Is it okay to work out in the morning and skip breakfast then go to work?

The answer largely depends on how advanced you are in your gym going career. But, yes, skipping breakfast is perfectly fine. Also, Tim Ernst is right, people are incorrect when they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

There’s a concept called energy balance. Energy balance refers to the balance of energy you consume (food you eat) vs the energy you expend (daily activities or exercise).

As long as you are expending more energy (calories) than you consume, you will lose weight. If you are expending less energy than you consume, you will gain weight.

Here’s an illustration to help you understand!

When the scale tips to the left you gain weight. When the scale tips to the right you lose weight.

So, skipping breakfast is perfectly fine. Especially for beginners.

Research shows that muscle protein synthesis levels are elevated for up to 72 hours for a beginner. So, nutrient timing is completely irrelevant to a beginner (I’m assuming you’re a beginner). Lucky for you, you can eat whenever the hell you want.

Although, as you become more advanced, you will have to become more strict about nutrient timing.

Also, your circadian rhythm, when taken advantage of, can lead to 84% more muscle.

What’s the circadian rhythm?

Basically, the circadian rhythm is the daily cycle that your body goes through. Here’s an example,

Base on your circadian rhythm, working out in the afternoon to late evening is far superior for performance than working out in the morning.

If you HAVE to go in the morning, then do so. But, if you have the option, go in the afternoon-evening. Training at this time is also backed by a litany of research.

But, there is also research that suggests that the circadian rhythm adjusts to when you train every day. If you typically train in the morning, keep training in the morning.


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