by Matt Weik
How many times have you heard this when you are maintaining a healthy weight or want to see some kind of weight loss that you need for breakfast? That if you skip breakfast you will slow down your metabolism, go blind in one eye, lose all your gains and die alone? Ok, that may be a stretch, but you understand what it's about.
The fact is that much of what you hear and see online when it comes to whether you should have breakfast or skip breakfast is a bunch of BS. Here's what you need to know so you can make the best decision for YOU.
If you skip breakfast, you won't get fat
In a study conducted by Cornell University, the researchers observed what your total calorie consumption would be if you skipped breakfast, and the results may surprise you. According to the data, the study participants actually had a 408 calorie deficit at the end of the day they would skip breakfast.
Obviously, this was an average, and your mileage may vary if you skip breakfast. However, the overall results showed that your net calorie intake at the end of the day may be less than your maintenance costs if you skip breakfast. This daily deficit enables you to lose weight and body fat.
Sure, during lunch and dinner, individuals may have consumed more food than normal if they skipped breakfast, but the network at the end of the day still contained fewer calories than what they would have consumed if they had breakfast in the morning. Most people assume that if you do not have breakfast you will go hungry at lunchtime and enjoy everything and everything that you can do. According to the research, this does not seem to be the case.
Are you kissing your spinning metabolism goodbye?
No, your metabolism will not sing the Post Malone song. If you skip breakfast, your metabolism will suddenly stop using the brakes and leave you with a spare wheel around your waist and keep you dry. It is more than likely that this is due to your poor lifestyle and eating habits – not the fact that you chose to skip breakfast.
The opposite is also not the case, if you have breakfast, your metabolism will not suddenly get going and body fat will melt. Whether you have breakfast in the morning or get up, skip breakfast, and go out the door, research surprisingly shows that there is no difference at all between your metabolism and the number of calories you burn throughout the day.
Where are you going from here
Breakfast … skip breakfast …? At the end of the day, your personal preferences matter. How do you feel better in the morning? If you have breakfast and feel like it gives you energy, definitely eat breakfast. If you are not a morning person and always have enough time to go to school or the office, you may want to skip breakfast.
Or, if you are like me … maybe try temporary fasting? I love the fact that by implementing intermittent fasting (IF) in my daily schedule, I can stay much more productive throughout the day. With intermittent fasting, you fast for 16 hours and then treat yourself to an eight-hour meal window.
As I mentioned above, there is no advantage in having breakfast or deciding to skip breakfast. So I skip breakfast for myself and start my day running instead of preparing breakfast for myself, sitting down, eating, cleaning up, and then going to the office. Intermittent fasting means I can get up and go every morning without stopping.
How I split my day is as follows. The first meal of my day is lunch at noon. I break the fast there. Then I give myself until 8 p.m. to consume all of my meals. I start fasting once at 8 p.m. The reason why I stop fasting at 8:00 p.m. is simple: I want to use the hours that I sleep as the main part of my fasting. That way I don't miss food and I don't think of food to the point where I crave it and break my fast. So if you sleep eight hours every night, half of your fasting is done. It makes the process a lot easier.
There are even some advantages to implementing an intermittent fasting lifestyle. One of them is the maintenance of lean muscle tissue. A study conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago found that those who fasted intermittently while trying to lose weight could keep more of their muscle mass than on a diet that only reduced the total amount of calories consumed.
Another benefit of intermittent fasting is that you can increase weight loss by implementing the strategy – which is backed up by research from the University of Aberdeen.
Whether you're looking for the weight loss benefits of intermittent fasting or the productivity boost, the fact that you can skip breakfast and still get benefits should be exciting for most people. To sum up, as the research based on my information shows, the large scheme of things does not depend largely on whether you chose breakfast or skipped breakfast. But overall, the choice is yours.