Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day??

Ever since I was a kid I've always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

"Mathew eat your weetabix" "Mathew finish off your bowl" "Mathew stop going through your mums wardrobe" you get the point.

I'm sure you've been told the same.  But is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? and why is it deemed so bloody important?

Well I'm going to tell you it's not.  If you miss breakfast you'll survive and if fat loss is your goal, pushing your eating window back a few hours will probably do you some favours.

Just as your dinner or your lunch, there is not one meal that is more important than another.  Unless you're a professional athlete the timing of your meals really isn't that important.  What is important is your balance of calories across the day.

I'm always most hungry in the evenings that's when I get my biggest cravings.  I tend to push my eating window back a bit so that I have more calories to play with in the evening.

If I were to sit down and have a breakfast of 800/900 calories that's a lot of my intake for the day.  A black coffee in the morning helps to suppress my appetite for a couple of hours.

Eat when you feel hungry, don't feel like you need to wake up in the morning and eat simply for the sake of it.  Really, what is the point of eating to feel sluggish if you're not hungry?

Weight loss boils down to calories in versus calories out and if that is your main goal then you need to be aware of what you're consuming at each meal.

I'm not saying there is anything wrong with eating breakfast, of course you can eat breakfast and maintain a perfectly healthy weight.  But if you're eating breakfast for the benefits of "speeding up your metabolism" which is utter tripe may I add.  Or to "kickstart" your weight loss, you need to look into finer details about your calories for the day.

The biggest problem with a big breakfast is that you're giving yourself a larger eating window for the day.  And guess what? the larger the eating window, the more association we have with fat storage.

The more you eat the more your body is set up for an expectation of calories through out the day.  Let me reiterate I am not saying don't eat breakfast! I love breakfast, but if you're struggling to lose weight you have the option of fasting for a few hours in the morning.  

Set yourself a window, 11-7 for example, this way your eating window is smaller.  

The choice is up to you, everyone is different but don't feel that one meal and one meal alone will suddenly change your body composition dramatically! 

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Mathew Lewis-Carter