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Op-Ed: Breakfast is the LEAST Important Meal of the Day

Op-Ed: Breakfast is the LEAST Important Meal of the Day

We have always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but could we be wrong?

An Australian gastric surgeon is now claiming that skipping breakfast is the key to slimming our waistline.

Dr. Andrew Renaut thinks we should stop eating breakfast altogether.

'Breakfast, as far as I'm concerned, is the least important meal of the day and I think is contributing to the problem as far as obesity is concerned,' he told Sunrise.

Dr. Renaut explained that there are three main factors we need to consider when it comes to our diet and they are how much we eat, what foods we eat and when we eat.

This is because when we are constantly eating and digesting food our bodies aren't given a chance to have a break.

Dr. Renault said this means our bodies aren't able to bring insulin levels down.

'We need to address the amount of insulin we're causing the body to produce because that translates to insulin resistance, and that's the underlying problem with obesity,' he said.

With obesity levels at a record high in this country, Dr. Renault believes this technique can help stop obesity.

Not having breakfast isn't the only step, as there is also only a six-hour window that you're allowed to eat in each day, which is 1 pm to 7 pm.

An added bonus is that you don't need to count calories within that time frame.

'You don't need to restrict anything, with one exception, and that is refined carbohydrates,' Dr. Renault explained.

'So everything else, fresh meat, fresh vegetables, fresh fish, nuts, avocados, and dairy is absolutely fine.

'You can eat all that beautiful food and you don't need to restrict the amount. It's very important that you don't calorie restrict.'

For those that are worried that they won't be able to go about their day without having a meal, Dr. Renault said your body will adjust.

'What you're doing in the 18 hours that you're not eating is you're allowing your insulin to come back down to zero,' he said.

Although you can eat whatever you want in that six-hour window, Dr. Renault said that it has to be within reason, as of course, this doesn't mean you can go off and eat six burgers.

'Everything in moderation. The only thing you need to watch is refined carbohydrates,' he explained.

'That's sugar and anything that contains sugar so anything that's processed and anything out of a packet probably has had sugar added.'

He recommends looking in your fridge and chucking out anything with a fat-free label as they take out the fat and put sugar in its place instead.

'Fat doesn't make you fat, sugar makes you fat,' he added.

'I have two promises - the first is that this will work and secondly, this is the only thing that will work.'



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