Breakfast! To Eat or not to eat?
Updated: Jan 22, 2022
It is often said that a good, balanced breakfast is critical to starting your day. But what happens when you cannot eat breakfast? How does missing breakfast affect your life and health?
Rise and shine! There are those who live to eat breakfast and those who feel better eating later in the day. There is nothing wrong with either approach if you are getting enough quality calories from nutrient dense foods throughout the day.
It is called breakfast because that is how we break our overnight fast since we last ate. The hours of total fast differ depending on when you last ate and when you decide to break the fast. Think of intermittent fasting and the window of time chosen to fast versus eating. For example, some people do the 16:8 diet, in which you fast for 16 hours and then eat within an eight-hour window. It could be 14:10 or even 12:12.
There is no hard and fast rule that dictates when you eat after you wake up because everyone is different and there are multiple factors and circumstances that can affect the decision to eat or not to eat.
Scientific studies have shown strong evidence of health benefits from short term intermittent fasting including improved digestive, metabolic and heart health. So, if you have to miss breakfast for any reason, be easy on yourself. It is not the end of the world so do need to stress out.
A word of caution! There is a distinct difference between fasting and starving. Fasting allows you to eat adequate nutrient dense calories during the hours you choose to eat to improve or maintain good health. Starving does not provide proper nutrition and causes deficiencies and long-term harm to your overall health. Choosing when to eat is different from choosing not to eat.
Subsequently, skipping breakfast does not guarantee weight loss and good health if you over-eat later in the day and consume excess calories. Don’t forget to drink fluids even if you are not eating. Choose calorie free drinks if you are concerned about calorie intake.
Always think health first! Listen to your body and eat how and when works best for your health goals!