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Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but only if we skip it.

Fasting is a wonderfully healthy state. When we fast, our insulin levels fall, as do our blood sugar, triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Most usefully, when we fast we lose weight. But what do too many of us do on waking?

We break that lovely gift of fasting - we literally breakfast - and we eat, so courting type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, strokes, hypertension, dementia and cancers of the liver, breast, pancreas and uterus. We are told today that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that we should eat it like a king.

In the wake of his own type 2 diabetes diagnosis, Professor Terence Kealey was given the same advice. But Professor Kealey noticed that his glucose levels were unusually high after eating first thing in the morning, whereas if he continued to fast until lunchtime they fell to a normal rate. He began to wonder how much evidence there was to support the advice he'd been given - and whether there might be an advantage to not eating breakfast after all.

Breakfast Is a Dangerous Meal asks:

  • Where is the current scientific and medical evidence to support the importance of eating breakfast?
  • Should we be investigating the possibility that breakfast may be doing us more harm than good?
  • And what about nondiabetics: should they also skip breakfast?

Breakfast Is a Dangerous Meal will provide authoritative, welcome advice for anyone who is diabetic or prediabetic and indeed anyone who has considered skipping 'the most important meal of the day'.

©2016 Terence Kealey (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Invaluable

Being an intermittent faster (and I'll point out, not diabetic), I had noticed more sensitivity and fluctuation in my blood sugar levels on days that I wasn't fasting, and putting the recommendations of this book into practice has completely stabilised my blood sugar. Every time I mention the title of the book to people though, they freak out and state that 'breakfast is the most important meal of the day' which is what we've all been told. Try it out for yourself, I'd say (with the caveat that changes in diet need time to establish as habits).

The book itself is largely a literature review, which details the studies, agendas, and business of breakfast, which led to that common saying, behind which lurk the food industries. I was hoping for a more practical and advisory book, and in the last chapters, practical advice is given. The large portion of the book given over to a lit review I guess serves to reassure the reader of the book's authority (or more accurately, ease our certainty that breakfast is important for health, metabolism, etc and make us question at least where this belief originated).

I can't see this book being widely popular, as people seem very attached to food in general, and the belief in breakfast specifically. I can only say that for me, it has worked wonderfully. I approached it systematically and also measure my blood glucose levels. The book would be a very useful read for anyone with / at risk of diabetes, as according to the author this group stand to benefit greatly.

I've only knocked off a star as the contents of the book weren't as practical as I'd anticipated.

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very interesting book.

loved the book, well laid out comprehensive, certainly won't have breakfast anymore.
great to see it slowly build up

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Don't eat until after lunch time.

The title to my review is the summary of this book. Basically don't eat before lunch is the message. The 33 other chapters are the reasons why.

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Well read, heavy science

I do like a research-based proposal for nutrition. This one is particularly well-read, sounding like an experienced professor rather than a robot, which some can veer towards. The idea is to challenge popular scientific myths such as 'breakfast like a king' and backs up refutations with sound analysis and evaluation of meta-research.

Has made me re-think my breakfast routine, and the impact of 'compliance' with popular ideas or old wives tales without actually checking their impact on my own system.

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Must read if you are interested in your health.

I have ready many health and diet books, this I think is the best. It is current, very readable and refers to a selection of books I have already read and have guided my dietary choices over the last 15 years and so is a good book to read if you only have time to read one.

I have been on fasting diets since the 5:2 diet first appeared and the 16:8 diet for about thej last 10 months and have found it simple to keep to and very effective. This was what first attracted me to the book. After reading it I have refined my diet to follow the advice found in the book.

It gives a balanced view of the information available in a way that will please both these that just want a layman's explanation to those that need a more scientific approach with a comprehensive and full reference section. As a health and fitness professional I am telling all my family, friends and clients that it's message is simple to follow but read the book I think it will change the way you eat for ever.

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An essential read.

I have wanted to listen to this book for some time and was not disappointed.

I have read as listened to a lot a nutrition books in the last year and have changed my diet significantly in the last year, by adopting the 16/8 restricted eating which was advocated in this book. It involves eating for eight hours a day and fasting for sixteen. I start eating at midday and stop at 8pm, during this time I eat a normal diet for me or basically what I ate before.

The fasting has made me feel better, and as a bonus I lost weight around my middle and thighs, I had not expected this ( I was not overweight before) but I know losing fat around these areas is good for my health.

What I have noticed in recent years is that eating my breakfast at 7am, I would get the munchies by 9am and would then snack till lunch which I was not happy about, but found it hard to stop. This book gave me the explanation of why this was happening.

I used to be the biggest advocator of breakfast being the most important meal of the day, but after reading/ listening to this and other books I realised it is not and I have not missed it

The breakfast cereal market globally is worth 48 billion, and most of the research on breakfast is sponsored by the big cereal giants.

This book explains really well all the biochemistry of the body, and what glucose and insulin does when it is left to be rampant in the body. Whether your pre diabetiic, diabetic or like me just interested in your health, its summary of the research is fascinating.

There were a few times I had to rewind to fully understand the biochemistry but as I say it states it’s findings clearly and concisely.

In this era of obesity and rising diabetes type 2 as well as diabetes type 3 (Alzheimer’s) we have to make changes for our future.
Our health service and our bodies will be crippled by this global problem, that we have the power to change.

I do predict that in the next ten years we will look at sugar like tobacco, and governments will have to act to ban or substantially reduce it in our foods. Unfortunately many people now do not have ten years to waste.

Make the changes now, if you have X amount of years left surely you will want to live them in the best of health.

Apologies if I have ranted here from my soap box but I feel very passionately about this......

Enjoy the book and learn.something to change your life.

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Really well balanced and informative

I bought this book on audible and found it a fascinating listen. He is easy to listen to and quite realistic in advice. I won’t be eating breakfast again as I found his reasons sound and can relate to his thoughts that eating breakfast makes you feel more hunger pangs mid morning. My mum has altzeimers and if skipping breakfast and avoiding red meat and junk food will help me avoid that then I’m going to follow his advice.

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Working already, it's easy, & it's scientific!

Despite following a lot of the advice out there, my body responded exactly the way the author described (badly). Following his advice for only 1 week, and already its making a big difference and its so easy to follow. Really grateful for all of the scientific references and scientific honesty (so rare these days). I really believe this is a life changing book. Prepare to have your eyes opened!

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Superb book

I found this book to be very informative about many areas of health and well-being and Full on practical information , One of the best books I would highly recommend

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Great listen

Need to find out more on some facts but overall starting to skip breakfast for next 8 weeks to see what happens

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  • Kenneth
  • 15-07-18

Sadly the book is written a biased doctor

Whether breakfast is a dangerous meal or not is impossible to say after reading this book. The author is sadly biased as to the "wonders" if a low carbohydrate diet. Halfway through the book he has managed to parade myth after myth about the glory of fat in the diet. E. G. The Masai have nearly no heart disease. (They do. ) Ansel Keys was wrong. (He wasn't) Sugar consumption has increased. (It's been steadily decreasing the last 20 years). and so on.

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