I’ve stopped skipping breakfast. I’ve decided it’s not a very good way to lose weight and apparently there’s evidence to back this up.
All calories are not equal – it depends what time of day they’re eaten. The same calories eaten in the morning are less fattening than exactly the same calories eaten in the evening. This is due to our circadian rhythms – in the morning our body turns our food into usable energy for our muscles which is an energy intensive task so not only are we burning up calories by walking and moving around, we’re burning up additional calories creating glycogen for our muscles to do all these things. Our body doesn’t do this in the evening because it’s expecting to go to sleep and doesn’t need to create this energy. It doesn’t matter if we don’t go to sleep or stay up late. Our body simply hasn’t evolved to eat lots at night time.
The fasting diet would therefore work best if it recommended a huge breakfast, a big lunch, and then to skip dinner. I now eat a huge breakfast and skip dinner and I think I function better during the day because of it. Dr Greger explains the research well in this video – breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper.