Is Skipping Breakfast Bad?
Breakfast has been regarded as the so-called king of all meals for quite some time now. Some people believe that breakfast is supposed to start your day off right and help you stay focused. I for one don’t believe in all of these overhyped benefits. I am going to share with you why skipping breakfast isn’t bad at all, and how skipping breakfast can provide more benefits than harms.
Where it all started.
The idea of breakfast all got started by cereal companies that wanted to promote their products and make more money. Shocking right?
The idea was actually very clever. Saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is easy for people to believe.
This is because your body has been fasting overnight and it is important to start the day off right and “break the fast.” Logically this would make sense to many people.
It is easy to believe that skipping breakfast will cause you to be drowsy, less productive, and totally wreck your metabolism. Therefore, breakfast companies have really been able to grow and implant these false ideas even deeper into our minds.
The Hunter and Gather Days
Our bodies were not designed to eat breakfast. If they were, then why haven’t our ancient ancestors been eating breakfast since the beginning of time?
In the hunter and gather days people were always moving around with the animals looking for their next big kill. The problem was that these kills did not come around that often, and therefore our ancestors survived on fewer meals and less calories.
In today’s world, there is an overabundance of food. We don’t have to worry about where our next meal is going to come from, and we don’t have to go running around looking for food.
This easily accessible abundance of food has caused us to exercise less and eat more, which has lead to the obesity problem in America.
Benefits of skipping breakfast
The first major benefit of skipping breakfast is that it is an easy way to reduce calories. The idea that breakfast boosts your metabolism is completely false.
By not eating breakfast, you will be able to eat a bigger dinner or eat out and enjoy a meal with your friends. Another big value of avoiding breakfast is that it will raise your human growth hormone levels.
HGH is one of the primary fat loss and muscle building hormones in the body. When you first wake up in the morning, your HGH levels are very high.
Your HGH levels lower when you eat breakfast and your insulin levels rise. By pushing back your first meal of the day, you can keep your HGH levels high and burn more body fat as well as build more muscle.
Skipping breakfast also makes you more alert and focused believe it or not. This is something that you must try and experience for yourself.
I have definitely noticed my focus go up after I started skipping breakfast. I even started getting better grades on my tests.
I’m sure that you’ve heard some of your teachers tell you to eat a good breakfast the day of an important test. I used to believe that, but now that idea just seems silly to me.
How to schedule your other meals for maximum results
I recommend doing a 14-16 hour fast everyday. This idea is the Lean Gains method popularized by Martin Berkhan.
It basically is just not eating breakfast and having your first meal of the day about four hours after you wake up. An example would be waking up around eight, eating your first meal at noon, your second meal at four, and having your final meal at eight.
Of course you do not have to eat three meals a day if you don’t want to. You can eat as many times as you want to during that 8-10 hour feeding window.
Meal frequency does not matter and eating six meals a day won’t raise your metabolism. In the end, skipping breakfast won’t hurt you, and it is a great way to get and stay lean.