Everyone is taught to eat breakfast, in fact when people tell me they don’t eat breakfast they immediately say ‘I know it’s bad!’
But is it?
Breakfast isn’t necessary and I tell most of my clients to eat their first meal actually later in the day.
Why is that? Growth hormones (which are the anti ageing ones) are at their highest when you wake up so you don’t want to be shutting them off. Something you will be doing with a bowl of cheerios or a high carb breakfast.
Most people actually lose a few pounds by eating slightly later but if you need breakfast to give you that ‘get up and go’ factor then there’s feel free to carry on.
A high protein and fats breakfast with no carbs would be a good alternative for those that need breakfast.
Here, Berardi suggests 5 reasons to skip breakfast:
1. It’s not required to boost metabolism. The idea that metabolism slows radically in response to not eating certain meals in a single day just isn’t accurate. The amount of calories you’re taking in and the composition of those calories — proteins, carbs, and fats — are really what impact metabolism.
2. It may lead to eating less overall. If you skip breakfast, you can eat fewer, larger meals beginning later in the day, rather than 6 smaller meals throughout the day, which may be less satisfying. This can lower your total caloric intake for the day and may lead to weight loss.
3. There’s a payoff even if you’re an occasional skipper. Intermittent fasting reduces insulin levels, so you can actually increase your insulin sensitivity for better blood sugar management. At the same time, your body will release more growth hormone, which helps to preserve lean tissue and burn fat tissue.
4. It can help lower your total carb intake for the day. Most of us are over-carbed. We eat too many refined carbs, too little protein, and too much fat. So by skipping breakfast it can steer you away from the typical high-carb breakfast foods — toast, oatmeal, cereal, pancakes — that may trigger an insulin response that kicks you out of fat-burning mode.
5. It can help you tune in to your body. You just might feel better sipping water with lemon or a green juice rather than forcing food in the morning. Some people feel nauseous and not ready to eat right when they get up and in that case you’re better off listening to your body’s cues. Ideally, you want to figure out what works best for you.