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We've been taught at an early age to never skip the most important meal of the day: breakfast. How this manifests itself into our daily lives depends entirely on your lifestyle - some of us, always on the go, opt for a shake, while some of us neglect to eat breakfast at all. Does it really matter as much as we've been told to believe? Max Lowery says no.

The 27-year-old former stockbroker-turned-personal trainer gave Business Insider some incredible insight on his theory. "This well-worn saying stems from cereal companies getting you to buy their degraded products back in the early 1900s," he said. "Their strategies were so successful that almost everyone I speak to on the subject repeats the same two myths: that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and/or that skipping breakfast slows down your metabolism."

What you consume in the morning and productivity go hand in hand, although that's not much of a surprise. There isn't a lot of scientific evidence to support this, but recent studies show that "employees with an unhealthy diet were 66 percent more likely to experience productivity loss than those who regularly ate whole grains, fruits and vegetables." A healthy diet starts with breakfast, first and foremost. Not only does it affect your productivity, but it affects your energy going into work, as well: "In a survey of 15,000 people in the U.S. and the U.K., employees with poor nutritional balance reported 21 per percent more sick-related absences."

Lowery is quickly becoming London's most highly sought after personal trainer. As part of his 2 Meal plan, he skips breakfast but later consumes hearty saturated meals. "I stopped eating breakfast four years ago and I haven't looked back since. It's become a part of my lifestyle and I could never go back to eating breakfast again," Lowery told Business Insider. "Not only do I stay under 10% body fat without counting macros or calories, I have more energy than ever, and most surprisingly, I am less hungry. The 11.a.m. mid-morning energy slump is not normal. This helps keep you on one stable energy level all day long."

Lowery is the creator of what he calls the "two-meal day", which essentially skips out on one meal, with breakfast considered the easiest to shed. This taps into a natural fasting period, which leads to many health benefits - according to Telegraph, "These benefits are well-documented and are thought to include a rebooted immune system, more stable energy levels, and even a slowed ageing process. And, most importantly, getting skinny fast: going hungry forces your body to dip into its fat stores for fuel, a process that is entirely natural for the human body but which the modern three-meal day overlooks."

You don't need to skip your first meal of the day if it suits your lifestyle - if you find yourself feeling energized and ready to go after breakfast, then you're doing it right. However, if you've been struggling with feelings of loss of productivity and slowing down after 11 A.M., maybe taking Lowery's advice just might work for you.

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

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