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Confessions of a breakfast skipper

February 9, 2017

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. … See Full Bio
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Mike Johnston
March 19, 2017

I also tend to skip breakfast quite often but the problem is that I always end up with a nasty headache if I do. My wife started making me “goal bowls” which I find are a bit easier given that a) I don’t have to make them and b) I get a good chunk of protein from them. Part of the reason I don’t usually eat breakfast is because I’m too lazy to make it in the mornings.

Here’s her most recent one for those interested:

Margaret Logan
February 20, 2017

My favourite subject matter expert on skipping breakfast and fasting…

February 20, 2017

I must confess I do too. As of now 55, in good health.
Encourage more research. Keep us posted, thanks!

Terry Goldman
February 13, 2017

Listen to your body: If you’re hungry in the morning, eat breakfast. If not, don’t. Has anybody done a study on the health effects of that?

Artin Yousefi
February 10, 2017

As long as one gets over the negative placebo effect of skipping breakfast(as it is conventional to eat breakfast), the person should not have any problem. Although feeding brain at least some glucose in the morning does not hurt and might help it refresh more easily(accelerate the process) from the dormancy phase.

S. Akers
February 10, 2017

great information! From one non-breakfast eater to another- 🙂

February 10, 2017

I’m male and over 50 and for many years have frequently skipped breakfast without any apparent ill effects. In recent years I have, however, more often eaten some breakfast instead of simply drinking water and/or black coffee (what I’d usually consume on breakfast-less days). I feel as if doing so has stimulated my morning hunger, finding that I’ve sometimes gone down to the cafe again before lunch to get a croissant or muffin to supplement the eggs and meat I’d eaten earlier (full disclosure: I’ve been recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes, which is why I now skip starch with my eggs and meat). I don’t believe eating breakfast has a particular effect on my hunger levels for lunch or dinner.
Just one man’s experience and feelings….

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