5 Awesome Tips To Help You Skip Breakfast

March 25, 2014 | 24 Comments

Hey you wanna know something? I don’t like eating breakfast.

Up until I was about 18 years old, I ate breakfast EVERY SINGLE DAY. And why did I do such a thing?

Well… the reason was simply because I was told to do so. I was told primarily by my mom, by teachers, and by various fitness websites/magazines that breakfast was the most important meal of the day.

I was told to eat breakfast so that I could score high on my SAT exams (that didn’t work out so well). I was told to eat breakfast so that I could boost my metabolism (yeah… whatever). I was told to eat breakfast because Tony the fucking Tiger said I should (hooray for advertising).

Now listen, I’m not against people eating breakfast at all. I know there’s a group of people out there who say they absolutely need to eat something every morning and that’s cool, that’s their choice.

However, there’s another (much larger) group of people out there who only eats breakfast for the same reason I used to eat breakfast, and that’s because they’re told it’s “necessary”. These are people who probably don’t even like breakfast and only eat it because they’re told to do so by authoritative sources.

Well I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to skip breakfast. The importance of breakfast is highly overrated, in fact, I can’t think of any reason to eat breakfast besides the fact that it’s the only time French toast is served.

But just like any habit, it’s going to be hard to just stop cold turkey. For example, if you have a habit of sleeping with cheap hookers every weekend, then it’s going to be hard to just stop all of a sudden.

The same thing goes for skipping breakfast. If you’ve been eating breakfast your entire life, it’s not the easiest thing to just ditch it completely all of a sudden. You need to ease into it and let your body slowly adjust to the fact that you won’t be eating in the morning anymore.

So here are some tips to help you skip breakfast.

Note: Not all of these tips are “scientifically proven.” These are tips that worked well for me in the past and I believe they can help you too. Just give them a shot. What do you have to lose? 🙂

1) Get up and immediately drink a huge glass of water

Obviously the first step is to get out of bed, but after that I want you to immediately drink a HUGE glass of water. You’ve just been asleep and your throat  is probably a little bit dry.

Not only will the water help rehydrate you, but it’ll also help get rid of any immediate hunger pangs that you’re probably having.

2) Drink some coffee or tea

Caffeine has been shown to to suppress appetite, so you definitely don’t have to ditch your morning coffee or tea. However, you should ditch the doughnut you usually eat with it.

Also, if you’re drinking coffee or tea, make sure you’re not adding any calories to it (e.g. sugar or cream). The whole point of skipping breakfast is to avoid calories, so do it’s best to keep your drinks calorie free.

A cup of coffee can really help suppress your appetite in the morning.

3) Do a quick bodyweight  circuit in the morning

Right after you drink your glass of water I want you do the following circuit (just 1 round):

  • 10 push ups
  • 15 jumping jacks
  • 10 bodyweight squats
  • 5 burpees

This quick bodyweight circuit should get your blood pumping. But you might thinking, “Won’t exercising make me even hungrier?

Well… there’s no arguing the logic in that, but if you think about it, the majority of people who eat breakfast do so because they believe they need it to get more energy.

Intense exercise can provide that same boost in energy without the calories.

4) Be productive in the morning

It’s been well documented that people are the most productive in the morning. Pretty much every successful business person in this world gets up earlier to start working.

So why don’t you the same? Get out of bed, but instead of reaching for that box of cereal, go get some studying done if you’re a student or continue working on that project deadline you have at work.

Just do something meaningful and productive.

And even if it’s just for 20 minutes, those will probably be the most important 20 minutes of your entire day. Doing something productive in the morning might seem like a drag, but once you start, you’ll realize that you can actually get a ton of stuff done in the morning.

And after those 20 minutes, you’ll feel so accomplished that you won’t even be thinking about breakfast.

5) Don’t be stupid. Eat breakfast when it matters.

Alright, even though this isn’t a real tip to help you skip breakfast, I just had to put it on the list.

Even though I told you start skipping breakfast, I don’t want you to become a total dick about it.

One thing I hate about introducing new concepts like skipping breakfast to people, is that if they like it, a very small percentage of people will take it to the extreme.

These people will begin skipping breakfast like the plague, and while I want you to skip breakfast, I still want you to eat it when it matters.

What do I mean by this?

Well I’m talking about special occasions where you’re eating breakfast with friends and family.

For example, lets say you’re visiting your girlfriend’s parents and you’re staying overnight at their place and the next morning, you wake up, walk downstairs and see this absolutely unbelievable breakfast spread. I’m talking bacon, scrambled eggs, freshly fried doughnuts, and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Now you’re probably thinking “But Keith said I should skip breakfast so I’ll just kindly tell the mom that I don’t eat breakfast.”

Okay… here’s what I have to say, you’re a dumb ass. Eat the damn bacon and eggs and enjoy it.

The whole point of this article is to get you out of the habit of eating breakfast, but I never want you to skip it forever. If you’re staying at your potential future in-laws house, you shouldn’t skip breakfast, that’s just disrespectful.

The same thing goes for any special occasion where your gathering with friends or family for breakfast. Enjoy your time with them, eat the breakfast, and be happy.

Don’t worry it gets easier

If you’re able to power through the first day of skipping breakfast, then congratulations, a lot of the hard work is already done.  Skipping breakfast is definitely one of those things that gets easier the more you do it over time.

Do you skip breakfast? Let me know how you do it the comments below.

Also be sure to check out my article on intermittent fasting for more breakfast skipping awesomeness.

