Do You Need To Eat Breakfast To Lose Weight
By now, you’ve probably heard the old myth that “eating breakfast will keep your metabolism in fat burning mode”.
Or that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
But when it comes to weight loss, does it really matter?
Well here comes the most common answer to all things health and fitness:
When it comes to breakfast, it’s going to depend on a few things:
- Do you actually like eating breakfast?
- Are you hungry as soon as you wake or do you prefer to wait a while?
- Do you train/do performance sports first thing in your day?
- Are you capable of being active/working on an empty stomach?
For a lot of people, you can wake up ready to eat the house down, so for you, eating breakfast is optimal.
Because we don’t want you getting Hangry so it’s much better to have you fed.
It’s also a question of, do you perform well on an empty stomach? That’s in regards to gym/sports or even work in the morning.
If you feel that you need to have food in you to perform your best, then by all means eat breakfast.
Breakfast for Weight Loss?
When it comes to weight loss, the sole determinant of whether or not you lose weight is if you’ve created a calorie deficit (your energy in is less than you energy out – this can be a combination of a reduced food intake along with an increased energy output through exercises/activities).
When looking at breakfast or no breakfast for weight loss, we cannot look at just one meal.
Instead, we must look at the entire days/weeks calorie intake.
At the end of the day, each meal is additional calories. Some people operate better by keeping calories for later in the day, others prefer to spread them out.
So whether or not you eat breakfast or not, it will always be about your own individual preference.
Not by what some magical diet tells you.
If by skipping breakfast you save calories which aid you in creating a calorie deficit, then it can be done.
But only ever do so if it actually suits you.
If you’re irritable, cranky and lethargic due to no breakfast, then maybe don’t go hungry.
But if you feel like you perform fine, can easily breeze through until later in the morning/lunchtime then it can be a tool you can use to control your calories.