Conventional Wisdom Vs Fitness Contrarian: Skip Breakfast
Conventional Wisdom (CV) will tell you the importance of breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day. If you skip breakfast, your metabolism will be slowed, you will have low energy, you won’t think clearly, you will be starving and wind up bingeing later. All these beliefs have been proven to not be true except for bingeing. You can always binge if you want to even if you’re not hungry.
There were so many mornings when I woke up and was not at all hungry but felt like I had to eat a big breakfast because CV told me to. Now I would not send a child to school on an empty stomach but if you are an adult and watching your weight like the rest of us, you can. Skipping breakfast or any meal, for that matter, is a smart way to reduce your calories for the day without any negative health repercussions.
If I had to choose between starting the day with two pieces of toast and a glass of orange juice or not eating until lunch, I would choose not eating. You would be way ahead by not eating all that unhealthy sugar found in your toast and orange juice.
We at Fitness Contrarian think it’s a good idea to skip breakfast if your goal is weight loss. Not eating until lunch is a great way to reduce the amount of calories you eat in a day without compromising your health. Not eating for 14 or 15 hours by skipping your first meal of the day is a method of intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting has been shown to have numerous health benefits such as: increased energy, clearer thinking, greater fat burning, better tissue repair and possibly longer life.
It’s perfectly ok to eat breakfast if you like to but don’t think that skipping breakfast is unhealthy. In fact eliminating any meal in your day is a healthy option for weight loss.
Don’t let Conventional Wisdom tell you the importance of breakfast. It’s not the most important meal of the day.
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Best – Mike Cola