In this article I am going to explain why skipping breakfast to lose weight might be a good idea.
I’ve probably heard hundreds of times that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, even by people that are apparent “experts”, such as personal trainers, nutritionists, and others.
However, just because a lot of people claim it to be true, and that most people do it, doesn’t make it right.
I’m a big fan of challenging conventional wisdom, especially when it comes to health and nutrition. The current methods sure as hell aren’t working that well, given the ever growing population of overweight and diabetic people.
One of those things, that I believe are absolutely wrong, is the idea that breakfast is some kind of necessity.
I’m sure Kellogg’s and General Mills would like you to think so, as well as supplement manufacturers who claim that 6 meals per day provide optimal health.
Skipping Breakfast to Lose Weight – A Bad Idea?
It is common knowledge that those who eat breakfast every day are less likely to be overweight. There are a bunch of studies that demonstrate this.
However, this is merely an association and has never been confirmed in controlled trials.
The reason for this is probably that health conscious people are less likely to be overweight, and health conscious people are more likely to eat breakfast.
Let’s look at some of the reasons health experts claim that eating breakfast helps you lose weight.
If you don’t eat breakfast, you will eat unhealthy later in the day.
This is a common observation, the stereotypical “breakfast skipper” is not health conscious at all and is likely to grab whatever they can find when they become ravenously hungry at lunch.
However, if someone skips breakfast, and then actually eats healthy for the rest of the day, this argument doesn’t hold anymore.
Breakfast jump starts your metabolism.
Some people claim that eating breakfast jump starts metabolism for the day. This is absolute nonsense.
It is true that food we eat temporarily raises our metabolism, known as the thermic effect of food. But it is the total amount we eat that causes this thermic effect, no matter if we eat it in the morning or later in the day.
Eating often is necessary to lose weight.
This is one of the biggest lies of the health and supplement industry. When weight gain is obviously caused by eating too much, how can it possibly make sense that eating more often would lead to weight loss?
And let’s not forget that eating frequently is highly associated with increased risk of colon cancer.
Skipping breakfast will lower your blood sugar.
Some experts seem to think that your body and brain will suffer from dangerously low blood sugar if you don’t eat breakfast.
These people seem to have forgotten about a biochemical process known as gluconeogenesis, which will always provide the body and brain with the glucose it needs.
A lower blood sugar is actually a good thing and delays ageing, among other things.
The important thing is to not let blood sugar go “too” low, which is something that shouldn’t happen in healthy people. In fact, the human body is perfectly capable of maintaining blood sugar levels during prolonged starvation, let alone a short fast or skipping a meal or two.
When you closely examine the arguments why some people claim that skipping breakfast is a bad thing, it turns out that they don’t really have any scientific basis.
It is just another example of conventional wisdom nonsense, never proven but made true by people repeating it over and over again.
If you think about it from an evolutionary perspective, eating breakfast or eating multiple meals per day just doesn’t make sense. Although I’m not an anthropologist, I highly doubt that paleolithic man ate breakfast.