In this article I am going to outline 9 reasons why you should not eat breakfast.
Following my last article debunking some of the common myths around skipping breakfast, I thought of a few very good reasons why it might be highly convenient to not eat breakfast at all.
1. Breakfast takes time.
Preparing breakfast in the morning does take a little bit of time. If you’re wolfing down cereal with milk, it might take about 5-10 minutes in a rush, longer if you read the newspaper or check your Facebook news feed while eating.
If you prefer to cook something healthy like eggs and vegetables then the whole process may take up to 20-30 minutes, longer if you’re cooking for a family.
2. Skipping breakfast may help you lose weight.
Despite what you may have heard, skipping breakfast may actually help you lose weight. Short-term fasting lowers blood sugar, insulin and increases growth hormone (a fat burning hormone, among other things).
However, lunch and dinner must be healthy meals. If you reach for a burger and a soda at lunch, and then a pizza for dinner, this obviously won’t work.
3. Breakfast makes eating healthy more complicated.
If you have ever tried to follow the 5-6 meals per day plan touted by many so-called “experts”, then you have probably noticed how hard it can be to come up with something healthy and interesting to eat, all the time.
Well, if you take breakfast out of the equation, it is one less healthy meal to worry about.
4. Breakfast doesn’t increase your metabolism.
In contrast to conventional wisdom, eating breakfast (or frequent eating in general) does not increase metabolism. This is an assumption that was never based on any sound science, and has been disproven.
5. Eating fewer meals may help prevent colon cancer.
Three studies I found have discovered an association between frequent eating and colon cancer. These studies don’t really “prove” anything, but until the controlled trials are performed I’d like to err on the side of caution.
If those studies are correct, eating one less meal per day by skipping breakfast might reduce your risk of colon cancer (the third most common cancer in the world).
6. Our ancestors probably did not eat breakfast.
Honestly, it doesn’t make a lot of evolutionary sense that our ancestors ate breakfast. I’m no anthropologist, but I think it’s much more likely that they fasted during the day while hunting, and then ate big meals at night.
7. Eating breakfast will not improve your energy levels.
Myself, and a lot of people, report having increased energy levels when skipping breakfast. When I don’t eat anything in the morning, I find that my performance in the gym is increased and I have more energy for the rest of the day as well.
This does take some getting used to though.
8. Breakfast contains calories.
Breakfast contains calories. Assuming that everything else stays the same, eliminating one daily meal will lead to a lower total amount of calories consumed. However, most people will partially compensate for those calories during lunch and dinner.
9. Skipping breakfast is easier than you may think.
Before I read about intermittent fasting, I was always ravenously hungry in the morning and couldn’t possibly imagine not eating breakfast.
However, I got used to it very quickly. A glass of water and a cup of coffee in the morning, and my hunger vanishes. Used correctly, skipping breakfast can be an easy way to cut back on calories.
If you find it tedious to prepare breakfast every morning, or that you simple don’t have an appetite until lunch, then there’s no need to feel guilty. Breakfast is not essential.
Every individual should figure out a lifestyle that works well for them and is sustainable in the long run. For some people, breakfast may be part of that. For others, breakfast is inconvenient and unnecessary.