Which Matters More: What You Eat or When You Eat?

Copyright © 2016 MedX Precision Fitness

Copyright © 2016 MedX Precision Fitness

Conventional wisdom says never skip breakfast because it is the most important meal of the day. While true, the idea of skipping breakfast is actually impossible.

Why? Separate the words found in breakfast, break and fast. A break is taking the time to relieve yourself of effort while fasting is a deliberate period of not eating.

This means your first meal is always breakfast, irrespective of the time. And when you think about it, “never skip breakfast” – never happens.

You can only delay breakfast and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The delay of eating, also known as fasting, can be a very healthy practice. In fact, everyone fasts when they go to sleep. It’s more a question of how long.

But how long is too long? How long until it becomes a detriment to your health, shown by a decrease or slowing down of your metabolism. The answer is longer than expected.

It can take up to 72 hours for the all-to-feared slowing down to occur. Your resting metabolic rate and rate of energy expenditure will not drop because of an extended fasting period.

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day but what is most important is what you put into your body. Don’t fall victim to a typical, carbohydrate dense breakfast just for the sake of eating in the morning.


- Blair Wilson