If, like me, you were brought up to believe that eating three square meals a day was important for good health, then the veritable deluge of studies and research coming through that address issues such as fasting (to lose weight, to improve health, to cope with treatment for disease) and when we eat is quite a shock. After all, over the years eating for weight loss and health improvements has never really addressed the when, but only the what and the how much.
Here's another article about breakfast (in this case written in the context of type 2 diabetes) and whether we should - from time to time or all the time - skip it. But wait! Is the old saying - 'breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper' now wrong?
Well, it's a complicated subject. Have a read and see if it could work for you. It certainly is important not to blindly believe all we were told those years ago.
I've certainly found that fasting on two days a week (a la Michael Mosley) helps my energy levels, and that missing breakfast often leaves me feeling sharper and more alert during the morning (I eat well later though!).
Perhaps the key takeaway (excuse the pun) is that the body may benefit more from variability than we previously thought.