Yes, your entire life you’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That it keeps your metabolism up. That it is essential to have energy throughout the day…
I’m here to tell you that all of that is completely wrong.
In fact, multiple studies have shown that when people start intermittent fasting that their metabolisms actually go up, rather than down!
The idea that you have to eat every few hours to keep your metabolism up is just a myth.
Sadly, it’s a myth that’s really, really harmful because it does damage to your hormones and prevents people who want to lose weight from being able to do so.
After my bariatric surgery, I was told to eat 5-6 low-calorie meals a day.
I did exactly as I was instructed, but after my Stage 1 weight loss wore off, I stopped losing weight.
I was stuck at that weight for four whole years, which was one of the most frustrating periods of my life.
I had taken the steps to get bariatric surgery. I was following the recommended advice. And still, I was not seeing results!
It was only when I discovered the power of intermittent fasting that I was able to break through my plateau and finally reach my ultimate goal weight.
So now, I no longer eat six meals a day. I don’t even eat the ‘standard’ three meals a day… I eat two!
What It Looks Like To Skip Breakfast
I have set an ‘eating window’ for myself of about six hours a day. This means that I only eat my meals during this time.
I don’t eat breakfast and then I wait to eat lunch until about 2:00 PM. Then about six hours later I eat dinner.
During each meal, I eat as much as I want until I’m full, following a ketogenic diet that is absent from processed carbohydrates. My meals include a good amount of healthy fats, protein and fiber. This helps me feel really satisfied after each meal and keeps me full until my next one.
For best results, I recommend setting an eating window of 6-8 hours. You can always start with more and then work your way up to a shorter window.
During this time, you can eat either two or three meals. But it is very important that you focus on getting in real meals and avoid snacking.
I know at the start, it may seem daunting to eat just twice a day. But your body adjusts very quickly and if you stick to a ketogenic diet you’ll find the process far easier.
Eating this way keeps my insulin levels low all day. This means that my body is not constantly being told by my insulin that I need to store fat. This means my fat cells are very easy to release and that allows my fat to be burned.
In summary, you do not have to eat breakfast for a healthy lifestyle. In fact, skipping breakfast is likely one of the best things anyone can do.
(Note that people with some specific medical conditions, for example, diabetics who are taking long-acting insulin may have problems if they don’t adjust their insulin before trying this.)
Special Considerations For Bariatric Patients
Intermittent fasting is the single most powerful tool anyone can use to lose weight. But there are two special considerations for intermittent fasting for bariatric patients.
The first thing to consider is that intermittent fasting is not something that you can do right after surgery.
That said, once your body has healed and especially once you’re in Stage 2 weight loss, this is key to both weight loss and healing your body’s hormones.
The second is that after bariatric surgery, intermittent fasting can be a little more difficult because the amount of food that you can eat is restricted in any given one time.
What that means is that you can’t fast as radically as somebody who hasn’t had bariatric surgery. Nonetheless, even if you need more meals, just by restricting them to a smaller eating window will you be able to see significant results.
This on its own helps to limit the quantity of foods that you’re able to eat. On top of that, it’s a great way to stick to your plans and achieve your weight loss goals.
It is really important that bariatric surgery patients understand this, and it’s a travesty that this not taught to patients when they have surgery.
I am fed up with the way modern medicine treats obesity. We’re told that it’s our fault, while at the same time we’re told to eat in ways that make it IMPOSSIBLE to lose weight.
I followed all of the official advice. I ate the high-carb, low-fat meals I was told to six times a day, and I got nowhere. I felt ashamed and incredibly frustrated.
It took a long time, but finally, I discovered that it was not my fault.
I was obese not because of a lack of willpower, but because I was given the wrong instructions. Obesity is not about how many calories you consume. It is a hormonal disease. A disease that comes from a poor diet high in processed carbs and sugars, and a lifestyle of constant snacking.
This is important to know because when we understand that obesity is a hormonal disease, we can take productive steps to correct it. But unfortunately, so many people don’t know this, so they continue to be stuck in the same impossible weight loss trap.