Is breakfast really so important?
I’ve never been one for eating breakfast, I struggle
to eat until I’ve been up and about for a few hours
and can easily go into afternoon without eating
anything at all
As a nutritional coach, I’ve always been told that
breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
It will make you slimmer, healthier and you will
eat less rubbish for the rest of the day
At times, I’ve tried to eat first thing but it made me
feel sick and I had to force the food down
Now, with the popularity of intermittent fasting
and ‘eat when you’re hungry’ mantras (I believe in
both) breakfast may not be the best meal for
Members of the monthly challenges group on FB
are trying out the 16:8 fasting this month and it
becomes clear pretty quick, if you eat early, you
will have to stop eating at lunchtime
With so many benefits hailed from IF, especially
the 16:8, breakfast doesn’t appear to be the most
important meal after all
In fact, the claims and evidence suggest the same
benefits of eating breakfast and with fasting
- weight loss
- body fat loss
- less risk of diabetes II, heart disease and cancer
- Memory gain
Confused? Me too…
What about eating when you are hungry?
I’m not hungry when I wake up, maybe you are?
If I leave it until I’m hungry, it usually kicks in at
about 12pm-2pm, so it’s safe to say I skip right on
Only eating when you’re hungry is a bigger subject
I’ll cover at a later time…
What do you eat for breakfast?
This is more important than if you eat it at all!
Most breakfast foods are so bad, you would be
better not eating anything
Toast, cereals, pastries, fry ups, pancakes are
traditional type breakfasts in the UK and my fav
when forcing myself to eat ‘a fruit buttered scone’
from Greggs or a sausage roll or roll and bacon or
roll and sausage Mmm
So, yeah breakfast isn’t always the best meal of the
day. However if you get up early and prepare eggs
with vegetables or something really healthy, a
smoothie perhaps then that’s different
So should you eat or skip breakfast?
Yes, if you wake hungry, don’t overeat throughout
the day and have something healthy
No, if you’re not hungry and would rather wait
until later and eat something nutritious
What about weight loss?
Eating too much in general or eating too many of
calorific foods and not doing exercise hampers your
If you start eating at 6:30am and finish eating at
midnight every day, chances are you will overeat.
Skipping breakfast and overeating for the rest of the
day won’t get you weight loss either
The total amount consumed in one day counts
If you eat breakfast and it’s healthy and you don’t
overeat and your weight is fine, continue doing so
If you skip breakfast and you’re naturally doing a 12
or 14 or 16 hour fast, you will still get the benefits
Either way you won’t lose out on benefits
If your eating is out of control and you need to lose
weight, click HERE
Do you eat breakfast? Share your story with me
p.s. Join the monthly challenges FB group, we do
a new challenge every month, sometimes exercise
and sometimes food