The term breakfast literally means "breaking the fast" - so it's a good/smart idea to eat within an hour of waking up. Your body hasn't had food for 8-10 hours, so it needs some fuel for the day. There's that old saying "eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch, a pauper for dinner" which comes from the thinking- eat big to start your day out right and as the day goes on you don't need as much fuel. Everyone is different of course, but there is a reason this saying exists :) Personally I like smaller meals spaced throughout the day, but I'm not afraid to have a good breakfast so that my body gets its start. Think of your body as a car- it needs some gas to get going. And then needs more gas throughout the trip/aka day.
It's totally healthy and normal to be hungry mid-morning (ie: 10 a.m.)- have a healthy snack (like a low-fat protein and a fruit or veggie). Many sample meal plans will give you some ideas and sound advice. Eat 5-6 times a day, spread out every 2-4 hours- this helps keep your blood sugars balanced and your body happy.
I try to wait until 9 a.m. Otherwise, I snack between breakfast and lunch and I like to save my snack "allowance" for the afternoon. ;)
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7/6/13 1:59 P
I drink water when I get up and take my morning medicines. I get yogurt out of my refrigerator and let it warm up about half an hour to get those bacteria moving. Sometimes I add I/4 cup of old fashioned oatmeal and let it soak in the yogurt and possibly more fruit which makes it even yummier. I eat breakfast before I leave for the day or within an hour or so after getting up. Essentially the word breakfast means to "break the fast" from your 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Coffee, while good for you, is not a meal and while the caffeine gets you going, in more ways than one, a bit of protein and some carbs is a healthier plan especially if you won't have lunch in a few hours. A good breakfast helps one think better and more clearly. Mid-morning cravings for a candy bar can be more appropriately handled with a piece of fruit or cheese and crackers if one has already a good breakfast.
Edited by: MOONGLOWSNANA at: 7/6/2013 (15:26)
7/6/13 12:44 P
I don't think it matters, just bring a snack for when you get hungry if you decide to eat earlier
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7/6/13 12:37 P
I drink 2 cups of water right when I wake up (before I even get out of bed). I lose weight faster if I eat something within an hour of waking up, even if I'm not hungry. Sometimes it's a banana or toast, anything that will go down easily and not make me feel sick.
Unfortunately, I got out of this habit during term when my classes were at 8. I'd wake up at 6, leave the house at 6:45 and then be in classes until 2pm. If I didn't buy a latte, the first time I'd eat was at 2pm...not smart or healthy.
I've found even eating as late as 4-5 hours after I wake up tends to stall my metabolism. I go to bed hungry but wake up feeling a little nauseated so it's hard for me to eat. That's why I go for the banana or toast.
I think it really depends on what your body does best with. Maybe it doesn't affect some people or their metabolism, but I need to eat within an hour of waking up even if I feel sick. That gives my metabolism a "boost" for the rest of the day.
7/6/13 12:09 P
I drink a glass of water as soon as I wake up at 5, but I like to eat between 6:45 and 8:30.
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25,379 7/6/13 3:08 A
Please DO NOT be in a hurry to speed up that weight loss!!! People who lose quickly, regain it again, just as quickly. The slow losses really DO pay off in the long run - they are far more likely to STAY off.
The are two expressions that are applicable to you:
"Rome wasn't built in a day!" and..... "Patience is a virtue!"
That REALLY DOES apply to weight loss!
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7/5/13 9:21 A
I start my day by drinking at least three glasses of water, then coffee, before I eat within an hour of getting up and typically have a snack around 10:00-10:30... usually fruit.
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4,114 7/5/13 9:17 A
Sounds like a solid plan. Just focus on hitting your calorie goals every day. Whatever makes it easier for you to hit those goals is the best plan.
7/5/13 9:11 A
Thanks! I figure I'll just experiment for a while and see when I need to eat. I think after the baby my body got used to being up for a while with no fuel. :) I don't like eating when I'm not particularly hungry, so I can't see getting up first thing and slamming a banana :) lol. Thanks!
I eat breakfast when I'm hungry usually 3-4 hours after I wake up. I do have a coffee with heavy cream upon rising though. I don't have a sluggish metabolism.
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4,114 7/5/13 8:59 A
The science is inconclusive: there's no research showing a direct link between eating breakfast and a better metabolism.
7/5/13 8:51 A
This was from yesterday -- Chef Meg's SparkCoach video, and what made me wonder if I was eating too late:
"Many people say they're not hungry enough in the morning to eat, but that's a bad sign that means your metabolism is sluggish. Start eating--even just a little bit--and your appetite will come back, along with your metabolic rate."
Jump-start was a bad word choice. But I am wondering about the time delay between awakening and the first meal -- if there's an ideal time to eat.
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4,114 7/5/13 8:24 A
There really isn't any such thing as "jump starting" your metabolism. So eat when you can and whatever allows you to hit your calorie goals for the day in a way that is convenient and manageable for you should be your only concern.
7/5/13 8:19 A
I guess experimenting is what it takes -- so today I'm experimenting with eating some protein at 7:00 and then waiting for a while for the fruit. The last thing on my mind in the morning is food, but I do have some concerns that I'm not "jump starting" my metabolism early enough. I mean, I'm consistently losing the weight, but if I can lose it faster or more efficiently, well why not! Thanks!
7/5/13 7:34 A
I experimented with this and learned that it's impossible to function at my best when I haven't had breakfast within an hour or so of getting up.
We're all different, but I do think there is literature to support the idea that we need to refuel on a more regular basis than dinner in the evening and a very late breakfast.
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25,379 7/5/13 7:27 A
I think it comes down to personal choices and if what you are doing re the time of eating works for you, then o.k. I don't see anything wrong with a piece of fruit and some protein to kick-start your day. Below are a couple links that might give you some more ideas: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art icles.asp?id=933
It makes total sense for you to be hungry by 10:00 when you eat breakfast around 7:00. It takes about three hours to digest a meal. Is there an issue with having a yogurt cup, or a string cheese, or a few whole wheat pretzels at 10:00 to tide you over until lunch?
It is good to eat breakfast early because it gets the metabolism going, and revving up the metabolism means burning more calories.
Probably where to economize and not snack is after dinner.
7/4/13 10:11 P
I get up at 6:00 so I can be in my office by 7:00. I work until 11:30. Typically I take a piece of fruit and a protein item to work to eat for breakfast, which I usually eat around 9:30-10:00am.
I'm worried that i'm eating "too late" for my metabolism to realize that I'm eating it. But if I eat at 7, I'm starving by 10.
Does it really matter WHEN we eat breakfast?
Or rather, how many hours or minutes after awakening is the ideal time to eat breakfast? Is there any science to guide me on an appropriate time frame? THANKS!
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