Jess and Xandra say: Neither of us have eaten breakfast now for over six years (except Jess, when she was pregnant). Many of our patients are also doing the same, as intermittent fasting has become more popular. Once you get used to skipping breakfast, it becomes normal and you feel the benefit to both your mood and your concentration. Giving your digestive system a break helps to heal your gut and improves your energy levels. Both of us are often busy until lunch, so it isn’t unusual if we extend our fasting window a couple of extra hours. 

Paired with a balanced and healthy diet, intermittent fasting can be a great way to maintain or lose weight. Once you decide to break your fast, it’s important to consider what you eat, choosing a meal that is high in healthy fats and protein. If you can’t break your fast with a meal, carry nuts, meat, cheese, eggs or other high fat or high protein foods that will help you feel full until you are able to eat.

contrary to popular belief, breakfast is not the most important meal of the day!

Nor does it boost your metabolism or kick-start your day. This myth (and it is a myth) was created by cereal companies in the 1900’s1, as part of a campaign to encourage cereal consumption amongst workers. There is no evidence to suggest that eating breakfast helps you to eat better throughout the rest of the day, to lose weight, or to have better concentration or mental function, or that it improves blood sugar levels. It was simply a marketing ploy. 

Unless you are pregnant, under 16, underweight or have a medical condition that requires you to eat regularly (consult your doctor if you are not sure), then regular fasting periods could benefit you….

references:

  1. How lobbyists made breakfast ‘the most important meal of the day’