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  1. I realized that skipping breakfast is something that I got used to really quickly. After a few days it felt really normal. And now I never really eat the usual meals unless it interferes with social gatherings (like the in-laws example you gave).

    Sometimes the hardest part of skipping breakfast or deviating from the usual 3-meals or 6-meals is the people around you throwing words like “anorexia” around haha.

    Part of me is kind of glad that intermittent fasting and calorie restriction will never gain mainstream acceptance. It ensures that physical fitness will always be valued because it’ll stay rare. Selfish of me?

    1. Totally agree David. That’s why I try to avoid telling people I even skip breakfast because there tends to always be some amount of negative criticism involved.

  2. hey keith,

    do u mind posting a video or link to someone doing a bodysquat and a burpee..i have no idea how its done! cheers!

  3. Hi Sean,
    I’ve read your articles-4 Reasons Why You Should Start Skipping Breakfast and also 5 Awesome Tips To Help You Skip Breakfast.
    I wish to comment that I disagree with you.
    Breakfast is meant to feed your brain to start a new day.
    Without it, your body will have to break down muscle cells to compensate and I don’t think that’s worth it.
    Also, your following comment…The whole point of this article is to get you out of the habit of eating breakfast, but I never want you to skip it forever…is not rational because human body tends to get used to doing same routines. Thus, if you don’t eat breakfast then you won’t want to eat it again. Consequently, you’ll be so hungry and eat too much later on and store as fat.

    1. Hey Roj,
      There’s no problem with eating breakfast, but then again, there are no real benefits to eating it as well. As for muscle loss, you definitely won’t lose any muscle mass if you skip breakfast. In fact there are studies showing that any measurable muscle loss doesn’t occur for at least 48 hours of fasting. This is the basis of intermittent fasting where you skip breakfast and only eat a few meals every day.

      As for telling people not to skip breakfast “forever,” my main point with that statement was to tell people to eat breakfast when they are with friends or family or are attending special social events that involve breakfast.

      Hope this clears any confusion

  4. Like Paul Pierce, your words are the truth! Hope you’re a hoop fan, or my reference will make no sense. Haha

  5. Hi, I know this is a silly question since you already said in your article to drink coffee black but can it still count as IF if you drink coffee with a bit of milk and sugar? I am pathetically dependent on food and although so far I have been lucky with my weight I don’t want to have impulses to eat/be cranky when I don’t eat. I am attempting this IF thing but I have been really hungry since 5pm last night when I began. Basically, I cannot stomach coffee without a little milk and sugar in it, I have had two cups today and that is all I have eaten. (1-2 tbs milk, 1-2 teaspoon sugar). Does this mean my fasting doesn’t count? (sorry this is obnoxiously long for the question I actually asked). Thanks!

    1. Adding milk/sugar isn’t going to make or break fat loss.

      The whole point of IF is to abstain from food completely. But if the difference between you failing or succeeding boils down to you having some milk and sugar, then that’s fine.

  6. Ok.so,I’ve read some of your posts here,and I’m totally amazed by how easily you contradict yourself and share things that are WRONG!Breakfast is the most important meal,because it helps you regulate your hormons level like insulin,that have dropped throughout the night and give you the boost of energy to start a day.Unless you provide a scientific proof,or an official study(as you demanded about vegeterianism)I won’t believe a thing you say.And,by the way,breakfast doesn’t make you score better at you SAT,you did wrong because probably you’re stupid.

  7. I totally disagree with this. This is a terrible idea. At least for me, my body, my health, and my goals.

    No.. it’s a terrible idea for everyone. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You should eat big and then make smaller meals until you eat nothing before bed. Pyramid style.

  8. I am so so so glad to read this. I am not a “fitness” person (though want to be more so). My weight has fluctuated throughout my life because of periods of poor eating and lack of exercise.

    However, one thing that has remained absolutely consistent since I was maybe 20 (I’m 45 now), is that I rarely eat breakfast. I hate when people tel me “it’s the most important meal” or “You’ll end up eating more later.”

    This couldn’t be further from the truth for me! I have been thin years on end with no breakfast. I have been heavy years on end with no breakfast.

    ADDITIONALLY, I have always wondered about body differences. For over twenty years I have noticed that I am MORE hungry and eat MORE throughout the day if I eat breakfast. So, I will continue as I have for a couple of decades — tea with a little skim milk (no sugar). Breakfast or no breakfast is NOT the key to my weight issues. Not remotely.

    Thank you!

    1. Thanks Maria, I know so many who feel they “need” to eat breakfast just because that’s what they’re told in the media.

  9. This works for me. I’ve been skipping breakfast for a couple of days now. It all started when I woke up and there wasn’t food in the table or the fridge and I felt lazy to buy something so I made some green tea instead. It’s great! Less daily calorie intake plus I don’t really feel hungry till lunch time. I just drink water when my tummy starts to rumble and keep myself busy to not be tempted to eat 🙂 and not eating breakfast won’t kill you! I know a few people who don’t all their lives because of medical reasons or just their own preference. I used to feel bad about them because of how important breakfast was in life according to what we were told. But hey! They’re not fat and they are one the the most successful people I know.
    I appreciate #5, great to point that out. I guess certain group of people just won’t understand that.

  10. I found this article really late, but I also have a tip that helped me!

    Since I couldn’t cut out breakfast completely from day one (I was used to eating a daily breakfast of fava beans, eggs and bread) So I gradually started lowering my portions.

    First I removed bread from the breakfast, then I just ate eggs, then switched to oatmeal, then a cucumber, to finally being able to cut it out completely!

    Change takes time, but it is bound to come!

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