinite ways to wear it. A range of bold blue shades and overpowering earthy tones are highlighted by bright accents of yellow and pink. What's hot at the moment? COLOUR BLOCKING!

It's wedding season!

Hello bride-to-be! Forever is not a word…rather a place where two lovers go when true love takes them there. CHECK OUT OUR WEDDING PLAYLIST.


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Celebrating the leaders of today

After setting the pace last year in her maiden edition as an award exclusively designed to spur on young, energetic and vibrant Nigerian entrepreneurs to continue the hard work by rewarding them, the momentum is still on, as this year’s edition of The Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2013, tagged a night of glamour and entertainment’ bags two new sponsors.


Olamild Ent. has partnered with IBAKA TV to bring you the hottest African movies. Beginning May 2013, you may watch and share free movies right here on Olamild Entertainment. We are delighted to partner with IBAKA TV as they have the largest top quality collection of African Movies.


Excess and obsolete inventory come as a result of many factors such as incorrect forecasting, long lead times, and poor product design or quality to name a few. “Inventory managers are acutely aware of the challenge presented by excess, obsolete and slow-moving inventory and, if left
uncontrolled how it adversely impacts the bottom line” (Inventory reproduction report, 2001, p. 9). By analyzing the depth of the issue, inventory managers are able to identify the root cause which is often as a result of uncertainty in both supply and demand. When an organization reduces its uncertainties, it diminishes its exposure to obsolescence. To prevent the growth in obsolete inventory, organizations must strategize through sales and operations planning (SO&P). Pay (2010) asserts the following:
SO&P strategies closely integrate the supply and demand planning processes that allow the business to provide the right products/services at the right time in the right quantity at the lowest possible cost. A tight connection between operations capabilities and sales demand planning enhances profitability, performance, customer satisfaction and return on investment, all while lessening exposure to potential obsolete inventory. (p. 69)
Obsolete inventory is one of the most costly inventory expense to an organization because it can result in chronic losses for the business. To prevent this problem within an organization, the organization must use effective forecasting techniques to determine and meet the demand of customers; establish functional quality assurance practices; utilize an efficient inventory management system that keeps track of stock surpluses, and streamline supply chain by reducing lead times. Simply put, “the best way to prevent losing value in your inventory, whether official or unofficial, is to closely manage the stock to avoid excess and obsolescence. This starts with controlling the introduction of new products which often partially or fully take the place of other items” (Kaczmarek, 2016, p. 52).
Best practices that reduce excess and obsolete inventory. (2001). Inventory Reduction Report, 2001(9), 1. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.snhu.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.snhu.edu/docview/201691022?accountid=3783
Kaczmarek, D. S. (2016). Calculate the real savings from inventory reduction. Healthcare Purchasing News, 40(4), 52.
Pay, R. (2010). Avoiding Obsolete Inventory. Industry Week/IW, 259(6), 69-70.


February is Black History Month in the United States. Today, Google kicked off the month long of celebration by honoring Mary Edmonia Lewis.

Mary Edmonia Lewis (c. July 4, 1844 – September 17, 1907) was an American sculptor who worked
for most of her career in Rome, Italy. She was the first woman of African-American and Native American heritage to achieve international fame and recognition as a sculptor in the fine arts world.

Her work is known for incorporating themes relating to black people and indigenous peoples of the Americas into Neoclassical-style sculpture. She began to gain prominence during the American Civil War; at the end of the 19th century, she remained the only black woman who had participated in and been recognized to any degree by the American artistic mainstream. In 2002, the scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Edmonia Lewis on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.

