I Stopped Eating Breakfast For Two Weeks And I’m Never Doing It Again

I Stopped Eating Breakfast For Two Weeks And I’m Never Doing It Again

Stop skipping breakfast. Or, you should skip breakfast? We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But some actors and
athletes like Terry Crews are adamant about not eating breakfast. So who’s right? Is breakfast good or bad? I stopped eating breakfast
for two weeks to find out. I can’t eat anything before
12, when I have lunch. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had breakfast every single morning. But, I also know a lot of
people who don’t eat breakfast. And that works great for them. To be honest, I don’t think
it’s going to go very well because I’ll be awake from
six all the way until noon, a full six hours without
eating a single thing. It’s a lot different than what I’m used to and it might be really
hard, especially at first. Half of you are probably typing a comment about how you never eat breakfast. But making a change to your
daily routine isn’t easy. And I wanted to find out if my life was better or worse without breakfast. Today was my first day
not eating breakfast. And I’ve got to say, it went pretty well. I was surprised to find out that when I woke up, I wasn’t that hungry. I made coffee, made lunch for the day, and still wasn’t feeling
like I needed breakfast. I stayed pretty busy. It was already noon and I had
barely craved any food at all. I don’t want to jinx it, but I’m feeling pretty
optimistic for the week. So it’s Wednesday. It’s been three days of no breakfast. And I’ve got to say, it’s
getting a little bit harder. So yeah, it wasn’t going well. I feel like every day around 10:30 or 11, I get really hungry. My stomach starts to
growl and I start seeing or smelling food around the
office that other people have. And it’s a lot more challenging
than when I first wake up. And I know it’s like okay,
that’s not actually a problem. But if you’re someone
who’s trying to diet, trying to eat less, trying to snack less, it can be really challenging when you have a lot of options around the office that can be really quick or convenient. I’ve actually amassed kind of a large store of snacks at my desk, all of the stuff I can’t
eat until after lunch. And then I’m like “Oh,
you can’t even eat that.” And it just kind of sits
there and stares back at me. I think I can make it through the week, but I am a little worried
about the weekend. Waking up at 6 a.m. and not eating until 12 is such a long time. Why do I need breakfast when so many people can live without it? What’s actually going on here? I spoke with Dr. Peterson, a scientist at the University
of Alabama, to find out. So what I think has happened in breakfast skipping and why
it’s so confusing is there’s actually not one way to
necessarily skip breakfast. You actually have better blood
sugar control in the morning and you digest your food a
little faster in the morning, as well as you burn very slightly more calories when you eat in the morning. So all this evidence
kind of points towards the morning as being optimal for eating. So if the morning is the
optimal time for eating, is skipping breakfast hurting me? Was this whole challenge pointless? On the flip side, we
have also learned over the past decade that it looks like having extended bouts of fasting
is good for your health. What’s really interesting is
that you have hunger hormones. And these hunger hormones adapt to whatever you usually do or to your habits. What this means in the short-term, if you don’t normally skip breakfast and then you suddenly skip breakfast, you have to overcome that inertia of changing your hunger hormone patterns. Because your hunger hormone says “Okay, well you usually eat breakfast. And now you’re going to skip it, so I’m going to make you very hungry.” Any time you have a regular
eating pattern and change that, regardless of what
eating pattern you’re on, you will have an initial barrier
where it’s quite difficult in the beginning and
then over time you adapt. Maybe my new routine is
worse than my old one. It’s been about a week and a half. And I’ve gotta say, it’s getting easier. I thought not having breakfast on the weekend was going to be a nightmare. But it was actually a lot easier because I woke up later and
didn’t have as much time between waking up and noon
as I do on the workday. But I do still miss breakfast. I just enjoy breakfast and
eating something in the morning. Even if I’m not super hungry, I think I’ll still miss that aspect. The whole thing has really made me wonder how much breakfast matters. It kind of feels like
breakfast was just the routine. It was just my norm. So that’s what I liked and
that’s what I was used to. After a week and a half
of not eating breakfast, it started to seem like I was finally getting used to my new routine. Maybe I could turn into someone
who never eats breakfast. But I wouldn’t count on it. It’s finally Friday. And tomorrow I can have
breakfast once again. After two weeks, I’ve
realized that I can go without eating breakfast
and still survive. But I miss breakfast. Not eating before 12 was really tough, especially with all the
food around the office. And it definitely brought down
my mood throughout the day. But I never really felt a
big change in my productivity or even my energy levels
before or after lunch. And my weight stayed pretty much the same. Breakfast isn’t bad for you,
but it’s also not essential. You should do what fits best for your dietary needs and your routine. I no longer feel helpless
without breakfast and I’m able to create a routine that fits my schedule and my daily needs. Before I started this challenge, I loved breakfast and I thought
I needed it to start my day. Now I don’t really feel that way. I still like breakfast and
will continue to eat it, but I don’t feel that reliance
on it like I used to have. So it turns out you can skip breakfast. But Dr. Peterson pointed out that instead of skipping breakfast, it’s better to shorten the window of time for meals each day. Two broad types of meal timing approaches that we have found to be beneficial. One is the daily
intermittent fasting approach where you’re eating in
a narrow time period. And it looks like probably
eating in the middle of the day, say from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
is also good for your health. There is a lot of evidence
that even if you can’t change the timing of
breakfast, lunch, and dinner, if you at least make your
largest meals earlier, be breakfast and or lunch, that you can still get a
lot of benefits from that. Some people love eating breakfast. And good for them. But don’t let someone try and tell you that you’re throwing the day
away if you skip breakfast. The most important meal of the day depends on who’s eating it. Now this is how breakfast should be.

