Breakfast or No Breakfast?

Back in the day when I used to trawl the T-Nation forum for training and nutrition advice I was convinced that breakfast was the most important meal of the day.

You HAD to eat it “It fire ups your metabolism bro”.

I’d even get a bit antsy if for some reason I couldn’t get a proper breakfast in ‘cos clearly all my gains would go out the window if I missed that one meal.

But here’s the truth…

Most of the time it doesn’t really matter if you eat breakfast or not and in some cases – especially when it comes to losing body fat – it could work better for you NOT to have breakfast.

Like if you’re in calorie deficit but you don’t feel hungry first thing in the morning, eating when you’re not hungry might be kind of a waste of calories.

Plus you’re in a deficit so by skipping breakfast you can save some calories for later in the day or for before/after training when your body needs the nutrients more.

On the other hand if you’re trying to build muscle and you need to fit a lot of calories into your day or you wake up every morning starving and in dire need of some food to give you the energy to get going then it’s probably best to make sure that you DO have breakfast.

It’s just about doing what works for you.

I did a very brief stint working in an embroidery factory in Preston and I had to be in work for 5am which meant setting off just after 4am, imagine your alarm going off at 3.45am every day.

Anyway . . . I obviously wasn’t going to cook breakfast at half three in the morning so to make life easy for myself I just didn’t eat ‘til I had my first break at about 10am ‘cos thats what worked for me in that particular situation.

I still made sure I was in a calorie surplus so I could hit my goal of building muscle and that was all that really mattered.

Getting your nutrition right is about making it easy and sustainable.

And that means you can and should be flexible – eat breakfast when it works for you and if it doesn’t work for you don’t.

The only thing that has to remain a constant is either a calorie deficit (for fat loss) or a calorie surplus (for muscle building).

Don’t over complicate things.

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Mike Waywell