BREAKFAST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY
Or is it...? 🤔
There’s so much controversy at the moment regarding the B word. For years and years we’ve pushed the phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” yet now, it’s getting a negative press.
For some people, they don’t even eat breakfast. I used to be one of them for a while! I often used to skip breakfast, eat a 300kcal lunch, drink around 6 coffees to curb my appetite then have my dinner in the evening. Yep I lost weight. Why? Because I was in a CALORIE DEFICIT. The magic words which equate to weight loss. .
Yes, adding breakfast on when you’ve never eaten it does equate to more calories = (possible) calorie surplus = weight gain. But does weight always equate to health? What about the other health benefits of eating breakfast (or, for the later risers, eating REGULARLY throughout the day)?
Breakfast helps replenish your energy stores lost during the night whilst your body keeps pumping and replenishing. It provides oh so important nutrients and energy for your mornings (brain power, walking, running... whatever you do!). And whilst breakfast alone doesn’t improve blood sugar control in diabetes, REGULAR eating patterns do! .
But it’s helping me loose weight? For one, just because you’re skipping breakfast, why don’t you look at the quality of your other meals? Are you missing out consuming any real food before 4pm just so you can binge on chicken nuggets and chips when you get home from work? Are you skipping breakfast for all the wrong reasons?
So all in all, if you’ve never eaten breakfast and you’re totally fine with it and it works for you then carry on with what makes you happy. But if you’re doing it for other reasons (weight loss/putting your body into starvation mode/because Facebook told you), then reevaluate - could breakfast be beneficial for me? .
No, breakfast isn’t the cure to world hunger or diabetes or any other problems in life. But EATING is important. Eating when you need to and eating because you’re hungry is so important. Don’t forget that! (FYI, granola with yogurt for breakfast (or a late night snack) is the absolute bomb) .
Thoughts? - 1 hour ago