Because people aren’t hungry when they wake up

By Tim Nelson
January 13, 2020
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Breakfast: the most important meal of the day? Most people have heard that statement and assumed it to be true. But according to at least one doctor you’ve probably seen on TV and may or may not trust, breakfast is a big sham that must be stopped.

In a recent conversation with TMZ, Dr. Mehmet Oz, the TV host and friend of Oprah, all but admitted that breakfast as we know it is Cancelled. “I don’t think we need to eat breakfast,” the TV personality/doctor said. “That’s an advertising ploy.”

So what’s Oz’s beef with the best time of day to eat bacon and eggs? Apparently, breakfast is something we just mindlessly eat when we think we’re hungry but really aren’t. If we diet the way he thinks we should, there’s no reason to really be hungry first thing in the morning. “The smartest thing for us to do is cancel breakfast, and have your first meal when you’re actually hungry. If you’re intermittent fasting and you hadn’t had a late dinner, it won’t happen until midway through the morning,” he told the paparazzi site. If you’re hungry when you wake up, it’s because you ate something the night before that “means your body’s insulin is all whacked up.”

It sounds wild, but Oz could be onto something. If we’re at the point where eating pizza for breakfast is allegedly healthier than some breakfast cereals, maybe just mindlessly shuffling out of bed and into the kitchen to funnel food into our mouths isn’t the key to perfect health. At the same time, it’s important to take claims like this with a grain of salt since anyone proposing a drastically different approach to dieting and nutrition is usually trying to (eventually) sell you something. TBD what that actually is in this case.

So what does Dr. Oz advise doing in a world where breakfast is cancelled? That we “have brunch every day of the week,” he says. Whether or not that implies that seven straight days of bottomless brunch is now fair game, but I say it’s worth a shot.