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Breakfast -- Not the Most Important Meal after All

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Contrary to popular belief, breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. In fact, omitting breakfast, as part of an intermittent fasting schedule, can have many important health benefits, from improving your insulin/leptin sensitivity to helping your body more effectively burn fat for fuel.

Longer bouts of fasting have also been shown to have potent health benefits, including the regeneration of your immune system, as demonstrated in recent research.

In the past, it was believed that skipping breakfast might hinder weight loss, or even make you gain weight, but recent research demonstrates there's no truth to this theory.1 As noted by David Allison, senior investigator of the featured study and director of the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center:2

"The field of obesity and weight loss is full of commonly held beliefs that have not been subjected to rigorous testing; we have now found that one such belief does not seem to hold up when tested. This should be a wake-up call for all of us to always ask for evidence about the recommendations we hear so widely offered."


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