You’ll find on the main Amino Z website some articles and Q&A’s on the importance of eating breakfast. Two for quick reference include a study on skipping meals and a Q&A on exercising on an empty stomach in the morning.
Personally, I eat breakfast immediately upon waking up. Before I do ANYTHING (with the exception of visiting the bathroom), I head to the kitchen and eat immediately. This is not only to coincide with my personal health and fitness goals, but just to get my energy levels up for a highly successful day.
This morning was a different story. I requested to have a general health check-up whereby I needed to have a blood test taken in a fasted state. I was fortunate to sleep in until 6am this morning, skipped breakfast, had a shower, began work immediately and then headed to the pathology unit at 7.30am. There was a half hour wait and I finally managed to get back to the office at 8.30am when I ate my first meal.
Going from 6am to 8.30am was a real drag. Around 6.30am, I really felt my energy levels slump. Although I almost never consume caffeine, I really felt like having a morning coffee because my focus was so poor. I felt particularly lethargic and very hungry. Sitting in the pathology unit, I was reading a magazine that I brought with me. My concentration levels were poor and I was very easily distracted. Often I had to re-read a paragraph due to particularly bad comprehension skills.
At 8.30am, I consumed the first meal and it wasn’t until about 9am that my energy levels began to pick up. I actually overcompensated with the size of my breakfast meal due to a very uncomfortable degree of hunger and lightheadedness. Due to the very small amount of blood taken, I am confident that the lightheadedness was not due to blood loss
Many years ago, I used to skip breakfast on a regular basis. I do not remember feeling nearly as bad as what I did this morning. But you know what, I probably did – it was just that I did not realise how much better I would feel had I integrated a regular breakfast meal into my regime. Today was a very rude awakening of just how important breakfast is to your energy levels (both physical and mental).
If you have the bad habit of skipping breakfast, it would be highly advantageous to force yourself to consume a nutrient rich meal upon awakening in the morning. You are breaking an all night long fast, so your body is running on emergency energy supplies. This means breaking down muscle mass and reducing physical/mental energy levels to conserve as much energy as possible.
I am aware that many people struggle to eat breakfast as this can cause nausea first thing in the morning. Recently we answered a Q&A where someone asked us for some practical advice on what to do if you cannot eat breakfast in the morning.