Born: July 4, 1844, East Greenbush, NY
Died: September 17, 1907, London, United Kingdom
Period: Neoclassicism Known for: Sculpture
Artwork: The Death of Cleopatra, Poor Cupid, More
Education: New-York Central College, McGrawville, Oberlin College


Nigerian author Buchi Emecheta, whose works included The Joys of Motherhood, Second-Class
Citizen and The Bride Price, died on January 25, 2016 in her home in London at the age of 72. Emecheta's books were on the national curricula of several African countries. She was known for championing women and girls in her writing, though famously rejected description as a feminist.
"I work toward the liberation of women but I'm not feminist. I'm just a woman," she said.
The topics she covered in her writing included child marriage, life as a single mother, abuse of women and racism in the UK and elsewhere.
"Black women all over the world should re-unite and re-examine the way history has portrayed us," she said. The president of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Denja Abdullahi, said: "We have lost a rare gem in this field. Her works would forever live to speak for her. "It is a sad loss to our circle. She was known for championing the female gender and we would forever miss her."

Lagos-born Emecheta had moved to the UK in 1960, working as a librarian and becoming a student at London University, where she read sociology. She later worked as a community worker in London for several years. She left her husband when he refused to read her first novel and burnt the manuscript, a World Service series on women writers reported.

The book, In the Ditch, was eventually published in 1972. That and Second-Class Citizen, which followed in 1974, were fictionalised portraits of a young Nigerian woman struggling to bring up children in London. Later, she wrote about civil conflict in Nigeria and the experience of motherhood in a changing Ibo society.



Words cannot describe the gifts and talents bestowed on today’s generation. In the last five years or so, many artists have emerged particularly from the motherland. Some have left a lasting impression by hitting notes we never deemed possible, while some have also given us goosebumps from the second we pressed play. Every so often, you stumble upon one who embodies everything I’ve described plus more. That is the case for Dr. Tumi – an amazing vocalist and true worshipper.

I stumbled upon his music while listening to Ntokozo Mbambo’s music this morning, and I became an instant fan. NOTHING WITHOUT YOU is a single off of Dr. Tumi’s Love & Grace album. I strongly recommend this album. It’s one guaranteed to bless every true worshipper.


Dr. Tumi writes songs that are in synch with the Lord’s move of the season. A former lead singer for award winning gospel group – Intense, Dr. Tumi composed all the songs for the group's album – Heart2Heart, save one. He also wrote all 16 tracks of his debut album - Heart of a King, which won Best RnB Gospel Award at the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards in 2012, where he was also nominated in four categories.

Dr. Tumi's inspiration for song writing is derived from fellowship, the word and experiences in his
day to day journey with the Lord. His songs transcend generations, cultures and times as they are riddled with the word, which is always in season. Dr. Tumi reveals that song is the primary language that connects him with the Giver of gifts, who has endowed him with unparalleled song writing abilities.

Dr. Tumi is fast becoming a sought after songwriter for contemporary gospel. He has written songs for a number of gospel artists in South Africa. Dr. Tumi, who is also a medical doctor, wants his word based prophetic songs to change lives by ministering healing, inspiration, hope, new meaning, revival and experience of God on another dimension. So anointed are Dr. Tumi’s song that he is often inundated with testimonies from those whose lives are touched and impacted by the richness of the substance found in his songs. Like many artists, Dr. Tumi, who is a producer, songwriter, instrumentalist and vocalist, kicked off his music career in Sunday school decades ago. Dr. Tumi just released his latest live offering called Love and Grace, a 15 track album packed with fresh new songs that he all wrote and produced. The album has reached gold status within two months of its release.

Visit Dr. Tumi’s website for more info. 


This is not the best song of the year. This is the best song period!

Holy Ghost Air is a taste of what heaven feels like. It's heaven on earth. It's an awakening of the holy ghost. It takes you straight into the holy of holies. All you want to do is drop whatever has consumed your heart and your time with God, just to reconnect and be close to the one who should have all of your being. It's like a voice crying out from a hill...beckoning every listener to run to the place of worship and connect with the HOLY GHOST.

It's one bound to stay in the heart of every true worshipper. I think the song credit should read Ty Bello ft. Nathaniel Bassey and the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost was definitely present when this piece was brought to life.

Click play to worship!


