Breakfast is the biggest waste of time. I can’t even remember the last time I had breakfast. I don’t know how anyone could wake up every single morning and eat breakfast. It makes no sense to me.
You have to get up earlier, so you get less sleep. You have to prepare everything, which means lots of effort. Then you have to take the time to eat. Once you’re done with everything, you have to clean up. Then you can finally start your day.
Why waste the time? Why put yourself through this torture?
What an unproductive way to start a day. When can you finally get things done?
Why’s breakfast a waste of time?
There are better things to do first thing in the morning.
Why would you want to stress about cooking food while half asleep?
I would much rather get an extra hour of valuable sleep instead of waking up early to fill myself up like a slob. Sleep is the most important part of the equation and nobody ever talks about it. We all throw out empty phrases and we brag about how sleep is for the weak. Shut up. Sleep is for the strong, you jackasses. You need sleep to function or else you’re going to walk around like a mindless zombie.
[Must read: How-to get a solid sleep!]
You don’t need breakfast.
No, breakfast is NOT the most important meal of the day. We’ve all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day forever. So we just believed this and assumed it to be true.
Do you have any proof that this is the case? Have you ever challenged this axiom? There are different ways to eat. While there are benefits to consuming a ton of protein first thing in the morning, this isn’t the only way to start your day. You don’t have to blindly follow this breakfast rule.
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What should you do instead of eating breakfast?
Do something productive!
Why waste the time first thing in the morning? Start your day off by going straight to the gym or straight to work.
The most stressful part of my morning is figuring out where to grab my coffee from. Once I have a coffee, I get to work. I usually attend a BJJ class or a kettlebell class. I have my container of BCAAs ready in my bag at all times. The last thing I think about is eating in the morning.
When I was in college, I used to have to wake up an hour earlier just to prepare food. I regret losing all of that valuable sleep. Sleep comes first now.
I swear by coffee. There’s nothing better than a caffeine buzz first thing in the morning.
There are many health benefits to drinking coffee. The obvious one is the buzz! I wake up, drink a coffee, and start writing. I love caffeine and am a huge fan of black coffee. This always you to remain in the fasted state and still have energy to attack the day. Sure as hell beats being stuffed.
Is there any science behind skipping breakfast?
I’ve been researching this stuff for years because I always hate traditional fitness rules.
Dr. Sara Solomon put together an excellent overview on intermittent fasting. I had to mention the following:
“No, your metabolism will not slow down and you will not enter into starvation mode if you fast. It is ludicrous to equate starvation to skipping breakfast, not eating for 20 hours or even 2 days! According to a 1987 study by Nair KS, et al, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the earliest evidence of a lowered metabolic rate in response to fasting occurs after 60 hours (with an 8% drop in resting metabolic rate).”
According to this piece on Dynamic Duo training:
“This structure controls insulin and blood sugar levels, and maximizes fat burning hormones and cellular factors (GH, cAMP) during the day. This ensures that you are optimally burning fat for a large portion of the day. It also improves energy and cognitive function.
The nightly feast maximizes muscle building hormones and cellular factors (cGMP, mTOR). And with depleted energy reserves and damaged muscles from training, you’ll certainly be ready for a chow down, throw down.”
Martin Berkhan, the king of intermittent fasting from Lean Gains:
“My research has indicated that the ideal state of fat burning is reached after 12-18 hours of fasting. Coupled with high levels of catecholamines, increased blood flow to stubborn regions, and low insulin for a2-receptor inhibition, this time interval is the golden age of stubborn fat mobilization.”
This article shares research on breakfast supposedly boosting your metabolism:
“They found there was no change in metabolism after six weeks between those who ate nothing for breakfast and those who consumed 700 calories before 11am – 350 of these within two hours of waking.”
You can find the results of that study here.
On top of the empirical data, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence on skipping breakfast. Ask around, one of your buddies at the gym might just be a huge fan of skipping breakfast.
Are you ready to say goodbye to breakfast?
[Check out: How you can start intermittent fasting.]
I want you to have one last breakfast tomorrow. This is like the last bang with a girlfriend. This is your last chance to wake up and eat first thing in the morning. Then for a few days, I want you to skip breakfast and have a black coffee or tea or a cup of BCAAs instead. Give it a try and see how it feels.
If you’re stuck, then check out my story on how I stopped eating breakfast for more help. If I could do it, so could you.
There are different theories on how to eat. I subscribe to intermittent fasting and swear by it. This is controversial and your friends will call you stupid. You need to ignore them and trust me on this. Give it a try and see what happens.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” — Eleanor Roosevelt