Have you ever thought that breakfast is actually the most important meal of the day? If you answered yes, then bear it in mind that it may be keeping you fat.
Sure, we’ve all heard that skipping the morning meal can throw off your body’s rhythm of fasting and eating. When you first wake up, the blood sugar your body needs to make your muscles and brain work their best is normally low. Breakfast as we all know it to be helps to replenish it.
If your body doesn’t get that fuel it needs from food, you may feel zapped of energy — and you’ll be more likely to overeat later in the day.
Some people actually prefer — not eating anything during the day. Or at least not during the morning hours. You see from my point that, these people inherently hate eating breakfast. They start their day on the run.
They don’t really have the time in the morning to prepare and clean up from a healthy breakfast. And the thought of eating caveman-style foods at 6 am is completely unappealing.
The only way those busy people can eat breakfast is if it’s a sugar-packed refined pastry, cereal, or other refined garbage.
This set of people have always hated the idea of eating breakfast, but they have always force-fed themselves to the point of nausea because that’s what the fitness magazines said they had to do. Though, eating that kind of breakfast just makes them hungrier an hour later.
If they had it their way, the breakfast haters would only skip breakfast, or just take a cup of coffee or tea preferable.
In fact, this is what they and a lot of people instinctively do. And for the fact you make great food choices for the meals you normally eat, you’ll be well on your way to fast, effective, easy fat loss.
As you’ll see right below that, this breakfast-skipping idea structure works very well for both weight loss and muscle maintenance.
That’s because, on the go, we normally have more time for — and control over — our lunch and dinner choices than breakfast.
But there’s one other really great reason for skipping breakfast as I like to call it. And that’s because—
Skipping Breakfast Prolongs Your Body’s Ability to Burn Fat…
Your body will naturally wake up in a fat-burning, energy-producing mode. However, when you eat food— and particularly sugar and refined carbohydrate for that matter, it gives your body an immediate fuel source that shuts down those fat burning hours.
Once you involve yourself around eating starchy carbohydrates at breakfast, it can spike your blood sugar, spike your insulin levels, and blunt your fatty acid mobilization for 6 hours or more. In this case, a sugary breakfast means no fat loss for you.
But when you do something as simple as skipping breakfast, you prolong the amount of time your body is burning stored energy reserves as its primary fuel source, and you optimize your ability to burn body fat.
Fasting also increases your growth hormone levels (a hormone that helps repair you and your muscles) and the cellular factor cAMP (a type of messenger in your body), both of which increase the body’s fat-burning mechanisms.
An additional benefit is that fasting increases BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which improves memory and cognitive functioning by helping support the central nervous system and facilitating the growth of new neurons and synapses — so you get leaner and smarter! But don’t get hung up on the term “fasting”.
We’re not talking deprivation or misery here. We’re just talking about not eating anything until lunchtime to be precise.
“If skipping breakfast is the best option, then skipping more meals must be better, right?
Well, not exactly.
There does come a point of diminishing returns. And I suggest keeping the fasting length to 14-22 hours at most if you really want to test your limits.
This has to do with metabolic processes that happen when your liver glycogen stores become low. As you can see, glucose is the primary fuel for your brain and central nervous system.
From a functional and cognitive standpoint, depleted liver glycogen leads to poor athletic performance, fatigue, and poor cognitive performance otherwise known as “brain fog.”
And none of us have time for that. We live in the real world, and we have real jobs and responsibilities. It’s harmful from a cosmetic standpoint, too. Chronically low liver glycogen leads to muscle loss.
This is due to the fact that your body starts breaking down amino acids and converting them to glucose at a higher rate in order to make up for the lack of glucose availability and to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Once those amino acids are coming from protein you eat, that’s OK. If that amino acids are coming from your own muscle tissue, this will result in muscle loss.
Now, let’s knock a couple of the biggest myths down so you can get your physique goals back on track…
Myth #1: Skipping breakfast can as well lead to muscle loss, poor cognitive performance, metabolic decline, and so on. This myth is only true if your fasting period is far too long.
None of these things will even happen with short-term fasts, as long as you keep the fasting period to within limits.
That’s why I believe that simply skipping breakfast and eating a light, lunch is superior to alternate-day fasting routine.
Myth #2: Breakfast as we all know, is the most important meal of the day.
You’ll notice a very poor cognitive performance and heightened muscle catabolism when your liver glycogen is low.
In this case, you’ll have brain fog and lose muscle mass when liver glycogen drops too low.
However, when you eat the majority of your calories and carbohydrates at night, this process doesn’t happen until closer to lunch or dinner the next day. It does NOT happen by breakfast time.
So you don’t need breakfast to boost your metabolism, to have the energy for your morning tasks, or to perform well cognitively.
Your body can as well use the liver glycogen that was stored the night before to fuel your brain.
Eating your largest meal in the evening doesn’t just restore your energy reserves from the current day’s activities. It’s also preparing your body for the next day too.
Are you ready to give this a try? Voila! Here’s what I want you to do.
1. Skip breakfast. Take black coffee or tea with no additives is good, and they can even be beneficial for weight loss.
2. Eat a lighter meal like, Paleo-style lunch — Here, we’re talking a serving of relatively lean protein with vegetables or salad.
If you work out 3 times a week or here about, you can add 1-2 pieces of whole fruit to this. But if you’re inactive, you’re better to take 1-2 servings of whole food fats instead.
3. Eat your biggest meal at dinner.
This method can work perfectly for you if you can give it a try. All you have to do is to just eat your biggest meal at night or dinner time and wash your body transformation going from morbid obesity to that normal shape you ever wanted, healthy body weight.