5 Surprising Reasons Cutting Out Breakfast Is Healthy For You

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The trend of cutting out breakfast is a hot trend right now. Skipping breakfast, also known as intermittent fasting or IF, challenges a lot of long-held assumptions around diet and weight loss.


If you’ve never heard of IF, it’s basically the practice of abstaining from all but water for a period of anywhere from 12-36 hours to help with the goals associated with fat loss and health in general. Basically IF has a few versions, but they all follow a designated period each day where you consume no calories.


Here are 5 surprising reasons skipping breakfast can be healthy for you:


1. Breakfast is overrated

After an overnight fast, your body is in the prime fat-burning state. There are a few reasons for this… The main reason is due to your insulin levels being low. When insulin is low, you burn fat more effectively. When you eat carbs insulin becomes elevated, which means fat burning comes to a sudden halt. Therefore the last thing you want to do is start your day with gluten-loaded cereal, concentrated orange juice and nutrient depleted toast.


Growth hormone is also released when skipping breakfast, which means more fat loss and more muscle growth for all of us. Another important thing to note, when you eat first thing in the morning you take yourself from a sympathetic nervous system into a parasympathetic nervous system. That means you go from being productive to entering a foggy, brain-dead state. (Hence the 3 cups of coffee by 10am for most people)


Also, the cereal industry is a multi-BILLION dollar industry. Do you really think they are going to let us believe that skipping breakfast can be a GOOD thing!? Magazines and weight loss companies have told us for years “NEVER skip breakfast.”


So most people are led to believe they need to be a good boy or girl and follow the rules. But the truth is, you often take your body from a fat-burning state to a fat-storing state.

2. Skipping a meal won’t cause starvation

‘Skipping meals causes starvation.’ I have said this one to clients hundreds of times over the last 10 years. However here’s the reality – we are designed to go for periods where we don’t eat. You will not lose muscle or store body fat from fasting.


This is complete BS, manufactured by the supplement companies. Years ago they figured out that they could make lots of money pushing bodybuilding powders onto people by convincing them they need to eat every three hours. But this is complete BS… According to studies your metabolic rate is not negatively affected from complete fasting for 60-92 hours!


So ignore the myth that you need to eat every 3 hours to avoid “burning muscle and storing fat”


3. Your digestive system will thank you

Your digestion is one of the most underrated factors when it comes to health.


Whatever your fitness goals – fat loss, muscle gain, more energy, better looking skin and eyes, boost you immune system – it all starts and ends with gut health. Think about it – if the food you consume is not digesting, as in it is rotting or fermenting – how healthy can you be? All diseases and problems start in the gut. If you have poor gut health, you will never function at 100% or lose fat and build muscle at an efficient rate.


My digestion improved OUT OF SIGHT once I began fasting for 14-18 hours per day. I skipped the “5-8 meals per day” that the fitness magazines promote and simply ate 3 or 4 larger meals. It gave my system a chance to rest and recover, instead of always trying to process my last meal.


4. You’ll get more done

Perhaps your office is insanely busy first thing in the morning. Or you have meals to prepare and kids to rush off to school each morning. The thought of allocating extra time to prepare and eat a meal can be a burden.


With IF it’s simple – wake up, and get straight into your tasks. As long as you are hydrated (and caffeinated if you need) you can power through without a meal for the first few hours. Not only do you save time from not stopping to eat, most of my clients report back saying they feel more focused and switched on when they fast.


5. You’ll stop emotional eating

Most people have never actually experienced true hunger. What they think is hunger is generally boredom, loneliness or some other emotion. Ever wonder why you overeat when you are either ridiculously happy like on Christmas day or your birthday? Or have you thought about why you can demolish 3 blocks of chocolate after the nasty break up?


Well that is your emotions controlling your mouth, and not real hunger. The most surprising benefit people report back when they start fasting is a new found awareness of what causes them to eat. Fasting is a pretty quick way to find what your eating motivators actually are. I never realized that a lot of the time I was eating out of boredom, or fatigue, and not out of a physical need.


Before you can create change, awareness is key, and this is a great insight as to why you’re actually eating.


My advice on fasting? Try it.

You will be more productive, can enjoy larger meals, and don’t have to worry about eating every 3 hours. You’ll also get leaner and improve your body shape.