I eat breakfast each morning. However, there are plenty of people who don’t and still feel awesome and have a great looking body. While breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, there are those that swear by skipping it as a way to lose weight and get lean. In fact, it seems that many of the reasons why people say that breakfast is a must health-wise are unfounded.
If you are the sort of person who hates eating breakfast, this post is for you. Here are a few great reasons why you should not eat breakfast.
1. Breakfast Is Often Far From Healthy
Whether breakfast is an important meal to eat may not be the most crucial issue. The quality of your breakfast is. For many people, it would be better to skip what they call breakfast. It is often far from healthy.
High calorie cereals, refined flour pastries, sugar laden coffee are just a few of the common bad dishes that people eat for breakfast. There’s a good chance that your breakfast contains some of these bad things too.
If this is the case, why not just skip this meal? Of course, if you make the effort to prepare a good meal, this wouldn’t be a problem.
2. You Need To Wake Up Early
Making breakfast takes time and this means that you need to wake up earlier and get less sleep. Not only is this annoying, but sleeping enough is important for weight loss and health. So, you will need to go to bed earlier the night before.
3. Breakfast Doesn’t Really Increase Your Metabolism
One of the biggest claims about the usefulness of breakfast is that it increases your metabolism. This is all part of the meal frequency debate, better known as the 5-6 meals a day claim (which I used to believe myself, until I learned otherwise) which has been proven to be false by various studies.
Eating breakfast doesn’t increase your metabolism and skipping it doesn’t lower it. If you eat certain foods in your breakfast, protein rich foods, in particular, this may give you a slight boost, but this is true for any meal.
4. Eating Breakfast May Make You Hungrier
You can find plenty of people online complaining that eating breakfast doesn’t make them feel full, but the opposite: they feel hungry very shortly after. This isn’t something that happens to everyone, but it does seem common enough. Here is a lengthy explanation why this may happen.
If you feel hungry an hour or so after breakfast, provided it is a solid one, you may be better off skipping it. This will keep your calorie total down and make weight loss easier.
5. Breakfast May Not Make You More Focused
We’ve all been told, as children and teens, that we need to eat a good breakfast before school to be able to study well. There are a number of studies that show that children and adolescents who eat breakfast tend to do better in school than those that don’t.
In adults, the picture may be different. As this study shows, the cognitive function of adults is not adversely affected by calorie deprivation for a period of up to 2 days. This means that skipping breakfast should do nothing to harm your academic achievements. In fact, some people skip breakfast on purpose before tests as they think better without it.
Should You Skip Breakfast?
I am not saying that breakfast is now to be avoided. All I’m saying is that breakfast may not be as crucial as some claim. If you feel that you do better without it, then skip it. You can still lose weight without it. So, if you like eating breakfast continue to do so. If you don’t, don’t force yourself.