Everyone says you should eat breakfast.

I tell my kids to always eat breakfast because their brains need the fuel. Studies tell us that people who eat breakfast tend to have a lower body mass index. They say that most people who skip breakfast tend to eat more calories later in the day to make up for the lack of calories they eat at breakfast.

Some studies found that kids who eat breakfast had significantly higher standardized achievement test scores, improved math grades, reduced hyperactivity, decreased absence and tardy rates, and improved behaviors when compared with kids who rarely ate breakfast. Every study has different inclusion criteria and looks at different parameters that we can’t mimic in real-life situations, so I look at these studies and try to view them as trends.

Metabolism and appetite in humans varies to a great degree. Some people are hungry in the morning, and others are perfectly content to wait until lunchtime to eat. Energy usage and capacity are different for each individual. Some people feel hungry in the morning because they eat late at night, others feel hungry because they don’t have adequate glycogen stores. Yet others are hungry because they chronically overeat and their stomach is prematurely giving the brain the signal to indulge.

The blanket statement that all people should eat breakfast all of the time is ridiculous. Should you eat breakfast most of the time? Yes, if you are healthy or want to be healthy it appears that breakfast is a good idea.

What about fasting? Intermittent fasting is shown to be a healthy practice and some people would benefit from fasting the extra hours until lunch. It is a good idea (and easier) when you are fasting to skip breakfast because the fast will include sleeping time which means less time for your brain to think about food.

The key with fasting through breakfast is to track your caloric intake the rest of the day. Don’t take in more calories than you would if you ate 3 meals.

The bottom line is that it is up for you to decide if you eat breakfast or not. What your body is telling you?

If your body tells you to eat more than you think is prudent, then you have a nutrient deficiency or imbalance that needs to be corrected. Our country is full of over-fed and under-nourished individuals who’s metabolisms are damaged. A nutrient dense breakfast can be a healthy way to begin your day. Your brain and your body will thank you.

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