Mom always told us, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day," and any number of doctors, nutritionists, and health books have been telling us the same thing for decades. But is that always the case? Are there times when it's better not to eat breakfast? As the old saying goes, there's an exception to every rule, and surprisingly, there are a number of exceptions to that eat-in-the-morning mandate.
If you're not much of a morning bagel person, you don't have to feel guilty about skipping breakfast. Registered dietician Leslie Bonci told Popular Science that although a morning meal is beneficial for kids — it boosts their school performance and concentration — the evidence isn't as clear-cut for us grownups. Scientifically, the jury is still out on whether eating breakfast really boosts our brainpower or helps with weight loss. Bonci added that the important thing is to eat when you're really hungry, not when the clock tells you to. As for the long-held belief that breakfast revs metabolism, Healthline cited studies showing that people who skip a morning meal don't burn fewer calories than those who always reach for the cereal and fruit.
While there are certain situations when having breakfast is an absolute must (such as having diabetes, or being on a medication that must be taken with food in the morning), there are times when skipping breakfast not only won't hurt you, it might actually do some good. Here are seven surprising times when you can go ahead and say no to eating first thing in the morning: