The 8 Powerful Benefits: Skipping Breakfast to Lose Weight Fast

//The 8 Powerful Benefits: Skipping Breakfast to Lose Weight Fast

The 8 Powerful Benefits: Skipping Breakfast to Lose Weight Fast

There’s a lot of controversy going around whether to eat breakfast or not eat breakfast. The classic way to lose weight is to eat frequently, 6-7 times a day of which breakfast is the biggest meal. In my eyes this is not true and there’s more and more research showing this myth being debunked.

I am going to show you the benefits of skipping breakfast and why it might be something for you. If you are and have been struggling to lose weight, this is probably the best method for you to finally succeed. Not only lose weight, but also maintaining it.

First of all, I am not saying that eating breakfast is wrong. Of course not. It’s not that easy. There are different kinds of people and everybody is different. However, if you have been struggling to lose weight quite a while now and you just can’t succeed, you might want to give this a try.

Science In Skipping Breakfast

You probably heard that skipping breakfast causes you to gain weight for several reasons. In a study they state that skipping breakfast is better to lose weight than not skipping breakfast. And instead that skipping breakfast causes you to gain weight because of bad eating habits and obesity that are correlated with it.

According to the US guidelines you should also eat a nutrient rich breakfast, because it has been associated with overweight if you skip it. While consuming breakfast has been correlated with weight loss and maintenance of weight.

However, a recent study shows the that skipping breakfast does not causes you to gain weight at all. In fact, skipping breakfast daily for 4 weeks leads to a reduction in body weight.

This study shows why eating breakfast is not as important as you have been told. Because breakfast eaters tend to move around more during the day they tend to burn more calories.

More and more it starts to look like that science shows: breakfast may just be another meal.

So let’s dive into the benefits of skipping breakfast.

Science Aside, What Does The Practice Give You

I truly believe that breakfast is highly overrated. If you take a look at how we evolved, this will give you a clear vision of why I think that way. 1000’s of years ago we did not have food when we wanted it. We had to hunt for our food and usually ate big meals in the evening. There was no luxury such as breakfast.

In fact, breakfast is a relatively recent phenomenon. In my opinion it is the cause of the food industry wanting to increase their profits.

Skipping breakfast allows you to eat big satisfying meals so you can feel full on a diet. Eating chocolate, fries, pizza or even drink alcohol is actually possible this way, while still losing weight. You enjoy your lifestyle which is what it is all about. The weight needs to stay off. You need to enjoy your diet and not suffer from it.

Personal Results

I’ve been skipping breakfast for over 10 years now and it’s the best choice I’ve ever made. The first time I effortlessly reached single digit body fat was because of this. A diet should not be a diet but a lifestyle, a habitual change. With this principle in mind, it can actually be your lifestyle. A lifestyle so you can also enjoy and not eat rice, broccoli and dry chicken every day, but actually enjoy the foods you love.

When you skip breakfast you are allowed to eat huge meals which satisfy you.

The Benefits of Skipping Breakfast

  1. Growth Hormone Goes Up

When you skip breakfast your growth hormone increases drastically. Why is this beneficial to you? Because it puts your metabolism in a fat burning mode while saving up muscle proteins. This goes hand in hand with fasting benefits, and the anti-aging hormone will go up as well.

  1. Norepinephrine increase

This causes a boost in metabolism and a mental alertness. Drink coffee with this and you will experience a great sharpness and mental alertness.

  1. Insulin sensitivity increase

This is perfect if you want to gain muscle of maintain the muscle you have gained and effectively lose weight. Because your insulin sensitivity improves, your body can safe carbs more effectively into your muscles and away from fat cells, which is what you want.

You should know that cortisol and insulin effect each other. When you wake up in the morning cortisol levels are very high (stress hormone). If you eat during this time (breakfast), you are likely to trigger hunger right after your meal. It’s much harder to control your cravings.

If you skip breakfast, however (ideally eat 4-5 hours after you woke up), you are less likely to experience these cravings.

  1. Trigger sympathetic nervous system

The sympathetic nervous system keeps you alert, focused and energetic. It also suppresses hunger because you are in an alert state.

  1. Eat HUGE meals

By having only to eat 2 – 3 meals a day, starting with your lunch, you have a huge buffer to eat. You are able to eat until satisfaction. In my honest opinion and experience this is one of the biggest deals when cutting down to a low body fat percentage. Incorporate some of the foods that you love. It’s such nonsense to only eat broccoli, rice and chicken. Have some potatoes if you like. Have some ketchup or mayonnaise. Don’t stress out about your calories too much. Just aim for the ball park and you will be fine.

Example meal after a fasted training. Still being in a caloric deficit.

  1. No stress about your diet

This often plays a huge role when dieting down to a low body fat percentage. Being stressed out about your diet has an impact in your social life. I remember the times I cancelled diners and night outs because I didn’t want to drink or eating out did not fit in my eating window. This is not what I believe in. Fitness and dieting should bring you more joy and increase your quality of life, not control you.

  1. Eating the foods you lovebenefits-skipping-breakfast

Like mentioned a couple of times in this article already, you are actually able to eat the foods you love. Say you have to eat 2000 calories to lose weight (maintenance is about 2500). If you divide this up in 2/3 meals (which I recommend if you want to get ripped effortlessly), you have 1000 calories per meal.

But play it smart and it even becomes easier. I usually eat my first meal around 2 o’clock if I’m trimming fat. This meal is around 600 calories, full of protein and some carbs, which fills me up. Then I have some fruit in between and my last meal around 7-8pm, which consists of 1400 calories! That’s a big pizza.

I’m not promoting bad foods. Not at all. I’m saying that you have the room for some bad foods every once in a while. When you are constantly dieting you sometimes have cravings, this is reality. When you look at it from this perspective and you use this structure you won’t have these cravings as much.

  1. Cleanse yourself

One of the first things I experienced when I skipped breakfast was that my acne fully disappeared after 2 weeks! I had pretty bad acne at first and tried a lot of stuff to get rid of it. Funny enough, skipping breakfast was all it took. It showed me the power of the body cleanse. We are almost constantly digesting food, but when you give your body some room to do a bit more work on cleansing and getting rid of waste in your body, you will see the results. You might experience a headache the first weeks or be a bit nauseous. This is because your body is getting rid of the waste that has been in your body for a while.

These are some of the benefits of skipping breakfast. As you can see they are quite powerful. In fact, this was gold for me and took me many years to finally find out. I’m not a big fan of supplements primarily, only additionaly when your diet is on point. When using supplements, I’m a fan of protein shakes and recommend this site to check out recommendations.

Every body works differently, so check out what your best timeframes are and how frequently you should eat. Though keep in mind that your body needs to adjust first. Don’t expect to change overnight. Get used to the patterns first.

Show some dedication and you will be alright. If you are serious about this, set a timeframe. Like 3 weeks to experiment with this. Slowly add up the hours you are not eating. Start with one hour after waking up. Then build out to 2, and so forth.

Hope this helped you out. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to leave them below and I’ll get back to you.

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By | 2019-11-12T10:09:28+00:00 February 9th, 2016|Blog, Diet|29 Comments

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  1. JohnMazis February 9, 2016 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    First of all, I congratulate you for your hard work!
    It is clear to me that you are trying to help and you are giving good advice. A lot of people these days could use that sort of information for their health and well being!
    Maybe adding some features to your theme would boost you up? And please tell me, is it hard to follow this program? Or as a matter of fact ANY program that can do good?!

    • Maurice February 9, 2016 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      What kind of features do you mean?

      It is not hard to follow this. And this is not a program. It’s a strategy. I’m currently working on a program which I shall provide for free.

      Thanks for your feedback!

  2. Chris February 9, 2016 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Sometimes I eat breakfast and sometimes I don’t. As far as it seems to me I don’t really make a big deal of it because I have a fast metabolism anyways. Not only that but there is also the fact at least for me that I feel better whenever I don’t eat as much as opposed to stuffing my face with food.


    • Maurice February 9, 2016 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      Thank you Chris. Exactly it depands on the person.

  3. Tyler Redlev February 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    This is an interesting strategy. I also don’t eat breakfast, not because i want to lose weight, but just beause that i don’t want to.

    And i really see the benefits of it. I don’t feel hungry at all and i keep my form almost all the time.

    Do you have any scientific proof behind not eating breakfast???

    • Maurice February 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      Yes it’s in the article. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Daniel Lara February 9, 2016 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Hey, Maurice! Wow, this was a true eye opener. I am going to start exercising now that I have finalized moving an apartment and I really look forward to having a more natural lifestyle. I am not fat by any means, but I struggle to lower my body fat below 12%, and I really look forward to the look that single digits provide. This will definitely be something that I’ll try, especially because it still allows me to have “regular” meals (lunch is my big one) and not get crazy about junk food.

    • Maurice February 9, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Cheers Daniel. Great to hear you start exercising as well. I struggled with the same you struggle with. Never below 12-10% body fat. Though since I started doing this it worked great. And with pleasure

  5. Gloria February 9, 2016 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    I really like this article. It’s very informative. I am not breakfast eater because I have no desire for food at least for 3 hours after I am up. I did not realize the benefits of not eating breakfast until i read your article. So much for the people who say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

    • Maurice February 9, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Cheers Gloria, glad it opened up your eyes in regard of the benefits. Thanks for your feedback

  6. Nancy Boey February 10, 2016 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Talk about confrontational. It is a big controversy, however I can see the benefit from it. I usually have to force myself to eat breakfast. I won’t bother with it anymore now. I see you are a physical therapist. That puts my mind at ease.
    I do have one request. Would it be possible, when you use terms not everybody might know, you would put an external link in explaining. F.e. I don’t know the term Norepinephrine. It sure would be helpful to me and I am coming back to your website because it is so clear how much work you are putting into this. Build up the authority !

    • Maurice February 11, 2016 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Thanks for you feedback Nancy. It’s explained underneath the word. But I’ll keep that in mind

  7. EoinMc February 10, 2016 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Hi Maurice,
    Your advice probably doesn’t fit with what the Doc is likely to say but I hear what you’re saying.
    Over the years, I’ve come across so much stuff about what we should and shouldn’t eat and when and how we should eat – and an awful lot of the information is contradictory.
    It’s one thing today – something else tomorrow.
    I’ve reached a point where I take whatever I hear with a grain of salt. Only one grain. Too much salt is bad for you..
    Now I make decisions about things like this based on exactly what you say. I ask myself ‘how did we evolve?’ The physical side of us hasn’t changed that much over the last few hundred years, so if I think it fits with how we evolved I’m ok with it. That means that most of the time I eat when I’m hungry – if possible. Not because it’s at a designated time.
    I do know that the idea of eating breakfast cereals is a very modern concept. There was a time when no one ate breakfast cereals until clever mister Kelloggs successfully convinced us that it was good.
    Cheers for the info.

    • Maurice February 11, 2016 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Great you ask yourself that. My advice would be to experiment and see how your body reacts. Everybody is different and for everyone some other thing works.

  8. James W D February 10, 2016 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    I have never been a big breakfast eater and gave it up a few years ago myself. It’s funny because so many people look at what I eat and ask how I can be so skinny. In actuality though I have been following the plan that you have laid out here and it has worked very well for me.

    • Maurice February 10, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Great to hear James. How long did it take you to get used to it and what are your results so far?

  9. Cate February 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Very interesting article. I see that you are very body consious and it shows in your writing and studying of the whole subject.
    I will be sure to follow you website!
    Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Maurice February 11, 2016 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Hey Cate, thanks a lot appreciate it

  10. Debra February 10, 2016 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Very interesting indeed. I’m curious about your ability to get all your nutrients, vitamins and minerals, but the recommended levels by eating just two meals a day. I know I’m not a big eater and its difficult for me to do it.
    As a child I always ate breakfast and very likely over ate. I have to say I was never overweight and over the course of my adult life and for many years I have skipped breakfast. I can’t say that I have lost weight while skipping breakfast, but I certainly didn’t gain weight either. With that said, my job required me to be on my feet and active all the time.

    It’s always been said that breakfast is important because you do not eat from the time you go to bed the night before and when you get in the morning your body is ready for nutrition.

    I’m not sure I agree with this statement” Skipping breakfast allows you to eat big satisfying meals so you can feel full on a diet. Eating chocolate, fries, pizza or even drink alcohol is actually possible “. And even if it were possible I wouldn’t feel right skipping breakfast so I could eat chocolate and French fries.

    It all boils down to personal preference and body metabolism. Some people do a lot better throughout the day eating snacks and small meals. From a mental standpoint some might find more satisfaction in eating bigger meals. With that being said I can see where skipping breakfast to eat a bigger lunch and a bigger dinner would be more satisfying.

    I would conclude to eat in whatever manner works for you throughout the day as long as you are still able to meet your vitamin and mineral intake.

    Thank you Maurice for all your hard work in this post. From the pictures, it seems all your hard work has paid off.

    • Maurice February 11, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

      Hey Debra. With that statement I mean that every once in a while you can eat something not that healthy. Because realistically anyone loves to eat that every now and then. But when on a regular diet, eating 6 times a day it becomes much harder to fit in a meal like that. Not to mention the guilt that comes with it.

      In regard to the vitamins and minerals, you do get the same amount as you would on a regular diet. The caloric intake does not change. If you would consume 2000 calories on 6 meals a day or 2000 calories with 2 meals a day, it doesn’t matter. The only difference is the size in meals.

      And I completely agree on the different preferences. That’s also what I stated in the article. Every body works different. If you have tried 6 meals a day and you just don’t succeed, like many out there.. This might be an option to try out. Experiment is what I’m saying.

      Thanks for your honest feedback

  11. Dinh February 11, 2016 at 5:33 am - Reply

    I think it’s important to have some nutrients in the body first thing in the morning. Orange juice or a piece of fruit will do. I am not so much as concerned about the debate over whether it’s good for the weight loss but whether it’s good for you in general.
    Being pre-diabetic I have to make sure that I eat every couple of hours. If I don’t eat breakfast then my blood sugar gets really low and by the time I eat I won’t be able to stop myself from overeating and then I get really high blood sugar. So as a matter of daily routine I always eat breakfast.
    I think it’s hard to determine the correlation between eating breakfast and losing or not losing weight. What about all the other factors that come into play? What about the person’s metabolism, or the activity they do?

    • Maurice February 11, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

      Hey Dinh,

      When you are pre-diabetic it is different indeed, and I’m not stating someone with diabetes or pre-diabetes should do this. You should listen to your doctor, which is also stated in the disclaimer.

      Exactly, the other factors taht come into play. Your metabolism tends to go up in a fasted state according to science.

      Thank you for your reply Dinh

  12. Vladimir November 28, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Whoa man you look great! Did you use any weights? I don’t hear much about this program.

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  16. Melissa August 9, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

    As long as I have lived I have never felt hungry when I woke up and I am fairly old. This therefore makes quite a bit of sense to me.

  17. Steven Sager November 5, 2017 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Hello, great article. I have recently began resistance training at home. I have spent years skipping breakfast only because I am never hungry in the morning. However, having been on Atkins Diet for 2 months, and losing a ton of weight, I have been eating breakfast because Atkins says to do so. Would I be fine to stop eating the night before breakfast, and not eat again until lunch the next day, essentially fasting overnight? I workout at night, prior to bed. Would there be a best time to workout during the fast, or would there be a best time to fast based on the time I weight train? I appreciate any advice you have!

  18. Michael January 8, 2019 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Started skipping breakfast 6mths ago, very reluctant at first, my partners idea. l had been training 6-8 hours week and lost 30lb over the previous 2yrs, but had plattered out. On this new regime, lost another 20lb, often exercise in the fasting period, definitely got fitter, as well as lighter.
    From the start, never missed breakfast at all, usually have first meal of the day between 1and 3pm, don’t feel that hungry, but then have to snack 2hrs later.
    We went on holiday had breakfast for the first 4days, felt lethargic, gave it up, was fine again.
    The beauty of this diet is l don’t really have to diet, can go out and eat and drink socially normally, keep the weight off.
    The best thing with this system is not only works for me, but it is easy to maintain long term, that’s where most of diets fall down.
    My partner who believes in has lost no weight.

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