Updated: Nov 14, 2018
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I think most people would benefit from skipping breakfast. Now before I rail against “the most important meal of the day,” let’s list the usual arguments, fired from the pro-breakfast canon:
Breakfast gets the metabolism going, and skipping it damages your metabolic rate, hence, you will gain weight.
You’ll lose muscle mass and end up looking like a withered prune. You may even be described as “scrote-like.”
Without breakfast, you’ll have no energy to workout.
Without breakfast, you’ll be permanently hungry, which will ultimately lead to extreme eating habits, usually involving a 24-hour McDonald’s.
Who doesn’t love a bit of conventionally accepted wisdom? I laboured under the above “wisdom” for 37 years, until one day I made an interesting discovery… (caps lock engage). NONE OF IT WAS TRUE.
I began Intermittent Fasting (eating all my food between 12pm and 6pm) about one year ago, and I have to say, it took my nutritional perspectives by the shoulders, and gave them a bloody good shake. [I’ve written a few blogs about IF – if you want to check them out, click here or here.) Back to the plot… I’d now like to compare the conventional wisdom with my empirical findings.
1) Breakfast to keep metabolic rate healthy? Computer says NO. I’ve seen no change in my metabolic rate. Even if it did slow down, because I’m eating less food overall, I haven’t seen any negative physical changes. My body fat percentages have remained constant – if not a little bit more whippetier (a made up word used to describe the act of getting shredded like a whippet).
2) Skipping breakfast turns you into a withered little prune child? Computer says NO. Despite eating 40% less food, I’ve yet to be described as “scrote-like.”
3) No energy for morning workout? Computer says NO. I try to do a morning run, and then go for something a bit more savage. Both of these are done on an empty tank. Any lethargy I do feel is always coz I lack sleep, rather than food. Whenever I get a good night of s (which for me is 5 hours of the most vile, broken, acidic, rancid, restless, vom you could ever imagine), I actually feel more zesty. More vivacious. I have lead in my pencil, and spunk in my trunk (that came out wrong). I feel GOOD. I will say, that this could just be the placebo effect as my pro-IF mind goes hunting for the benefits.
4) No breakfast means hunger and uncontrollable cravings. Computer says FAAAAARK NO!!! I have experienced the absolute opposite. In the first week, I was hungry, but now, I rule my hunger with a fist of iron – a fist I never used to possess. Ramadan would be a walk in the park.
I advocated Intermittent Fasting to the trainers. Many have had similar experiences, nad plenty have gone back to the conventional style of eating. I think this speaks to a truth about IF – it’s not for everyone. For some, the culture of eating 3 square meals a day is too richly engrained. For others, IF is an extremely uncomfortable experience. For you guys, don’t do it. We homo sapiens are such a richly diverse herd of swine. What may be right for t’wun, may not be right t’were other.
You certainly don’t have to do it to get results. A conventional eating pattern combining real food and sound movement still unlocks incredible results. Tens of thousands of people can attest to that. I just wanted to throw it out there, as it helped me tremendously. If you experience the same, it could be a game changer, and if not, as they say in Bordeaux… C’est. La. Vie.
If you do decide to give it a go, make a commitment of one week before you pass judgement. Within a week, your appetite should fall into line.
In my experience, when it comes to food – and life in general – discipline, denying my appetite(s), and consuming less have all helped me tremendously. I hope they can help you too.