Be the Air I’m breathing
You are the life I’m living
Everlasting waters, river overflowing
Breath of life, fire of God
Living waters, overflow
Breath of life, fire of God
Living waters ,overflow
Holy Ghost , help me
Give me Grace , give me more
help me to be more like Him
I need help, I need you (2ce)
I need help
Oh Holy one 2x
Ositoto laiye ooh 2x (chant )
Holy Ghost, cleanse me
fill me, transform
Help me to be more like Him
I need help
Oh Holy one
Ositoto laiye oh 4x (chant)
Holy Ghost ,Holy Ghost
I need you, I need Grace
I need more
Orema Sito Amaiye (chant)
I cannot do it by myself
I cannot do it by myself
Ositoto laiye oh
Ositoto laiye oh
Ositoto laiye oh
Ositoto laiye oh
Holy Ghost (chant)

Spirit of God, I need you…
Come Holy Spirit
Bubble up inside of me
I don’t I don’t like what I see (2ce)
Help me help me help me (3ce)
I come by the Blood (2ce)
Holy Ghost (Chant)
I need you…
Holy Ghost (chant)
Edisana Spirit Abasi Ibom (Holy Spirit of God)
Help me now…
Holy Ghost (chant)
Be the Air I’m breathing(2ce)
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
I need You more, more than ever before…
Holy Ghost(chant)
Spirit of God, we need you
Holy Ghost(chant)
We need you(Several times)
Be the air I’m breathing,
You are the life I’m living
Everlasting waters
River overflowing
Breathe life, fire of God
Living waters, overflow
Holy Ghost(chant)



Song written by TYBello
Produced by MELA
Co-Produced by George Ade-Alao
Mix and Mastered by Samjazzy
Bass by Felix Uyime
Guitars by Segunfunmi Olasehinde
Background Vocals: Blessing Irorere, Soyemi Oluwafemi, Adejumoke Oshoboke and Mela.
Trumpet by Nathaniel Bassey
Cover photo and Art by TY Bello
Wardrobe courtesy @asaofficial And @Janetnwose


Kerry Washington is officially a mother of two!
The 39-year-old actress welcomed her second child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha, a baby boy, on Oct. 5. The couple has decided to name their son Caleb Kelechi Asomugha.         
Caleb joins big sister Isabelle, who Washington gave birth to in April 2014.
See the details on E! News


You've wielded your green thumb all growing season. Don't let the fruits and flowers of your labor
get gobbled up by uninvited visitors. With a deer fence or bitter-tasting beauties, you'll enjoy your garden all season long.

 Though deer and other stealthy animals tend to avoid areas of human activity, your fall garden may be too irresistible. Fortunately, autumn is the perfect time to plant a variety of spring-blooming bulbs that are not only beautiful, but also repel unwelcome moochers. (Just be sure to keep your pets away from these plants, which are just as toxic to them as they are to deer and other pests.)

Get to know these double-duty plants that can save your garden from hungry herbivores while increasing its splendor.

• Daffodils -- Beautiful and easy to grow, daffodils come in a variety of types and colors. They contain lycorine, a bitter and poisonous alkaloid that deer and other mammals avoid.
• Snowdrops -- These white flowers, which bloom early in spring, also contain lycorine and grow best in moist, well-drained soil.
• Alliums -- Also called flowering onions, alliums are in the chive and onion family. These round bulbs of light purple flowers bloom in late spring and early summer.
• Hyacinths -- Like daffodils and snowdrops, hyacinths are poisonous. They're also wonderfully fragrant and keep deer at bay.
• Snowflakes -- Another lycorine-containing flower, snowflakes have bell-shaped bulbs that bloom in mid to late spring.

These flowers will help discourage deer, rodents and other garden pests, but if you need a stronger deterrent, your best bet may be a deer fence. Deer are jumpers, so make sure your barrier is at least 8 to 12 feet tall. Fortunately, there are decorative options and plenty of online inspiration you can use to create a fence that works with your home's style and surrounding landscape.


