The Case for Skipping Breakfast

#MotivationMonday! Some new info on an old myth.

Ever since we were kids, we’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast leads to low energy or an inability to perform your daily tasks as efficiently…or so we were told. It turns out that a lot of the studies we followed as kids were funded by the food industry, for example here and here. Here are some opposing ideas as to why you should be ok with skipping on the eggs and bacon…

Reasons to quit
Increased Hunger

Unless you’re trying to put on weight, eating breakfast will likely only make you hungrier throughout the day, causing you to eat more than you would’ve had you skipped breakfast.

No Metabolism Increase

Supposedly, one of the biggest benefits was that breakfast would boost your metabolism and start your day off on an energetic note. This has been proven to be untrue. In fact, the idea that not eating will slow your metabolism has also been proven to be false. If you’re someone who’s active and eating somewhat healthy meals for lunch and dinner, your metabolism will be just fine.

It’s often Unhealthy

A lot of people’s idea of breakfast is a bowl of sugar-laden cereal, a carbohydrate-bomb of a bagel or fatty meats cooked in oil. The bottom line is that the food you’re consuming for breakfast is typically not very good for you, so skipping it will eliminate the need to digest it later.

…What to do instead

Drink a cup of coffee in the morning. The caffeine will give you a boost of energy and also begin to stimulate your metabolism for the day. Also try starting your day with a large glass of water as that will fill your stomach and provide you with a natural boost of energy.

…”But I LOVE breakfast”

If you’ve already established a breakfast loving lifestyle, that’s completely fine. There’s no reason to completely stop eating breakfast. This is for people who feel like they need to be adopting their lifestyle to be more breakfast-friendly.

Ultimately, if you wake up hungry, eat something nutritious. If you wake up and you’re not hungry at all, don’t pack in some food that you don’t actually want just because your 2nd grade teacher told you that not eating breakfast would make you stupid.

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