Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? The answer depends on your definition.
Anytime someone asks for my opinion on the importance of eating breakfast, I always want to know their definition of breakfast.
Definition of breakfast
Breakfast comes from two words, break and fast, which can be defined as “break your fast” or “stop fasting.”
Every morning you wake up in a fasted state. How many hours you’ve fasted depend on when you had your last meal the previous day, and how many hours of sleep you had. You break your fast with the first meal you have after those long hours of fasting.
Breakfast, therefore, is not the meal you eat in the morning. It’s your first meal of the day – and when you have the first meal or break your fast is a matter of your personal preference!
You’re not skipping breakfast if you choose to break your fast at 12:00 pm; you’re just extending your fasting period.
The case for Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is a method of eating that cycles between periods of fasting and feeding. Some people confuse intermittent fasting with traditional skipping breakfast. No, the two are not the same.
Maybe you’re thinking, “If it’s okay to extend the fasting period, why then do some weight loss experts advise people to eat early breakfast?” Good question!
One major reason some weight loss experts recommend that those who want to lose weight should eat traditional breakfast is that many people tend to overeat later in the day when they skip breakfast. While traditional breakfast skippers tend to eat more later in the day because of overcompensation, those who follow Intermittent Fasting (IF) time their nutrient intake and stay within their daily calorie need.
Intermittent fasting or traditional feeding
I’m a big fan of intermittent fasting. I do it 2-3 days a week.
But everybody’s body is different and different people respond to the same program different ways. What works for one person may not work for another. Therefore, you must find what works for you and be consistent with it.
Some people do well on traditional feeding, and some do well on intermittent fasting. Both methods of eating have been researched and found to be effective for weight loss.
When to try something new
If how you’re eating right now is not giving you the results you want, you may want to make a few changes and try a new thing.
You’ll see the most result where you make the most change.
If traditional breakfast isn’t working for you, try intermittent fasting. If you are a breakfast skipper, try eating regular breakfast or switch to the proper intermittent fasting protocol.