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What are the advantages & disadvantages of intermittent fasting?

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

With the rush of today's world, is breakfast still the 'most important meal of the day'? Well in this week's blog we explore some health benefits and some negatives on the topic.


In recent years, the practice of skipping breakfast has gained popularity as intermittent fasting and other dietary trends have taken hold. So, what are the pros and cons of skipping breakfast for your health? Let's explore this controversial topic and weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks.


An assortment of whole foods for breakfast

Some Positives:


1. Intermittent Fasting Benefits:

- Weight Management: Skipping breakfast can help reduce daily calorie intake, making it easier to maintain a calorie deficit and potentially aid in weight loss.

- Improved Insulin Sensitivity: Intermittent fasting, which often involves skipping breakfast, can enhance insulin sensitivity, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.


2. Enhanced Autophagy:

- Cellular Repair: Fasting triggers autophagy, a process where cells remove damaged components. This can support cellular repair and reduce the risk of certain diseases.


3. Simplified Meal Planning:

- Time-Saving: Skipping breakfast simplifies your daily meal planning, saving time in the morning for other activities.


4. Potential Mental Clarity:

- Focus and Productivity: Some individuals report increased mental clarity and productivity when they skip breakfast. This could be due to improved blood sugar control and reduced post-meal sluggishness.


The Negatives of Skipping Breakfast


1. Nutrient Deficiency:

- Missed Nutrients: Breakfast is an opportunity to consume essential nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Skipping it may lead to nutrient deficiencies if not compensated for in subsequent meals.


2. Overeating Later:

- Increased Hunger: Skipping breakfast can lead to increased hunger later in the day, potentially causing overeating and poor food choices.


3. Reduced Physical Performance:

- Energy Levels: Athletes and individuals with physically demanding jobs may experience reduced performance and energy levels when skipping breakfast, affecting their daily activities.


4. Potential Metabolic Impact:

- Hormonal Changes: Prolonged fasting can affect hormone levels, potentially leading to hormonal imbalances and stress on the body.


So as you can see, it's not a simple 'this is for everyone' fix. It really comes down to your why!


Are you skipping breakfast for a calorie intake goal? Or you simply feel you work out better on an empty stomach?


Are you skipping breakfast due to time? Is there a simple alternitive to get some nutrients into in order to kick start your metabolism!


If you don't know the answer, it's time to reflect on why! If you're having trouble answering that, talk to us here at Day1!


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2023年9月25日

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