Intermittent Fasting is a big topic in the fitness industry. Rightly so, as it's such…
A tweet I posted recently brought up an interesting topic when it comes to your mindset, which as we know, is crucial to fitness success. Specifically, if your mindset isn’t solid, you’ll have a difficult time losing weight and/or gaining muscle.
For years, we’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you don’t eat breakfast then you’ll starve, you’ll have no energy for the day, and the world will come to an end.
Whenever I point out the idiocy of this belief, I’m always met with strong objections by a certain percentage of the online population. Whenever I point out that the fact that most people are overweight and therefore have plenty of stored energy to live off, people get angry. Whenever I point out that it’s easier to stay in a deficit if you do Intermittent Fasting people become irrational.
You Are Brainwashed
I realised yesterday that it reminded me of women and low fat yoghurts. For years, women had been sold on the idea of low fat (and therefore high sugar) yoghurts being good for them, and being an invaluable food that will help them to get the slim, sexy beach body they craved.
I’m being deadly serious here – in the year 2019, women now know that these yoghurts are full of sugar and aren’t helpful.
BUT THEY STILL CONTINUE TO BUY THEM ANYWAY.
Because brainwashing is about how you feel about a certain topic, rather than doing what actually works.
I seriously cannot tell you how many ex girlfriends, girls I’ve dated, and girls I work with, tell me that they know that low fat yoghurts aren’t ‘good for them’, but they still want to buy them anyway. Crazy if you ask me.
You guys who defend your breakfast like it’s your life are the exact same.
If you’re currently overweight, then doing things like:
- Reducing the size of your eating window (Intermittent Fasting)
- Only drinking black coffee in the AM
- Eating really high amounts of protein & veggies
Will reduce your appetite, and therefore make it easy as hell to get into a calorie deficit and stay there.
Keeping your eating window as wide as humanly possible (16 hours or so) doesn’t make it impossible to lose fat, obviously. But it DOES make your life more difficult. If you start saying things like:
“You need breakfast to break down yesterdays food”, or:
“You need to kickstart your day with breakfast to increase your metabolism”
Then I’m sorry, but you’re just being irrational. Your argument is “Eat more food and extend the eating window to lose more weight” which is slightly insane, and it’s not how the basic laws of thermodynamics work.
Is Breakfast The Most Important Meal Of The Day?
Okay I’ll give you my answer:
There is no most important meal of the day – it doesn’t exist. What truly counts is your total net energy balance over the 24 hour period, and within that, whether or not you hit your macro goals. Get your calories right for your goal, then macros, then micros.
As long as you do that, there really is no most important meal of the day – it’s irrelevant, and you certainly don’t need breakfast.
Now, if you realise the truth; that there is no most important meal of the day, and you need to simply nail down your eating schedule, macros and calories, then feel free to get your very own, IF meal plan.
If you want on-going help with both your IF meal planning, training program, and have everything completely custom-tailored to you, then check out my coaching services.