Breakfast – the most important meal of the day?

If like me you were brought up to believe that eating three square meals a day was necessary for good health, then the studies and research coming through addressing the issue of when to eat is quite a shock. We are used to research that analyses how much to eat, and what to eat, but not the when.

Here’s another article about breakfast (in this case written in the context of type 2 diabetes) and whether we should – from time to time or all the time – skip it. But wait! Is the old saying – ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’ now wrong?

Well, it’s a complicated subject. Have a read and see if it could work for you. We shouldn’t believe all we were told years ago unless an evidence base can now justify these beliefs.

I’ve certainly found that fasting on two days a week (a la Michael Mosley) helps my energy levels, and that missing breakfast often leaves me feeling sharper and more alert during the morning (I eat well later though!).

Perhaps the takeaway (excuse the pun) is that the body may benefit more from variability than we previously thought.