I am so glad that an endocrinologist has taken the effort to write this Post!
The alarm rings and the brain starts to worry:
“Its time to get up and we have consumed the whole fuel”‘……………
It calls upon the first neuron it has handy to find out how much glucose is available in the blood. The response arrives on behalf of the blood: There is sugar available only enough for the next 15 to 20 minutes, that’s it.
The brain, in its doubtful gesture, replies to the neuron messenger: ‘Alright, go and talk to the liver to see what it has in reserve.’ The liver checks its savings account and replies that the total funds will last ‘for about 20 to 25 minutes’. In total there is about 290 grams of glucose, which means, it will last for about 45 minutes, during this time the brain would be praying to The Lord to see if we feel like having breakfast.
If we are in a rush or it feels unbearable to eat in the morning, the poor organ will have to put up an emergency: “Maximum alert: we are getting an economy package.”
“Cortisone, dear, take out whatever you can from the muscle cells, the bone ligaments and from skin collagen”.
The cortisone puts to work all the mechanisms so that the cells open up to let out proteins, just like a mom’s purse opens up when buying items. These proteins pass through the liver to convert them into blood glucose. This process continues until we get back to eating.
As you can see, whoever thinks it is ok not to eat breakfast, is actually fooling himself/herself: that person is eating his/her own muscles, it is auto devouring himself/herself. Consequently, the person loses muscle tone, and a brain, which instead of occupying on intellectual functions, spends all morning activating the emergency system in order to obtain fuel and food.
How does this affect our weight?
When a person starts the day fasting, he/she starts up an energy saving strategy, because of which the metabolism reduces. The brain does not know how long the fasting will last, whether a few hours or a few days, so it takes upon the most severe restrictive measures.
Thats why if the person decides to have lunch later, the food shall be accepted as an excess, it will be deviated towards the “fat reserve” bank and the person will gain weight.
The reason behind which the muscles are the first ones to be used as fuel bank during the morning fast is because of the cortisol hormone which is predominant during the morning, stimulating the destruction of muscular proteins to convert it into glucose.
SO NOW YOU KNOW…NEVER EVER LEAVE WITHOUT BREAKFAST, YOUR BODY WILL APPRECIATE IT AND WILL COMPENSATE YOU WITH BETTER HEALTH, WHICH IS SOMETHING YOU WILL ENJOY, LIVE A LONGER AND HEALTHIER LIFE WITH YOUR LOVED ONES…BY HAVING AN EARLY BREAKFAST, YOU WILL HAVE ENOUGH ENERGY, WHICH WILL HELP YOUR MIND WORK FASTER, YOUR THOUGHTS BECOME MORE SPONTANEOUS, YOUR BODY RELAXED, WITH BETTER MOVEMENT CAPABILITIES AND LOGICALLY…YOUR STRESS WILL REDUCE.
Source: Dr. Daniela Jakubowic (Endocrinologist)
Translated by: Anjana Lachman, certified medical translator, Language Line University of California