I grew up being told that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. Maybe you did, too. I now know that that’s not necessarily true.

If your morning workout plans involve high-intensity cardio (e.g., intervals) or heavy lifting, then breakfast is probably going to help you get the most out of your workout. For that kind of intense, anaerobic work, your body needs the quick energy reserves that come from having eaten somewhat recently.

However, if you have less intense plans for your morning (e.g., a walk, a leisurely bike ride), and particularly if you’re someone who doesn’t feel hungry or who doesn’t handle food well in the morning, then, as discussed in this article, the science says you should be fine skipping breakfast. Heck, you could even benefit from doing your morning workout fasted, as this can help burn more fat, in addition to the numerous other benefits that can come from intermittent fasting.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this post should not be taken as nutritional advice. Before you consider beginning a new dietary or exercise regimen, such as intermittent fasting, you should consult with a certified nutritionist/dietititian or your physician. This is especially true if you are pregnant or nursing, have diabetes, are hypertensive, and/or have other conditions that require more careful monitoring of nutritional demands, activity levels, and vitals signs.