I love to eat. I used to look forward to waking up because I could eat. Who doesn’t enjoy breakfast?
With that being said, I no longer eat breakfast… EVER! Since I got into intermittent fasting, I stopped eating breakfast. I now wake up, drink coffee/water, do work and hit the gym on an empty stomach. I don’t eat until the afternoon.
You might be thinking: you’re crazy!
Hear me out…
I believe in an unconventional life where you try new things and have some fun. I also believe in mastering your fitness life when you suck at following rules. This is why I love intermittent fasting.
Not all of us want to count calories and make the sacrifices to get an 8 pack. It doesn’t mean that we don’t want to look sexy and feeling amazing.
You know the old bodybuilding rules. The really annoying and impossible-to-follow ones:
- Eat a meal every 2 hours.
- No food after 6pm.
- Never drink.
- Go to sleep at the same time.
These rules all suck. Who the hell actually follows this? Who can really eat every two hours? Not me. That’s for sure.
Things changed around the summer of 2012. I heard about a thing called intermittent fasting. I didn’t think that real people did this until I found out that my buddy Omar had already been doing this. He showed me that it’s totally possible. Now I’m hooked.
I’ve really changed how I eat over the years. I now don’t even think about breakfast.
How did this former breakfast lover get into intermittent fasting?
I have an open mind when it comes to self-improvement. I’m willing to try anything if there are proven results out there.
So I tried to skip breakfast. Then around lunch (you know, 5pm), I would get hungry. This hunger would lead to me snapping and eating anything that I could possibly find. Sadly, this was usually fast food.
Finally, I told my friend Omar about this whole IF thing and I was shocked when I found out that he had read about it as well.
The trick was to not snap and eat junk food. Actually, there were many other tricks to help with skipping breakfast.
How did I finally become better at IF?
One day I woke up and did something different.
What did I do? I kept busy. I started writing. I wrote articles. I researched ideas. I drank a few glasses of water. I had some coffee.
Suddenly, a few hours had passed. At that point I attempted a fasted workout. Then it hit me that training fasted isn’t so bad. I now drink 10 grams of BCAA before working out and I feel amazing. I can do a weight session followed by a BJJ class without blinking. I couldn’t even imagine waking up and stressing about preparing food. Eating is the last thing on my mind in the morning. I started writing like an animal and get work done.
What did I do differently? Below are a few quick tips that have worked with me and fasting:
- Eat a ton of protein with your last meal the night before.
- Take your fish oil with the last meal. This helps you feel full longer.
- Stay hydrated in the morning.
- Drink lots of coffee.
- Do something. Don’t sit around looking at the clock. That will make things worse. Use this as an opportunity to be productive in the office or to get work done.
That’s how I got better at fasting and totally forgot about breakfast.
Is fasting all that bad?
Nope. You want to know why? Because you can still drink your coffee! You can also still drink water and stay hydrated.
The thought of fasting is horrible. Why? Because we think about it and think about what we can’t have. The trick is to not think about it and stress over food. You’re going to lose your mind if you think about food 24/7. You need to stay busy and forget about it.
When the time comes, you can snap and load up on protein.
There are many different ways to time your meals. Why not try playing around with how and when you eat? You owe it to yourself to try something new.
That’s how a former breakfast lover has managed to now ditch it. Let’s simplify this whole eating thing so that we don’t have to stress about food all of the time. You don’t have to listen to folks that try to force you into thinking that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
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Have you tried intermittent fasting? Do you have any questions?