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Summary

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. <br />

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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  • Beccie
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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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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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Informative

Great book, confirms why i feel crap after morning meals, and carb heavy lunchs! Recommended!

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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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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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No more fry ups

I found this book educational and interesting.

I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in improving their overall state of health.