Whether or not you should eat breakfast depends on how active you will be later, lead researcher in comprehensive UK study says. If you aren’t hungry and you’ll be sedentary all day, there may be no need to eat anything
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – really?
Maybe not as important as people say, according to the latest results from a three-year project by researchers in Britain. The Bath Breakfast Project is being heralded as offering the most comprehensive insights into breakfast eating and its impact on the body.
“I was surprised by how little we know about breakfast. More than any other area of nutrition, the difference between what everyone thinks we know and what we actually know is vast,” says lead researcher Dr James Betts at the University of Bath who last year was awarded the Cuthbertson Medal by the Nutrition Society for his work.
Yes, breakfast is the ideal period of the day to insert proteins, fiber and other nutrients, but if the choice is between a donut and nothing, then better go with nothing.
This type of diet is practiced by eating food in a time interval of 8 to 10 hours, and not eating anything from 14 to 16 hours. For women, it is recommended not eating anything for 14 hours, and for men – 16 hours.
As scary as it sounds, when you understand the concept of “starving” for 16 hours, you’ll see that it isn’t that bad.
Let’s analyze those 16 hours:
Your ordinary day looks like this:
- 8 hours of sleeping
- 8 hours of eating
- 8 hours of starving
Or in other words:
During this diet, once you wake up, you don’t eat anything for 4 hours, and then you don’t eat anything for 4 hours before going to bed. That’s 8 hours. Add the 8 hours of sleep, and voila! You have your 16 hours of starving.
This is how your day should look like during the diet:
- You get up around 7, after 8 hours of sleep
- Your first meal is at 11am
- Your second meal is between the hours of 2pm and 3pm
- Your last meal is at 7pm
- Your day should end at 11pm
Benefits of the intermittent fasting
The benefits of this fasting are numerous and are of great help in losing weight and preventing weight gain. Here are some of the benefits that this fasting offers:
- Lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases caused by low BP and insulin sensitivity
- Increases the secretion of the HGH (Human Growth Hormone), which helps with lowering the obesity, maintaining the muscle mass and decreasing the aging signs
- Helps with lowering the body fats and maintaining the muscle mass in terms of calorie restriction
- The visceral fats are decreased
- Lowers the risk of diabetes by decreasing the serum glucose and the insulin levels
- Cardiovascular inflammations are decreased by increasing the levels of adiponectin
- Slows down aging, thus increasing longevity.