WHY do we think breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
❓Is it really because the body NEEDS fuel as soon as we wake up?
📖Long ago, breakfast wasn’t considered an important meal and most people ate whatever was leftover from dinner before.
🥣“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” was invented in the 19th century by Seventh Day Adventists James Caleb Jackson and John Harvey Kellogg to sell their newly invented breakfast cereal.
🥓Then the bacon food industry added on that eating protein was just as important in the morning (I’m not mad at that!)
‼️In 18 years, Kellogg’s revenue has gone from $8.81 Billion to $14.22 Billion.
💰Cereal is big business.
❓So, do we really need breakfast?
I’ve seen hormone advocates recommend breakfast.
💡It really depends on the individual self.
📖In a 2014 long-term study, 309 obese adult participants were randomized to a no-breakfast group and breakfast group for 16 weeks.
📖The study found that “this had no discernable effect on weight loss in free-living adults who were attempting to lose weight.” (PMID: 24898236)
📚This study was done after smaller studies had found that skipping breakfast did not result in consuming more energy-dense meals later on in the day, and may have even reduced energy consumption.
❗️The quality of your breakfast is a lot more important than the act of eating breakfast (or not).
❗️If you feel good when you skip breakfast, and find you snack less during the day and feel energetic, skip breakfast. If breakfast helps you control your weight and appetite, then eat breakfast.
🤸🏻♂️Listen to (and trust) your body.
⛑Sometimes, it really is that simple.