Debunking Breakfast

Debunking Breakfast

  • 16 February 2020
We have all heard that Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day . These days, however, life tends to take over, we rush around in the morning, have jobs to get to, admin to get done and 24 hours in a day simply are not enough.

But this phrase should be taken seriously and be put into practice because it is based on good reasoning. So let’s debunk some breakfast myths.


Breakfast is the first meal we have after a night’s rest. It is all in the name - we are breaking a fast, and because of that, we need something to kick-start our metabolism. After a night’s rest, our body is in a starved state and our body needs fuel to be able to start working again. Think of it as a car that needs petrol - you would not be going anywhere if you did not fill up that empty tank first.

No breakfast means no calories, which means weight loss.

No. If you do not eat regular meals- especially breakfast, your body is likely to hold on to the weight you want to lose because it does not know when next it will be fed, making it more difficult for you to lose the weight.

I feel sick if I eat breakfast before my morning exercise.

For those that have the discipline to exercise in the early morning, breakfast is vital! You will not get the most out of your training if you do not ensure that you have replenished your stores before you start exercising. This is because your energy levels will be low and your body will not be able to give you what it can, while you’re working out. So eating something before working out (even if it is just a banana) will let you get so much more out of your training, and you will also feel better while working out.

Skipping breakfast also causes your blood sugar level to drop further causing moodiness, low energy levels and a general grumpy start to the day. It will also cause you to be even hungrier later in the day, which is likely to result in over-indulging and eating the wrong foods later in the day because you are so starved.

So making breakfast a compulsory meal is a must for general health and making sure you get the most out of your day and it is indeed "that important"!

What should be in a good, wholesome, healthy breakfast?

A healthy breakfast should be low in processed sugar, saturated fats and contain unrefined carbohydrates, protein, fiber and healthy fats. Generally speaking, a whole-grain cereal such as oats with milk and fruit will get you that.

A boiled egg on wholegrain toast with avocado is also a great option or keeping it old school with some peanut butter on toast.

If you don’t have time to sit down and eat cereal, my personal favorite is the smoothie. It is quick and you can jam-pack it with nutrient-dense foods to make sure you are getting a great start to the day and you can drink it on your way to work.