The Coach Smith
JUL 18, 2019

Breakfast is Not the Most Important Meal

One of the world's greatest myths was constructed back in the 1940's by a cereal company as a marketing slogan to sell more product.

The line; "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" has stuck to this day, despite not one shred of scientific evidence to support the notion. In fact, if you traced the origin of this phrase back to the company who propagated it, the truth is, breakfast was a conduit for poor health due to the type of product they were selling (cereals)

There are a number of important hormones influenced by the food we eat but two key hormones are: insulin and ghrelin. Insulin responds to the carbohydrates we eat by breaking down and moving glucose into our cells to provide energy. However the more carbs we eat (especially at the start of the day) the greater the negative health response from the insulin. Ghrelin is the hormone that signals hunger and rides on the back of insulin. The more insulin we have in the system, the more ghrelin we have and the hungrier we will be throughout the day - often resulting in cravings.

So breakfast is NOT the most important meal of the day - the first meal of the day is the most important. This first meal may be at 8am, 11am or 2pm. What you eat during this first meal and when you eat this first meal will influence hormonal flow. We also know that delayed eating some days of the week produces significant health benefits, just as we know a low carbohydrate start to some days of the week does the same. The caveat is exercise. If you do resistance training for example in the morning, then carbohydrates can take on a completely different (and beneficial) significance.

If you think about it, we get our meal loading completely around the wrong way. For most people, the smallest meal of the day (when energy levels are the highest) is our first meal. The biggest meal of the day is generally the last meal, when we are least active. Consider the concept of: “Eat like a king for your first meal and like a pauper for your last meal”

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