Nutritionists have long been telling us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that you should have breakfast like a king, lunch like a commoner and dine like a pauper.
For long the position on breakfast has been that if you are trying to lose weight then you must have breakfast and that you miss breakfast at your own peril.
However there is a counter view that says breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. The contention is that when you awaken in fasting mode and when all that you ate the previous day is wholly digested, the body is already in an alert and high energy mode.
It is contended that contrary to popular belief that says breakfast will kick start your metabolism, eating breakfast will actually have the opposite effect. If it is the usual eggs and bacon or bagel and cereal that you eat for breakfast, then this will actually cause that energy producing system to shut down.
This view contends that it isn’t breakfast but post exercise recovery meals that are the most important ones in the day.
Other experts have also contended that humans have evolved to be nocturnal eaters; that we have been programmed to eat at night, so if we eat all our food during the day, then this is what will cause the weight to pile on.
A study that examined the effects of having only one meal a day on people found that those who did so, did not gain weight. At the end of the study, they had more muscle, and showed signs of an enhanced immune response.