100 thoughts on “I Stopped Eating Breakfast For Two Weeks And I’m Never Doing It Again

  1. I just want to note that caffeine is an appetite suppressant. Black coffee in the morning will help in your effort to not eat breakfast. It can curb your appetite all the way until noon or later.

  2. I never ate breakfast for 2 years because I felt fat and I felt hungry all The time and finally this year I started eating breakfast every morning and I feel so Much better and I never get hungry during the day and I still lost weight
    But I get how some people can’t eat breakfast Cause of reasons

  3. my stomach hurts when I eat food in the morning, I can only eat small portions of things, n’ drink water or juice.

  4. honestly breakfast helps me feel energized throughout the day bc usually i’m hungry by 1st period ! also helps me from overeating later. also i eat rly early dinner soooo

  5. It's not the same for everyone. It's different for each person depending on your age, activity, genetics, lifestyle, etc.


  7. This is not how it works. Breakfast is important and necessary for some people while others don't need it. Just because one person is healthy for eating breakfast doesn't mean everybody will be. Just because one person is healthy since he doesn't eat breakfast doesn't mean everybody will be. Every BODY is different.

  8. I ate a lot before I go to sleep so it really doesn't affect me to skip breakfast plus I'd rather sleep than have to get up to make food before I have to go to work

  9. This is pretty pointless tbh lol, I never eaten breakfast for 10 years straight and I’m extremely healthy, lol.

  10. I don’t eat breakfast so I eat less cals and get more sleep. At work my lunch brake is 2:30pm. That’s usually when i have my first meal.

  11. Everyone's life style is different which means that their diet and time of eating is different for some people this might be good but for other people it might be bad it just depends on your lifestyle

  12. I feel like I'm not sure at this point if I'm purposely starving myself and have anorexia or if I just accidentally miss meals and forget to eat cuz,I always forget to eat ,but then when i eat I feel like I did something bad and that eating is bad and I start thinking about my weight and for some reason people always comment on my weight when I eat ,and even tho everyone says I'm too skinny I still think I'm a little over weight

  13. Technically break fast is the first thing you eat in a day so your just skipping dinner if you skip breakfast.
    Next video what happens if you skip dinner

  14. I freaking love having a pool of porridge with some sugar in the morning 😍
    And then I can brush my teeth afterwards before I head out as I HATE the after feeling of sugar in my mouth.
    Perfect combo 👍

  15. I have an eating disorder and I used to skipped breakfast, but now eating breakfast really helps me cut down on calories during the day. If I skip breakfast because I'm having a bad day, I am 100% gonna crave more unhealthy foods during the day.

  16. I mostly skip breakfast bc I have to get ready for school and since I’m used to it whenever I eat something(if I do) I want to throw up soo 🤷‍♀️

    But since I have health and PE this year in high school I’ve learned that u can gain weight by not eating breakfast but I’m too tight on time these days to get breakfast…

  17. I’ve been eating only dinner for the past year and it sucks if I don’t fall asleep on time cause then I get hungry

  18. I rarely ever eat breakfast and I'm fine… More so I have to take meds in the morning, which require not eating for proper absorption.
    Even when I don't take them, I don't eat breakfast.
    I have always been this way and my body runs fine.
    Hell, I can go a whole day and forget to eat and I'm still running fine (this I know is bad thought and I try to avoid it happening).
    I was raised poor and my body adjusted to this type of lifestyle where I mainly eat one meal a day and go on with my life.
    I survive fine on 600 to 800 calories a day when I'm in an exercise regimen and still have energy to spare.

    Bodies are all wired differently, in that sense. Biology and science will decide a lot in what is good for you and bad for you in the sense of how much you eat and whether skipping meals is harder on your body or not.

  19. It depends how you take your life to what direction. I take two meals a day for couple of years now no problem at all. I don't take any snacks in between. That's how I trained my body and I am all good. There is no standard rule that you have to have breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can break your fast by drinking 16oz or 32 oz of water and that gets me going for another 3-4 hours. And then 12 noon I take lunch and evening dinner/supper . There are people living with one meal a day. The lesser you eat the less you get sick that's how animals stop eating when they are sick and get well automatically with no medication so why not we ? On the other side human tend to eat more when they are sick.

  20. My PE teacher told us that she used to skip breakfast and it had a Massive toll on her mental and physical health so she always encourages us to eat breakfast because it was the most important meal of the day

  21. I sometimes have skip breakfast but in general I like to wake up early and eat something (for example a fruit or some nuts, a warm te or cacao, an omelet… it depends on what I feel up to) I don't feel like I need to eat a lot in the morning but still I like to get something (in small portion) because otherwise I will feel very hungry at lunch time or even before.

    I guess the Best thing to do is to eat when you feel hungry no matter if it's when you wake up or later and always look for a healthy option 🙂

  22. I sorta eat breakfast basically I eat around 12 cuz I wake up normally late 😅 on days that I have class I drink protein shakes but I normally don't need to eat breakfast personally. Normally I skip lunch I don't eat lunch normally.

  23. You are allowed to have breakfast and lunch and skip dinner, that's not illegal. The thing is, like what the doctor said, hunger is a habit, if you change your habit your hunger will follow within a few daysweeks. shrinking your daily eating window is a positive thing!

  24. i don’t eat breakfast i’m fine i was always told it was cereal companies who faked tests saying it was important to eat breakfast it’s totally fine not to eat breakfast.

  25. Don't eat too much grains for breakfast. It burns quickly inside your body and makes you hungry faster. Try fruits like banana, apple, or papaya with hardboiled eggs or steamed tofu

  26. I think you only really need breakfast if you get up early in the morning. I never have breakfast on my days off because I get up so late (around 9 am) and don't do a lot of physical labor on those days off.

  27. I don't eat breakfast anymore nor even lunch, because I get tired if I eat during the day. You gotta factor in food quality as well.

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