I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately, losing 30 pounds in recent months. And being more in tune with issues of health and nutrition, news’ stories on the matter jump out at me more than usual. So when I saw this recent TMZ article about comments made by the famous Dr. Mehmet Oz, I had to check it out. Dr. Oz is apparently promoting the idea that it is okay, if not preferable, to skip breakfast and instead delay eating until brunch time.
I wholeheartedly agree with this, having learned what I’ve learned in recent years. I have discovered the weight loss benefits of intermittent fasting, and more and more new research tends to back up that claim. For the past five months, I have been intermittent fasting, only eating between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. I’ve also greatly increased my intake of plant-based foods—fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and quinoa—and I have also implemented what I call “constant movement” (lots of walking and other exercise). Of all the changes I have made, I suspect that the intermittent fasting has had more of an effect on my weight loss than I realize.
Now, because I get up around 4:30 a.m. and my first meal is at 11 a.m., I guess you could say that I am effectively skipping both breakfast and brunch, and so adhering to Dr. Oz’s recommendation.
I especially love Dr. Oz’s comment that breakfast is “a sham created by the advertising industry.” I’m glad someone besides me is touting this idea. In my new book, Dharma Diet, I have a whole chapter dedicated to the lies the food industry tells us.
I laugh to myself as I think of a phrase that is still stuck in my head from my childhood when kids’ breakfast cereal commercials would end with the tagline, “part of this nutritious breakfast,” with a picture of their “sugar-bomb” cereal next to toast, fruit, milk, and orange juice. Even as a kid I saw this for the absurd advertising ploy that it is. “Well, of course, it’s ‘part of’ that nutritious breakfast!” my young self would think. And if you remove the sugar-bomb cereal, it would be an even more nutritious breakfast.
Every “Body” Is Different
I am a strong believer that since everyone’s DNA is unique, so too should our diet, weight-loss, and exercise plans be unique. While there are many general guidelines and facts that apply to everyone, there really is no “one size fits all” approach to any of it. We each need to commit to discovering what works for us personally, through trial and error.
Even then, things change as new research and information become available. I think even Dr. Oz would agree with that. When I was searching for the story about Dr. Oz advocating that we skip breakfast, my internet search gave me the humorous results shown below. Just a few years ago Dr. Oz was “promoting” breakfast, giving us “10 reasons you should never skip breakfast.” I found that kinda funny. But to Dr. Oz’s credit, it is perfectly fine to change our minds about things after we grow and learn more over time.
The basic beliefs and rules that helped me lose 30 pounds in just 4 months include:
- Sugar is evil
- Only eat within a 7-hour window
- Bread (and anything resembling bread) is evil
- Eat as many plant-based foods as possible
- Drink tons of water
- Constant movement
- Stop lying to yourself
- Educate yourself on the lies coming from the food industry
- Pump positive messaging into your brain on a daily basis
So what works for you? Breakfast or no breakfast? I’d love to hear what works for you in your efforts to stay (or to get) healthy.