Conventional Wisdom – BS about Breakfast
Oh Conventional Wisdom…I HATE YOU.
People believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day…my question is why is it so important?
The common answers are:
- If you skip breakfast you are more likely to become obese because you will overeat later.
- Breakfast kick starts your energy level after fasting all night which can help prevent you from overeating later in the day.
- Breakfast is also supposed to kick-start your metabolism and increase your metabolic rate, which will help prevent weight gain.
So what I’ve deduced from all of this is that breakfast is important because it is supposed to prevent obesity and help you control your weight.
But seriously, how is it supposed to do this? Consuming calories at a certain point in your day is really going to help you lose weight and fight obesity?
I DON’T THINK SO!
I mean just look at our breakfast eating society…seems like breakfast is really helping with our obesity problem!
Maybe breakfast isn’t really the key to preventing obesity. Maybe overeating is. Maybe weight gain has more to do with ingesting the wrong foods than it does with eating at certain times of the day!
I believe you should eat when you are hungry. If you want breakfast, eat it. BUT if you aren’t hungry in the morning, don’t eat. What benefit can eating when you aren’t hungry have?
If you only eat when you are hungry, you WON’T overeat later! For more information about how breakfast isn’t the most important meal of the day check out the two links below.
To Eat Breakfast, Or Not – Mark’s Daily Apple
Interview with Mark – Underground Wellness