Is your cereal and juice in the morning making you fat, or at least keeping you fatter than you need to be? That’s a common question that many people ask themselves… Does eating breakfast or skipping breakfast make you fat?
There are certain times of the day when Intermittent Fasting (IF) is exactly what your metabolism needs in order to burn maximum fat, and the best time for IF is right after you wake up from your long period of sleep (see footnote 1).
In other words, the best time for IF would be when you normally eat BREAKFAST.
That’s right — Breakfast being “The most important meal of the day” is a myth. It wouldn’t be shocking if that genius “most important” marketing campaign turned out to be a conspiracy by the breakfast food industry, because so many foods like cereal, juice, and bagels that are heavily marketed for breakfast make no sense for that time of day for fat burning. At least you can feel confident betting the breakfast food industry is behind all the studies that tell you how important eating breakfast is to your health and weight loss efforts.
Here’s a very recent New York Times Article that cites a study in support of the “breakfast is harmful to weight loss” view. They conclude you need to get up earlier and exercise to get fat burning benefits. EET prefers to let you sleep in (we think you’re more likely to stay on the “sleep in” plan!), then exercise if you can, but the most important thing is to delay your breakfast!
While starvation mode is a controversial topic, it makes sense for your body to slow metabolism and conserve if it feels it’s going too long without nutrition. But too many people mistake feeling really hungry with starving, and the two are completely different. While ingesting nothing does send a message of starvation, you only need send a small message to your metabolism to establish that you are not starving it. This is why EET recommends “near fasting”rather than complete fasting. This is accomplished by sipping a “metabolic activator” like green tea or black coffee, rather than complete fasting.
Harmful (to fat loss) breakfasts include the highly touted “Slow Carb” options of Oatmeal, Barley, Beans or whatever other foods with carbs diets suggest for breakfast. It all gets in the way of fat burning, plain and simple. Proteins and fats at this time are better but still not necessary for max fat burning. You are far better off sipping green tea or having a cup of black coffee. That’s all your metabolism wants, and if you are interested in burning the maximum amount of fat, that’s all it needs.
So, if you’re wondering why all of your conventional dieting efforts keep failing you, don’t blame your willpower or discipline. In our last two articles EET has shown you how two of conventional dieting’s most cherished beliefs, the focus on reducing calories and eating breakfast are actually both harmful (or at the very least completely unnecessary) to sustainable weight loss efforts. Is it any wonder that conventional dieting has a 98% failure rate?
Footnote 1 EET could say IF is most important after a long NIGHT’S sleep, but that is not accurate for people like night shift workers who’s longest period of sleep would be during the day — this is a great example of how EET works and how important it is that eating TIMING be adapted to each individual’s specific schedule and not run by the clock on the wall.
BONUS! EET Members Video
As another benefit to Hive readers, here is EET’s Members Video on this topic that explains in detail why you might want to rethink your breakfast menu if you are interested in burning fat with a lot less effort.