For at least the past 50 years, we have all been encouraged to eat a big breakfast. We have been told that eating breakfast gives us energy and stokes our metabolism for weight loss and fat burning. There is an entire industry built around breakfast and breakfast foods.

However, recent and upcoming research is showing that breakfast may not be so important, and that eating early and often may actually hinder weight loss efforts. It turns out that, for many of us, intermittent fasting (skipping breakfast) is a better way to go for weight loss and long term health.

Origins of Breakfast

Breakfast literally means "breaking the fast."Typically, if we eat dinner around 7pm and do not eat again until 7am, we have fasted for 12 hours and need some replenishment.

That replenishment is breakfast.But how many Americans only eat dinner at night? Many people (myself included) tend to either eat dinner later, or snack a lot after dinner. If you have a last snack at 9pm or 10pm, now you have cut down your fasting window by a few hours.

Intermittent Fasting & Breakfast

Intermittent Fasting focuses on this downtime between meals, when lots of important stuff, including fat burning, happens in our bodies when they are not focused on digesting food. In fact, we burn fat better in a fasted state, since that is when we have already used up our glucose and glycogen stores and must turn to stored fat for energy.

Intermittent fasting teaches your body how to use the food you eat more efficiently, since there isn't a steady stream of ready nutrients always coming.

You will also sleep better, and heal better, since your body won't be so focused on digesting food as you try to sleep. And with better insulin regulation and increased levels of human growth hormone, your workouts will be more effective.

Skipping Breakfast is OK

There are several methods of intermittent fasting, but most encourage skipping an early breakfast, and eating the first meal of the day around noon.

This way, if you tend to eat later at night, you can at least get a good 12 hours of fasting. If you are more disciplined, and eat your last meal of the day around 8pm, you can have a solid 16 hours of fasting every day, with an 8 hour eating window.

To start, assuming you are healthy with no blood sugar or metabolic diseases at minimum, try skipping breakfast a few times per week and see how it feels.

Pay attention to eating high quality foods when you do eat, and see how your energy levels are throughout the day. If you feel great, continue!

Love breakfast foods? You can still eat them at other times of the day, including breakfast for dinner.

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