Cape Breton is a small island at the eastern end of Nova Scotia. It features all four seasons, the population (as or 2001) is just under 150,000 and the community is true to its small town roots.

The Farmer's Daughter Country Market, a bakery and general store, is a staple of this hidden paradise and it is looking to expand. They have everything they need, except people. After hiring all the qualified locals in need of a job, the business put out a nearly too-good-to-be-true call for help on Facebook. Anyone willing to relocate (and meet the needs and qualifications of the store) will be offered a job and two acres of land to live on.

However, since the town is not qualified for the Foreign Worker Program, it can take only people who are legally authorized to work in Canada (just a few extra steps for any foreigner who really really wants the job).

For more information about the requirements, check out the Farmer's Daughter Country Market's Facebook page.



A meme suggests that car headrests are deliberately designed to break windows during emergencies, but an article by SNOPES suggests otherwise. The meme reads: "The headrest of car seats is deliberately kept detachable and sharp so that it could be used to break open the glass of car in case of fire and emergency. The car's glass too are kept easily breakable from inside. Very few people know about it and thus can't save themselves in case of emergencies."

While it is very useful to know that one can use a car headrest to break out of a car in the event of an emergency, the article suggests that this isn't the sole purpose of the car headrest. The article states that "the primary intended function of the modern car headrest was to prevent whiplash in case of accident: When Benjamin Katz filed a patent for an automobile headrest in 1921, he noted that the device could stabilize the head when it was subjected to the "jolts and irregular movements" inherent in driving an automobile. The car headrest has since gone through many changes, but these primarily focus on safety, comfort, and manufacturing, not emergency uses" (Evon, 2016).

There you have it! The car headrest is designed to help prevent whiplash in the case of an accident. But, it doesn't hurt to know that it can be used for multiple purposes.

SAFETY TIP: Carry an emergency hammer in your car at all times.  


20-year-old Simone Manuel became the first black female swimmer to win an Olympic medal for America when she tied for first place in the 100m freestyle Thursday night. Manuel upset world-record holder Cate Campbell and tied with Penny Oleksiak of Canada at the Rio Games on Thursday.

"I hope that I can be an inspiration to others so this medal is for the people who come behind me and get into the sport and hopefully find love and drive to get to this point," Manuel said.

Just 12 hours ago, Simone tweeted: "It is an honor to represent the USA! God is working in me! I am so blessed and grateful. Thank you all so much for your support."

Let's celebrate Simone Manuel!!!


The Rio Olympic track and field competition began with a world record, as Almaz Ayana (age 24) of Ethiopia shattered the world record in the women’s 10,000-meter race at Olympic Stadium with a time of 29 minutes, 17.45 seconds.

Ayana is asked about doping allegations after setting world record in 10,000 meters, responds: "My doping is Jesus."


Last year, we celebrated the International Women's Day by highlighting the profile of phenomenal women making a difference in their chosen path. Phobay Kutu-Akoi was one of the few featured in OE WOMEN WATCH and we were really rooting for her for Rio 2016.

It’s less than 48 hours to the opening ceremony of the XXXI Olympiad – the 2016 summer Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One athlete that will be conspicuously missing in Liberian colours is the African nation’s flag bearer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Phobay Kutu-Akoi. The 28-year-old sprinter not only missed her chance to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics in June this year, but laid helpless – neglected by her federation officials – in an immigration detention centre at the Johannesburg Airport when her colleagues were warming up for their events at the African Championships in Durban.

Here, Phobay narrated exclusively on AthleticsAfrica.com her ordeal in the hands of the Liberian Athletics Federation and her 48-hours of hell in her quest to serve her fatherland…

Check out the exclusive interview with Athletics Africa


I come bearing good news and I am excited to share this wonderful information on my new project with you all.

I am working on an idea that would help redirect our perception of what should be the norm in our world through one of the world's most powerful tool (MUSIC)

This Project is called
(WorldRadio by Spaceshipboi)
and it is scheduled for release on the fall of 2017.

The aim of this project is to bring to you the fans, different sounds and good vibes from different parts of the world and also showing the life and good energy of the different countries I am going to feature on this project.

The first single off this project is called #Padeya. I started recording in The United states and went off to Colombia to finish the piece with my good friends Fabian Sanchez and Daniel Demendoza of the @1beatmusic 2015 alumni as well as other local musicians in colombia.

PADEYA is a happy record schedule for release on the 24th of June 2016.
It will be available on itunes and other digital media stores.

The music on the WorldRadio by Spaceshipboi project is done with the intent to make you feel good and inspire you to look at the positives in our world and appreciate it. I believe our reality is based on what we FOCUS on. There are many beautiful places and people with lovely cultures that the media doesn't project to you. That's what the WorldRadio by Spaceshipboi project will.

The compilation to be released in 2017 would have me feature music produced by myself incorporating instruments and sounds from the countries I intend to showcase and these countries include

The United States of America
and X (might be your country)

Do support the vision anyway you can. Let's redirect the world's focus and spread the message of love, light and "oneness".


I love you all!

IBK Spaceshipboi

PADEYA Art design by : @mrphisha



Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74, a family spokesman has said.
The former world heavyweight boxing
champion, one of the world's best-known sportsmen, died at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona, after being admitted on Thursday.
He was suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson's disease.
The funeral will take place in Ali's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, his family said in a statement.


What promises a healthier body, a sunnier outlook, and the perfect opportunity to catch up? This is no infomercial. Running is one of the best butt-kicking, calorie-blasting workouts around. Still not
convinced? Here are 30 big time reasons to hit the ground running.

The Run-Down—Your Action Plan

1. Do it anywhere

Run, that is. Whether on the treadmill or in the park, it’s easy to rack up miles. Even better: Try lacing up the sneakers on that next vacation to explore a new place.

2. Make new friends

Tired of meeting duds at the bar? Check out local running groups or websites like meetup.com to hit the road with other health-minded folks. “Twenty questions” is just as good over a run (boozy brunches optional).

3. Save some cash

Forget fancy equipment or a pricey gym membership. When it comes to running, all you need to get started is the right footwear. (Don’t worry, running spandex is optional.)

4. Visit the doctor less

It’s not only apples that can keep the doctor away. Active people areless likely to develop colon cancer. And ladies, women who regularly engage in intense workouts like running can reduce their risk of breast cancer by up to 30 percent.

5. Eat more carbs

Who doesn’t love a pasta dinner? Now there’s an excuse to slurp up more spaghetti. During intense training like preparing for a race (sorry, channel surfing doesn’t count) increasing carb intake might help running performance and boost mood during harder runs.

6. Keep it interesting

Forget boring laps around a track. Interval training helps boost metabolism and rev cardiovascular fitness. Bonus: Research shows runners who do intervals have more fun while running (really!) and might be more likely to keep it up.

7. Live longer

Who doesn’t want to live forever? Not only do runners have fewer disabilities and remain active longer than their sedentary counterparts, they actually live longer. And even as weekly running times decrease with age, the healthy benefits keep on ticking.

8. Get primal

Turns out Bruce Springsteen was right after all: Baby, we were born to run. It’s what turned us from apes to humans and was used by our ancestors to outrun prey over long distances.

9. Slip into skinny jeans

Running is one of the best calorie burners out there. For a 160-lb person it can burn more than 850 calories an hour. Not like we’re counting or anything.

10. Bring sexy back

Not only can having a rockin’ runner’s bod boost confidence in bed, regular exercise will help flexibility between the sheets—and get you in the mood more often.

11. Boost memory

Exercise has been shown to help keep the mind sharp and could even reduce symptoms of dementia. Hitting the track might also protect the brain against Alzheimer’s, even among those with a family history of it   .

12. See the sunny side

Active folks see the glass as half full not only while they exercise, but for up to twice as long after hanging up their kicks than their less mobile counterparts. Talk about “Happy Feet!”

13. Get a natural glow

Believe it or not, working up a sweat can rid the face of gunk that clogs pores and leads to breakouts. A solid sweat session can also boost natural oils, keeping things fresh and healthy. (Just remember to remove makeup pre-workout and wash gently afterward to avoid breakouts.)

14. Improve self-esteem

Need one more excuse to go green? Runners who ran outside and snagged a good view of nature showed increased self-esteem post-workout than those who had only unpleasant scenes to gaze at.

15. Stay steady

Older runners can keep their balance better than non-runners, protecting their knees and tendons in the process. Take that, yoga! Be careful not to overdo it, though: Too much exercise can lead to stress injuries and bone loss.

16. Turn down the pressure

Running is a natural way to keep high blood pressure at bay—and fast. Amping up workouts can help lower blood pressure in just a few weeks.

17. Build stronger bones

Resistance training is awesome, but word on the street is that running might help produce even stronger bones than cranking out reps. As an impact exercise, running helps build the muscle that lower-impact workouts ignore, keeping bones healthier even as they age.

18. Get an energy boost

Feeling sluggish? Try going for a run instead. Just one running sesh can increase energy and chip away at fatigue.

19. Bring the furry friends

Dogs are man’s best friend for a reason—but they can also be man’s best workout partner, too. When it’s time to hit the trail, grab a leash to give your pet a new kind of treat.

20. Carve that core

A strong core improves posture, strengthens limbs, and helps make everyday activities a breeze. And whether we feel it or not, running engages that midsection, strengthening those all-important muscles. Bonus: A solid core in runners can improve performance, too.

21. Sleep better

Runners tend to adapt to set sleeping routines in order to keep running performance high. Even better: Running also encourages higher quality sleep, which translates into better Zzz’s all night long.

22. Do it year-round

Rack up those miles no matter what the weatherman says (dress appropriately, though!). Temperatures still not just right? Jazz up the ol’ treadmill run to get the same health benefits inside.

23. Jam out, speed up

Pop in headphones when running to increase speed and get a little musical boost. We won’t judge your playlist.

24. Check off those goals

Studies suggest that people who set and meet (or exceed) long-term fitness goals (like signing up for a half-marathon!) are more committed and satisfied with their exercise routines than those who trudge along aimlessly  . And who doesn’t feel good about crossing items off their bucket list?

25. Show your heart some loving

Running for just an hour a week can reduce the risk of heart disease by almost half compared to non-runners   . And for those already hitting the recommended physical activity guidelines, an extra spurt of exercise can lower the risks of heart disease even more. (Just be mindful not to overdo it and cause more damage than good.)

26. Run stress away

Ready to pull your hair out? Instead of tuning in to a reality TV marathon, try running a real one. Not only does running boost the brain’s serotonin levels, regular exercise might actually remodel the brain, making it calmer and more stress resistant.

27. Be one with nature

Want to feel the grass tickle your toes? Try minimalist sneakers or nothing at all! Just be sure to ease into this type of running to avoid injuries.

28. Increase stamina

Running regularly will improve stamina, making workouts more enjoyable and productive. And let’s not forget that lasting longer isn’t restricted to the track—it’s useful in… other areas as well.

29. Get there faster

Instead of a leisurely evening stroll, try a jog around the neighborhood instead. It’ll burn more calories in the same amount of time.

30. Sound like a pro

We’ve got the running lingo to get you in the know. Ready, set, go!

Source Greatist


For years I told people that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. I published the advice in three books, referenced the smartest minds in nutrition, and the tip was generally accepted as "the right thing to do" for your health.
Turns out "the right thing" really depends on whether you want to eat early in the morning. Two recent studies found that eating breakfast has no direct impact on weight loss. We're not talking observational studies—this was a direct comparison of an early meal versus no early meal. The results had a simple message:
"From a physiological perspective, there's nothing special about eating early in the mornings and triggering weight loss."
In one of the studies, which looked at more than 300 people, participants were split into two groups. One ate breakfast and the other did not. While there were some small differences, the bottom line was that there was no significant difference in weight loss between the breakfast eaters and the breakfast skippers. In fact, both groups lost weight, and this occurred without the researchers telling participants what to eat (or not eat) for breakfast. 
Believing that one meal is the foundation of success can be detrimental to your healthy-living goals.
If there's one thing that needs to be understood, it's this: breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. But neither is lunch, dinner, or snacks. This isn't meant to be puzzling or a letdown to those of you trying to crack the weight-loss code. Believing that one meal is the foundation of success can be detrimental to your healthy-living goals.

What We Know About Meal Timing

The problem with the breakfast-is-best hypothesis is that it steers people into the "there's only one way to eat" mentality. The truth is, it doesn't matter when you eat your meals: morning, night, or spread out through the day.
If there are behavioral reasons you want to eat breakfast, such as it energizes or improves focus, then those are good reasons to have an early meal. If it feels forced or makes you sluggish, then there's no pressure to force feed just for the sake of eating.
In fact, recent research also suggests it's your choice if you want to eat three meals, six meals, or anywhere in between, and that there is no meal frequency that's ideal for weight loss.
If that sounds wrong to you, read this study and this one as well. Research can be flawed, but our body's biological nature is not meant to be deceiving. Weight loss depends on how many calories you eat, the foods you eat, and the macronutrients you consume (that is, the ratio of proteins, carbs, and fats). Add in your exercise tendencies, and that will determine how you look and feel.
Some people believe that eating more frequently has a host of benefits, such as curbing appetite. This can be true, but the opposite can also occur. Eating more can make you feel hungrier and consume more calories.
There's also the belief that frequent meals improves your metabolism. But as long as total calories are equal (and macronutrients are balanced), your body will burn the same number of calories in the digestion process. That's just science.
Yes, there are other factors that can play a role in losing weight—most notably stress and hormones—but that's a separate conversation altogether. Before you can even worry about those individual issues, you must make sure that you've established baseline eating habits that are the foundation for a healthy life. Once you do that, you might experience the type of change you didn't think could happen to your body.

Why the 'Breakfast Is Best' Model Is Broken

The moment you insist that breakfast is essential, you create a mental block that overemphasizes the importance of the meal. Suddenly, if you miss breakfast, you believe your fat loss will be slowed, you're destined to eat more at the next meal, and your energy will be off. 
Changing your body is as much a psychological process as it is a physical one.
It's the real issue with diets: they create psychological barriers that make the journey seem harder, rather than suggesting flexible solutions that make the process more convenient. Changing your body is as much a psychological process as it is a physical one. You need to believe that you can become better. But you also need to believe in the program you're following and use an approach that can be maintained. Any time you want to make a change, you'll have to make sacrifices. But don't confuse working harder and removing certain habits with losing all control. That's a recipe for failure.
For years, we were told breakfast was the most important meal of the day. In fact, physicians are notorious for scolding patients who skip breakfast—particularly people who are embarking on a plan to lose weight.
There is some credence here, by the way: A study conducted by scientists in Massachusetts in 2008 showed that participants who ate a calorically dense breakfast lost more weight than those who didn’t. The theory was that the higher caloric intake early in the day led people to snack less often throughout the day and lowered caloric intake overall.
If that study is reliant on the position that weight loss comes down to calories in versus calories out, then the makeup of the food shouldn't matter. And this isn't the case.
What you choose for breakfast will have a big impact on what you eat the rest of the day. Case in point: Eating five eggs is not the same as eating a donut, even if the calories are matched. So it's true that if you choose to eat breakfast, the benefits of that first meal will depend on your food selection.
However, if we've learned anything from Mark Haub's Twinkie Diet, it's that you can eat garbage and lose weight; so clearly, something else is going on. The pro-breakfast folks declare that because insulin sensitivity is higher in the morning, eating a carbohydrate-rich meal early in the day is the greatest opportunity to take in a large amount of energy without the danger of weight gain.
There's only one tiny problem with that theory: Insulin sensitivity is not higher in particular hours of the morning. It's higher after a minimum of eight hours of fasting. It just so happens that you fast when you sleep, so the information is misleading. More specifically, insulin sensitivity is higher when your glycogen levels (the energy stores in your body) are depleted, like after your sleeping fast.
That's why some people experience benefits by pushing back their first meal. (Technically, your first meal is always breakfast because it's when you "break" your overnight fast.) Intermittent fasting takes that a step further and turns your body into a fat-burning, muscle-building machine. You see, if you skip breakfast and extend the fasting period beyond the typical eight to 10 hours, you increase insulin even more.
In the end, there is no science that supports the idea—from a direct comparison—that eating breakfast is better than not eating breakfast. This is not about food choice; it's simply a matter of food timing.
In reality, this is closely linked to the multiple meal hypothesis. French researchers found that there is "no evidence of improved weight loss" by eating more frequently. They even went a step further to show that in terms of the number of calories you burn per day, it does not matter if you graze or gorge—assuming that you're eating the number of calories you need to lose weight and the macronutrients (proteins, carbs, and fats) are equal. If you're told to eat 2,000 calories per day, it doesn't matter if it's separated into five 400-calorie meals or three larger calorie feasts. (However, the composition of those meals does matter.)
But that's not all. Canadian researchers decided to compare three meals per day to six meals per day, breaking the six into three main meals and three snacks (the routine that has been advocated by every diet book written in the last 20 years). The results? There was no significant difference in weight loss, but the people who ate three meals per day were more satisfied and felt less hunger.
What does it all mean? Some people might have a psychological dependence or belief that they need breakfast. It makes them feel better, it gives piece of mind, or maybe it very realistically helps control morning hunger.

What About Your Metabolism?

In another study conducted at the University of Bath, participants either ate or skipped breakfast for six weeks. This time, there was no change in metabolic (fat loss) or cardiovascular health. This was important because unlike the general weight-loss study, this research assessed the old concept of "breakfast ignites your metabolism first thing in the morning." And yet, when metabolisms were actually tested, there wasn't any evidence to prove the theory.
While there isn't anything wrong with eating breakfast, potential downsides do exist. The problem with a traditional breakfast is that it creates a big eating window. That is, the number of hours during the day that you are consuming food. This is typically about a 15-hour period (between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.).
In a recent ground-breaking study by the scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, a larger eating window was associated with more fat storage and a higher likelihood of health problems, such as diabetes and liver disease.
This study was done with mice, but the findings are too important to overlook. The mice were put on a high-fat diet that would typically cause obesity.
One group of mice ate whenever they wanted, and the other could only eat for eight hours, starting in the afternoon and finishing at night. The mice that ate whenever they wanted gained fat, developed high cholesterol, high blood glucose, and liver damage. The mice with the eight-hour feeding period starting in the afternoon weighed 28 percent less and had no health problems, even though they ate the same amount of fatty foods.
The scientists believe that by cutting down how long you have to eat, your body does a better job of metabolizing your fat, glucose, and cholesterol. What's more, because you're eating for a smaller window of time and starting later in the day, your body is burning more fat. Why? Because you pushed back breakfast, extended your overnight fast (which occurs while you sleep), and became a fat-burning machine.
What's more, by skipping breakfast (or just starting it later in the day), you also prime your body to feel hungrier less often. That's because the moment you start eating food, your body creates an expectation for calories. And for most people, that expectation means hunger pangs that are too hard to overcome, leaving you grabbing for snacks by 10 a.m. and eating more calories than you should by the end of the day.

To Breakfast or Not to Breakfast: The Choice Is Yours

Don't believe in dogma. Just as you have a unique body, you can have a unique diet. If you like breakfast, eat it. If you like snacking, make that your habit.
Don't let anyone convince you that your success will depend on any one meal. The process can be made easier. It can be enjoyable. And most of all, it will be effective if you take the right approach. Determine what's best for you, and you'll be on the path to change that works and lasts.


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