There's a lot of conversation (and confusion) about the first meal of the day... breakfast.
For a long time you were told never to skip it.
Now you're told to cut it out completely.
Some argue you need it to rev your metabolism for the day.
Others would say a longer fast means more fat is burned.
What's the truth??
Well if you know me, you probably know my answer is going to be somewhere in the middle and I'm going to say it differs from person to person (I know, I know, I can hear the groan of exasperation, you just want answers).
Which is why instead of telling you what to do, I'm going to share the science (and a dash of common sense) so you can make an informed decision for yourself!
The Pro-Breakfast Argument
The Pro-Skip-It Argument
Intermittent Fasting (IF) may help regulate blood sugar, control blood lipids, reduce the risk of coronary disease, manage body weight, remove the risk of cancer, improve cellular repair, reduce inflammation, and increase longevity. -Precision Nutrition & Healthline
Although most of these benefits have been found in studies of men, and can be achieved with a fasting window that has you finishing dinner earlier instead of skipping breakfast.
When you skip breakfast, you're often skipping a meal loaded with sugar, dairy, and processed carbs if you're eating the standard American diet (think cereal with milk, bagels with cream cheese, muffins, or donuts).
Eating breakfast does not boost your metabolism as was once claimed. Your metabolism is affected by overall calories consumed, not timing of consumption. -Healthline
The Bottom Line:
In other words:
Eat when you're hungry.
Stop when you're full.
Eat balanced, whole-food-based meals.
Don't sweat the small stuff.
And stop trying to find the 'right way' of doing things. There is no right way for everyone. Instead, experiment to find what's right for you.
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