The Short answer is NO… There are many research studies now that support the health benefits of Intermittent Fasting. Most of us practice Intermittent Fasting unconciously when we skip our early morning meals!
Technically you are not skipping it. You are just consuming that food at a later time. That is why it’s called Breakfast. Because you are Breaking the Fast! It is not called “6 am meal”. Its called Breakfast.
Just think about it. We are designed to not have breakfast. Our ancestors would wake up in a fasted stated, then they would hunt or gather food in order to feed themselves and their families. Sometimes they fasted for days. Our body is built for this. When I was growing up, I remember my parents and grandparents not having breakfast and I had never heard the phrase, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” until I moved to the U.S.
As a of matter of fact, there are no breakfast joints in Hungary and most parts of the world. The U.S. is definitely the Breakfast Capital of the World, but there is a lack of scientific evidence behind this phrase. Since breakfast companies (mainly cereal companies) and commercials came up with this catch phrase, our health as a nation has changed drastically and not in a good way. Today, every 90 seconds one person dies from obesity in the U.S. So learning a little bit more about breakfast and adopting Intermittent Fasting is just a start to a healthier lifestyle. Not to mention, because of commercial forces, we are consuming excessive amounts of sugar during breakfast alone! We consume enough amounts of sugar in that one sitting, that it is equivalent to what a healthy person should consume in an entire week!
I could go on and on about this topic, but i’d rather share this great article that everyone should read here.
This is just a brief caption of what you will find in this article:
“Recent studies suggest that intermittent fasting can provide the same health benefits as constant calorie restriction which many studies have shown to dramatically increase life span in animals. It may also be helpful for those who cannot successfully reduce their everyday calorie intake. Besides turning you into an efficient fat burner, intermittent fasting can also boost your level of human growth hormone production (aka the “fitness hormone”) by as much as 1,200 percent for women and 2,000 percent for men. Intermittent fasting and continuous calorie restriction have both been shown to produce weight loss and improve metabolic risk markers. However, intermittent fasting tends to be slightly more effective for reducing insulin resistance. Other benefits include reducing inflammation, improving blood pressure, and increased lean body mass. Intermittent fasting can also improve your brain function by increasing levels of BDNF, a protein that protects your brain cells from the changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.”