Should I Skip Breakfast Or Not?
In yesterday’s post on Dr. Michael Klaper’s YouTube video The Easy Way to Switch to a Plant Based Diet, I focused on his lunch recommendations. He also devoted time to breakfast.
But, despite what we’ve been taught about breakfast being “the most important meal of the day,” Dr. Klaper calls it “optional” for anyone not trying to gain weight.
Because, he says, during our nightly sleep our bodies burn the fat they’ve stored for fuel. If we aren’t hungry on awakening, they’re still burning it. So, until you’re hungry, he suggests it’s perfectly fine to skip breakfast.
In Dr. Klaper’s words, “If you’re trying to lose weight, just drink water until noon.”
This sounds logical enough, but does the research back it up? Last week, I heard a podcast in which Dr. Michael Greger presented just the opposite view!
Based on reviewing the available research about the health benefits of skipping breakfast, the facts actually led him and his family to start eating a bigger one!
In a three-part video series on NutritionFacts.org, he takes a deeper look at the research:
He leaves little room for argument with this statement from the first video, Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal for Weight Loss? :
“We know the association is true, people who skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight. That’s beyond a shadow of a doubt.”
In the second video, Dr. Greger follows up with a look at the difference in the way our bodies process their morning and evening meals:
“The exact same number of calories at breakfast are significantly less fattening than the same number of calories eaten at supper.”
Put another way, “A diet with a bigger breakfast causes more weight loss than the same diet with a bigger dinner.”
In the third video, Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, Dinner Like a Pauper, he quotes a study that affirmed the findings of the first two:
“The bigger breakfast group dramatically increased percent weight loss.”
On hearing this information, the podcast host Rich Roll responds, “Yeah, you just rocked me with that! Because I do it, where I eat at night, and I don’t eat during the day.”
But Dr. Greger reaffirms, “If you skip any meal, it should be supper, not breakfast.”
He then suggests that eating most of their food early in the day might partly account for the Loma Linda, California Seventh Day Adventist Vegetarians’ exceptional longevity. Lunch is their largest meal — and they often skip supper.
Based on my review of what Dr. Greger and his research have to say, I don’t think I’ll be skipping breakfast!