Terence Kealey
Breakfast is a Dangerous Meal: Why You Should Ditch Your Morning Meal For Health and Wellbeing

Breakfast is a Dangerous Meal: Why You Should Ditch Your Morning Meal For Health and Wellbeing
Terence Kealey

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but only if we skip it.Since Victorian times, we have been told to breakfast like kings and dine like paupers. In the wake of his own type 2 diabetes diagnosis, Professor Terence Kealey was given the same advice. He soon noticed that his glucose levels were unusually high after eating first thing in the morning. But if he continued to fast until lunchtime they fell to a normal level. Professor Kealey began to question how much evidence there was to support the advice he’d been given, and whether there might be an advantage for some to not eating breakfast after all.Breakfast is a Dangerous Meal asks:• What is the reliable scientific and medical evidence for eating breakfast?• Why do people suppose that eating breakfast reduces the total amount of food they consume over the day, when the opposite is true?• Who should consider intermittent fasting by removing breakfast from their daily routine?• From weight loss to reduced blood pressure, what are the potential benefits of missing breakfast?

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Source ISBN: 9780008172367

Ebook Edition © December 2016 ISBN: 9780008172350

Version: 2017-04-27

Dedication (#ulink_9dcb3f3e-134f-59e2-8207-09716c9febd3)

To my wife, Sally

Contents

Cover (#ud9b8caf8-6110-5e86-a2c6-09b5e4275c12)

Title Page (#u611cb6cc-022c-50b7-a47c-5716001f9a67)

Copyright (#ud4a5e575-1681-5578-ad2c-aeeb81bce980)

Dedication (#u03220c53-35da-562a-a0a7-503e0d30d42f)

Prologue (#u200336e1-a8f4-5d22-be00-e28025538103)

Preface (#udb4f53e6-06e3-517a-8877-ab86067e0c36)

PART ONE: My Story, Episode (#uefa6163c-a115-5398-be58-836e71cb6492)

1. My diagnosis (#ua5ad5fac-4381-577c-ab56-08711a0e4890)

PART TWO: The Dubious Advocates of Breakfast (#u165a70e5-467d-51cb-97e2-bd526ea99a0b)

2. The glorification of breakfast (#uf404c116-191f-5e1d-8468-38833da76d51)

3. Breakfast in an age of commercial science (#ue5c8604c-2618-5510-b233-45228810ba04)

PART THREE: Breakfast Myths (#u835ed279-5fbf-51f0-b4ff-7245fcffc6f2)

4. Myth No. 1: Breakfast cereals are healthy (#u9eeb96f4-264f-5fbe-9027-ff8c7950b6f0)

5. Myth No. 2: Breakfast is good for the brain (#u188faebf-ca2f-59fb-8cc9-f1dd7f7fab83)

6. Myth No. 3: Breakfast is slimming (#u51ad44fd-70fa-5ff3-8a39-ca88f1283abb)

PART FOUR: The Breakfast Paradox (#u51e78326-8f4f-5546-8c05-af9bea6e2f2a)

7. Yo-yo dieting (#ufd5fc5f0-03d0-5008-a68f-ab8c3d85d8b4)

8. Chaotic lives (#u0a76774b-d6aa-5c67-979b-cc17a16d1d53)

9. Five breakfast sagas (#u46f83739-0f30-5380-9dd3-113265409934)

PART FIVE: Breakfast Wars (#u7ecbe691-20a1-5b2a-b6f9-3401522b7709)

10. The Harvard and Cambridge challenges (#ucb09ce29-1df2-522c-8be4-fd19321f3783)

11. The heroic breakfast guerrillas (#ua7b14ce5-d0ed-538c-96fa-c36e2bfc389c)

PART SIX: Misleading Experiments (#u446188c9-6ec4-525a-b9c0-18bb45e54351)

12. Blood glucose and breakfast: the unhealthy majority (#u5e19dcd7-ab2f-56ed-b60c-bb1219f2fb8b)

13. Blood glucose and breakfast: the healthy minority (#litres_trial_promo)

14. Why have the scientists claimed breakfast to be safe? (#litres_trial_promo)

PART SEVEN: How Breakfast Kills Us (#litres_trial_promo)

15. The fat saga (#litres_trial_promo)