The Right Time for Breakfast

We already know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. As noted in Healthy Breakfast May Protect Against Heart Disease:

Eating breakfast—especially one that includes whole grains—reduces your risk for heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and heart failure, according to the May 2008 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.

Now, a prominent physician suggests that if you’re watching your weight, there’s an optimal time to eat your first organic meal of the day: within 15 to 30 minutes of waking up, and no later than 8 a.m.

Matthew Edlund, MD, director of the Center for Circadian Medicine in Sarasota, FL, and author of The Body Clock Advantage, recently told Redbook magazine: “If you don’t eat breakfast, your body thinks it’s in starvation mode, and you’ll eat more food later on.”

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  • Donna  August 6, 2009 at 2:18 am

    I believe strongly that we cannot be standardized in the way that Matthew Edlund, MD, among many in the science and diet community, suggests.

    The fact that he is a prominent physician and has written a book does not give him an authority on every body type and metabolism type out there. The studies that exist, if you look closely, are often trying to extrapolate data from 35 to 50 people at a time to a U.S. population of over 304 million people. This is getting to be ludicrous.

    People need to listen to their own bodies and develop their own approach. There are too many factors, work schedules, life styles, etc. for a one-size fits all approach to scheduling one’s diet. I agree with the healthy and organic meals advocated, just not the broad generalization.

  • Australian Gourmet  August 8, 2009 at 4:03 am

    A great blog with quality content – will be back for more.

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