We have always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should never be skipped. How true is that really? Do we really need to eat breakfast or can we skip that meal if we don’t have time or don’t feel like making it? Dr. Ronald Hoffman weighs in and tells readers what he tells his patients about eating a morning meal.
Our bodies work in a very specific way. If you eat a breakfast in the morning that is high in sugars and fats you will increase the amount of insulin that is being produced to keep up with the sugar that is in your bloodstream. When you do this you end up crashing later and becoming extremely hungry again a few hours later. If you eat a breakfast that is full of protein and fiber however you will feel full longer, you won’t have the sugar crash, and you can also help prevent yourself from snacking at night.
There was a new study that was done about adolescents and the breakfast that they ate. The study found that those who ate a sugary breakfast or skipped it all together had a higher risk of developing a metabolic syndrome later in life. Dr. Hoffman says that most of his patients will agree with these studies but some say that the second they start eating, they can’t seem to stop.
There have been some new theories lately that the longer you go without eating during the day, the better. For example, there can sometimes be 12-15 hours between meals if you eat supper around 6pm and then don’t have breakfast until 8am. During this time your body goes into a state of ketosis where the body will use the fat it has stored to keep it nourished. There are many people that are advocates of this intermittent fasting because they say it helps to keep blood sugar low as well as other medical benefits.
So whether you should eat breakfast or not is really up to you, but if you tend to skip breakfast you will be eating later in the day and having late night snacks which could cause weight gain.