Breakfast is the worst meal of the day
This might come as a shock to most people, because there is this big misconception that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It ts not the most important meal, but far from it. If you want to live longer while looking younger, have less body fat and reduce the risk of cancer along many other diseases, breakfast is the worst meal of the day! You can watch my Youtube video on this subject here.
I’m a big fan of implementing easy steps to get huge results and that’s exactly what you will get using this approach. It’s called intermittent fasting.
Research on intermittent fasting started as early as the before the second world war, where they tested it on rats, but it has never really been popularized until very recently. Their research proved that rats increased their lifespan significantly and were less likely to develop cancer.
They also found that rats brought up on intermittent fasting grew perfectly and had less body fat than other rats. But why has these impressive discoveries never been endorsed to society earlier? One reason is simply because the media and big corporations doesn’t want you to know this. Intermittent fasting doesn’t cost a thing and corporations find it hard to make money from it. If the food industry endorsed intermittent fasting, it might as well run out of business!
Researchers began studying the effects of people during the Islamic holy month of ramadan, where muslims avoid eating from sunrise till sunset, and once the sun sets, they pretty much binge eat.
Initially scientist believed that this shift from eating throughout the day to restricting the window of eating to only a few hours a day would cause catastrophic health problems. Their prediction was that people would get fat and ill from literally gorging without portion control. However the results proved the exact opposite. They were losing fat, keeping muscle, reducing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes – without eating any special foods! Tell me another approach that brings this kind of drastic results and is so easy to implement. All you have to do is not eat breakfast.
You should know that intermittent fasting is NOT a diet, you’re not gonna restrict your calories. You will only need to restrict the time you eat throughout the day, typically to 8 hours. It’s really that simple. If you eat your last meal around 8 pm and skip breakfast the next morning to have your first meal around noon, you have successfully fasted for 16 hours leaving you with with an 8 hour eating window. Within this 8 hour eating window, you should aim for 2-3 meals.
But what about 6 small meals a day, you gotta keep metabolism high and avoid starvation mode? Fu*k 6 meals a day.
If you eat 2000 calories within 6 small meals compared to eating ONE huge meal of 2000 calories, you will still burn the same 2000 calories. If you keep eating 6 small meals a day, you’re chances of burning fat reduces because the body will get it’s energy from your glycogen storage and blood sugar, keeping fat reserves intact and unused. Glycogen and blood sugar will become depleted first after 6-8 hours without eating, and once you wake up and have breakfast you will restore that depletion. By eating every 2-3 hours you will never allow fat storage to be used as energy.
Starvation mode do exist, but it doesn’t come into play until 72-96 hours after completing the last meal. That’s 3-4 days, not 3-4 hours.
The reason for this all stems backs to our ancestors. They had to hunt and gather food in order to survive, and it would often take several days for them to do that. As humans, we are meant to alternate between fasting and feasting. Between going for long periods without food, and then eat huge amounts of food in a short time. It’s only very recently in our long history that humans have access to food all hours round the clock. And it’s also one of the reasons so many people are sick and obese.
Intermittent fasting also has incredible effects on releasing natural human growth hormone, and Dr Micheal vanDerschelden talks about this on his fantastic youtube channel.
Human growth hormone, also known as “the fitness hormone” is responsible for a number of health benefits such as fat loss, muscle growth, longevity, anti aging, healing, cell repair among others. We have known for a long time that when we sleep, that’s when we release most of our growth hormone. This is because insulin and human growth hormone are indirectly related, and when insulin is elevated you can not release human growth hormone. Insulin is only released after you’ve had a freshly consumed meal.
When you sleep you haven’t consumed a meal for some time, and the insulin drops making the body release human growth hormone. And what’s so special and unique with intermittent fasting is that you expand the time of fasting which allows significant amounts to be released. I’m not talking 50 or 60 % increase, which would also be fantastic. I’m talking 1,300 % for women and up to 2,000 % for men of pure natural release of human growth hormone.These numbers are unheard of! It’s absolutely ridiculous. And you might not agree with this, or think I make these numbers up. However there is scientific research to back it up.
Another huge benefit that comes with intermittent fasting is the effects it has on the brain. As I discussed earlier, when you’re in that fasted state with no glycogen, the body turns to fat for energy. As this happens, ketone bodies are released into the bloodstream which your brain prefers over other sources of energy. The release of ketones will increase your focus, concentration, ability to remember while simultaneously reducing the risk of alzheimer’s and parkinson’s disease. It also increases the BDNF, brain derived neurotrophic factor by 400 % which helps activate stem cells in the brain to make new brain cells, neurons and nerves.
Do you still feel like eating breakfast at this point? I hope I managed to convince you somewhat to at least check out the possibility to skip it. Try it for a few weeks and evaluate how you feel. It will be tough for the first week or two, but once the body gets used to it you won’t look back. If you enjoyed this video give it a thumbs up and make sure to subscribe to keep yourself primed.
Dr Michel vanDerschelden’s youtube channel:
as well as his book “The scientific approach to intermittent fasting”.
Intermittent fasting diet – A beginners manual from Michael Jessimy