Like a lot people, for most of my life I’ve been under the illusion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and until recently I always made sure I started my day with breakfast. Whether it’s granola and yogurt or a couple of slices of toast, I made it a priority to eat something before I set out for the day. But I recently discovered that it’s actually completely OK to skip breakfast.
It’s OK to skip breakfast
You have probably heard about intermittent fasting. There are a few different kinds of intermittent fasting diets out there but I’m talking specifically about what’s known as the ’16:8′.
Like most forms of intermittent fasting, the 16:8 is essentially a diet designed to help people lose (or maintain) weight. However unlike other diets, instead of restricting food types you instead restrict the time you are allowed to eat. With the 16:8 diet, you aren’t allowed to eat at all for 16 hours (not even milk in your tea) and the other 8 hours are your ‘eating window’.
It was by complete chance that I came across a YouTuber explaining on one of her videos how she lost nearly a stone on the 16:8 diet, even thought she hadn’t actually cut down on calories. If I remember correctly, her ‘eating window’ was between 2pm and 10pm and for the rest of time she fasted.
It left me thinking about the importance of breakfast, and how this diet could possibly work that well for anyone if they weren’t starting their day with a healthy meal to get their metabolism fired up.
Why it’s OK
I was intrigued and I decided to do a bit of research. The results were fascinating. It turns out that by going without food for 16+ hours a day – i.e. having your last meal at 7pm the day before and not eating again until lunch time the following day – you actually put your body into ‘fat-burning mode’ and temporarily increase your metabolic rate.
In conclusion, it’s OK to skip breakfast after all! I found this super interesting considering its the polar opposite of what we’re all lead to believe about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. When you think about it, the word breakfast literally means ‘to break the fast’.
I have to admit that regardless of health benefits or weight loss benefits, I love eating breakfast. However it is useful to know that on those days where I don’t have time to grab breakfast or I’m just not hungry, it’s ok go without!