Dr. Oz Wants Americans to Cancel This Meal

Dr. Oz might be a wildly popular television doctor, but that doesn’t mean he is with controversy. He’s made some pretty lofty medical claims on television that have garnered the side-eye from other physicians. His endorsement of reikis notwithstanding, Dr. Oz has made another controversial suggestion recently. He wants all of America to cancel breakfast, and everyone is talking about it. Can we, as a society, really cancel an entire meal?

Dr. Oz Wants to Cancel Breakfast

Dr. Oz dulled out some interesting advice to TMZ camera crews. He suggested that everyone should be canceling breakfast and brunching instead.  The doctor claims that people don’t actually need to eat as soon as they get out of bed. Instead, he suggests everyone waits a few hours until they truly feel hungry before chowing down on their very first meal of the day. His advice is in stark contrast to what most people have grown up believing. Pretty much everyone has heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.


Dr. Oz claims that the hubbub about breakfast is actually a marketing ploy and that the human body doesn’t need to eat immediately upon waking up. So who created this marketing scandal? Dr. Oz didn’t give any thoughts on that, but cereal purveyors are likely the ones who would benefit the most from forcing everyone to believe breakfast is the right way to kickstart the day.

What does Dr. Oz suggest if you actually feel hungry immediately upon waking up?

So what happens if you feel hungry the second you open your eyes? Since Dr. Oz suggests everyone should wait until they actually feel hungry to eat, it would seem those who wake up hungry should indulge in breakfast. The Ivy-league trained doctor doesn’t think that’s a good idea, though. He told TMZ camera crews that most people who feel hungry in the morning aren’t actually hungry. Instead, he suggests it has something to do with what they ate the night before.

Dr. Oz on 'Daily Pop'
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While Dr. Oz didn’t have a ton of time to go into detail, he alleges that eating simple carbs at night, like French fries or potato chips, trigger withdrawal-like symptoms upon waking up. According to Dr. Oz, what you eat at night alters your insulin levels and creates those morning hunger cravings. Keeping your eating clean at night, apparently can help you avoid those early morning hunger pangs. The doctor suggested pushing back the first meal of the day for at least a couple of hours, even if you wake up feeling famished.

Did Dr. Oz sort-of endorse intermittent fasting?

Dr. Oz may not have mentioned intermittent fasting by name when he spoke with TMZ, but what he described sounded a lot like the principle’s morning routine. So, does the doctor recommend the eating plan that has many American’s singing its praises? The answer is a resounding yes. Dr. Oz visited Today to discuss ways to get healthy in 2020, and one of his suggestions was intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting is the process of eating all of your food for a given day within 8 hours, meaning you are fasting for 16 hours a day. Dr. Oz suggested eating between the hours of 11 am and 7 pm during his Today segment, but the diet can be altered to fit your schedule better, as long as you restrict your eating to an 8-hour window of time. Intermittent fasting has been shown to help people lose weight and to control their food consumption. Dr. Oz’s suggestion that we should all cancel breakfast fits in well with his endorsement of intermittent fasting.