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.
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.