Is breakfast the most healthy meal of the day …?
This is a hotly contested question in the nutrition world; with 30% of you currently choosing to skip breakfast…
I myself have sat on both sides of the fence with this one. There is no right or wrong answer despite so many articles over the years stating that skipping breakfast leads to weight gain, decreased metabolism and energy levels. It really does vary from person to person, your current daily routine, do you train early in the morning ?
When my schedule was different, i use to always skip breakfast grab a coffee for my caffeine fix , and head to the gym. I would always train on an empty stomach. Fast forward a few years and now breakfast has become my favourite meal of the day. I now train at different times of the day and factor my meals/ calorie expenditure around this, i now find that breakfast gives me the much needed energy boost to fuel my training and my body reacts better to eating within an hour or waking up, my current go to breakfast is porridge or overnight oats if i am in a rush i will grab a shake.
Eating Breakfast Does Not Boost Your Metabolism
Some people claim that eating breakfast "kick-starts" the metabolism, but this is a myth.These people are referring to the thermic effect of food, which is the increase in calories burned that occurs after you eat.However, what matters for metabolism is the total amount of food consumed throughout the day. It makes no difference at which times, or how often, you eat.Studies show that there is no difference in calories burned over 24 hours between people who eat or skip breakfast.
Breakfast Is Optional
The evidence is clear, there is nothing "special" about breakfast.It does not matter whether you eat or skip breakfast.Breakfast does not "jump start" your metabolism and skipping it does not automatically make you overeat and gain weight.
If this is purely about weight loss or weight gain it’s simple calories in vs calories out. “Surplus/Deficit” whether that means eating 5 small meals a day or two large ones, your macros and calories can be divided over these meals. Everyone is different, we have different lifestyles, working days and sleeping patterns, find what works for you. breakfast is optional, and it all boils down to personal preference.If you feel hungry in the morning and you like breakfast, go ahead and eat a healthy breakfast. A protein-rich breakfast is best.However, if you don't feel hungry in the morning and don't feel that you need breakfast, then don't eat it. It's as simple as that.