In Gwyneth Paltrow's new site she gives nutrition advice.
She recently said that a person should try to go 12 hours between finishing dinner and beginning breakfast.
She states that breakfast should be a "break from the fast" (12+ hours) to allow the system to rest and detoxify.
What do you think of this concept?
-- Sarah (last name unknown)
Via the blog
Gwyneth didn't have much nutritional credibility with me earlier this year when she blogged about the health miracles of detoxing. Let's find out if she has redeemed herself with her latest batch of advice.
No need for a drumroll -- the answer is NO, she has not redeemed herself.
The number of hours that pass between your last bite of food prior to hitting the sack and waking up the next morning are irrelevant.
There is nothing magical about twelve hours. Eating breakfast nine hours after finishing dinner has no negative effects on health or digestion.
Let's assume you had a late snack at 11:30 PM and went to bed an hour later, at 12:30 AM. Eight hours later (at 8:30 AM) you wake up. I find it absolutely ridiculous to expect you to wait three hours to eat breakfast!
If anything, by the time you have your first morsel of food, you'll be so famished you'll overeat.
I would much rather you focus on what you're eating for breakfast. Waiting twelve hours to load up on a breakfast low in fiber and nutrients but high in added sugars and calories makes no sense.
My other concern with this "health halo" surrounding fasting and spending hours without eating is that it is a half step away from glorifying anorexia nervosa.
Where did celebrities get the idea that an Oscar and a health credential are the same thing?