If you haven't heard of intermittent fasting, here's the deal. Instead of 3 meals a day, you just eat 2 - lunch and dinner. Boom... you're intermittent fasting. To be more precise, your feed window is from noon to 8 PM. Your fasting cycle is from 8 PM till noon the following day. Why should you do it? A typical meal results in food energy circulating in your blood for about 8 hours. During this period the body will not tap into fat stores for energy. So, when you eat 3 meals a day, you're always in food energy mode. Intermittent fasting provides your body with a regular window (morning) when it has to switch over into fat-burning mode to get the energy it needs.
It's a similar concept to exercise. Move it or lose it. The body has this vast energy storage system - fat. It wants to be used. If we never use it, the body isn't happy. It makes sense that our bodies were designed for intermittent fasting. Primal man didn't have a refrigerator. When he awoke there was nothing to eat. Only after spending the morning hunting and gathering was he rewarded with a meal.
Intermittent fasting improves insulin sensitivity, increases the production of growth hormone, initiates autophagy (cell repair), and increases BDNF (brain derived neurotropic factor). I found several lifestyle benefits when I implemented intermittent fasting. It simplified meal making. I had always found breakfast problematic. I wasn't really hungry. I just ate because I thought that was the thing to do. Plus, it was hard to find healthy breakfast foods. Most of them are carb disasters. With intermittent fasting I cook only once (dinner). Lunch is leftovers. Done.
You've undoubtedly been beaten over the head by the phrase "breakfast is the most important meal of the day". Maybe I'll be covering that in a future Fitness Myth post. But for now, don't give it another thought. Intermittent fasting is healthy... and it will make your life easier.