Hey guys! Marcus from Fitness Room here!
It’s typical to hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is often claimed to aid in losing weight and is associated with overall healthier people. The truth is that it actually makes no difference. Eating breakfast is entirely up to you, and here’s why.
If you look at what’s important with your diet, your total calorie intake for the day is the most important thing. When you get those calories during the day is not a high priority, unless you’re nailing everything else first.
If you’re someone who likes to have breakfast, then keep doing it! If having breakfast is difficult due to work or you just don’t have much of an appetite in the morning, skipping breakfast is completely fine.
Just make sure that either way, you’re keeping snacking to a minimum. If you eat breakfast, do your best not to snack late at night. If you skip breakfast, do your best not to snack throughout the day or up until your first main meal.
As for the associations with breakfast and healthier people, the studies don’t show that eating breakfast causes people to become healthier. It’s just that people who eat breakfast tend to be people who have healthier lifestyle habits anyway.
Personally when I was losing weight, I didn’t start my eating until around 2PM and stopped at 8PM. I never had much of an appetite in the morning and felt physically/mentally fine not having food until later.
Now that I’m trying to build more muscle over the next 12 months, I’ve begun starting my eating around mid morning. This is because I need more calories to fuel and recover from harder sessions in the gym, and obviously it doesn’t feel really comfortable cramming a day’s worth of food into 6 hours!
To sum up, do whatever suits your schedule and makes you feel best. As long as you’re putting in the effort in the gym and nailing your daily calories, you’ll do well. Thanks guys!