Like most things with weightloss, our bodies respond differently to different types of diets. I don't eat breakfast. Like you, I have to be at work early. I don't like to eat that early plus it is a pain to make food so early. I get a break at work at 9:45 and eat something then, and eat lunch at 12:30. Even though I'm breaking a cardinal diet rule, it works for me and my lifestyle. I ate breakfast for a while and didn't notice a different in mood, energy, or weightloss... So I'll just stick with what works for me.
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i find porridge the best start to the morning and i still have energy at work up until lunch time.
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it's better to have a balanced breakfast with some protein, some carbs and some fat. Try having a piece of fruit with a handful of almonds for protein and some whole wheat cereal that's easy to eat without milk. No preparation and easy to eat on the run.
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I hope you'll catch Jimmy Moore's most recent "ask the low carb experts" podcast featuring Dr. Layman. He's a researcher who has extensively studied protein. He recommends eating protein at every meal, and a 90 gram minimum for everyone who eats three meals a day. He says there is much research showing that eating this much protein at the meal will encourage muscle- and bone-building. Lesser amounts can be used for smooth muscle like what is in your intestines, but you need the higher amount to get enough leucine for re-building. He said he is especially not fond of athletes who eat a big carby protein-low breakfast and then work out alot. He says this causes muscle wasting.
I was doing a fruit/green smoothie every morning for a few months, and I ended up in a weight plateau. Now I'm doing more of the slow carb diet, being careful to get at least 20 grams of protein shortly after getting up in the morning, and have started losing fat again. Your mileage may vary, but fruit only didn't work for me. You could try a fruit/protein smoothie that you eat on your way to work, or make some egg muffins or precook some meat, which would be portable, so you can grab and go. When I'm in a hurry, I have cottage cheese, it takes like 2 minutes to eat a serving of it standing in the kitchen before I head out the door.
Just carbs, especially easily digestible fruit will spike the blood sugars.. that triggers Insulin release, and drops your blood sugars.. which makes you hungry.
I would try some fruit, along with some pre-cooked protein, maybe some strips of chicken. You'll burn off the fruit, and the protein will help you get through the day, keeping your blood sugars from going crazy.
I usually have just fruit and coffee for breakfast, but sometimes I'll have some nuts too. Personally, I prefer to have a small breakfast. I find that large breakfasts, even when high in protein, make me hungrier throughout the day. I don't have any problems with needing more energy, my energy level crashing before lunch, or starving before my lunch as others have mentioned.
Left overs, cold or reheated, are also great as a quick breakfast.
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Fruit doesn't make me hungry like other foods do. Especially when I fill my stomach with water. This way I can eat a banana at 7 when I'm at work, then an apple at 10 and spread it out. Gah, I just hate how much I love fruit but it fills up my carbs for the day. An apple fills me just as much as a bowl of oatmeal, so i might as well split stuff up and eat twice
when i am not so much wanting food in the morning, i'll typically have some sugar, and within an hour or two, that makes me hungry. fruit alone is certainly enough to do this. so if you're talking about having a banana as you go out the door at 5:30 in the morning, i know for me, the sugar would crash me by about 7:30 at the latest. three hours before you're talking about having breakfast. if you don't want to cook and want to grab and go, you could premake some muffins that are heavy on the fruit and nut. those would be easy to grab and eat on your way out the door and be a little more balanced than plain fruit. if you don't mind cold eggs you could do a wrap the night before [either scrambled with cooked veggies or raw with hardboiled eggs]. if i remember correctly you want to be more moderate in carbs, so you could even make up some little lettuce cups the night before [think like tiny hot pockets or pizza rolls or the thai lettuce cups at cheesecake factory, but tiny and wrapped in lettuce and with better fillings] with beef and veggie filling, taco filling, bean salad, chicken and veggie, tuna/egg/chicken salad, shredded chicken or any number of other things. or you could even do a plain salad sandwich the night before [it's not any worse than taking one for lunch].
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I eat on a schedule much like yours but I drink a cup of milk with a piece of fruit for breakfast, a meaty sandwich with milk at lunch and a high protein with veges and milk for dinner. Fruit is my snack in between. That being said, I have been on a plateau for months. So for me, I say who knows!
I am always looking for an appetizing yet filling and easy/quick breakfast. Currently, I have been making whole wheat oatmeal pancakes ahead of time so I just have to warm them in the mornings. I use very little sugar free syrup, sometimes none at all. I eat breakfast between 5:45-6 a.m. and they are filling and usually tide me over until 9:30-10 when it's snack time.
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I just don't think that's going to be enough for you. You really need some protein in there. Could you maybe have a greek yogurt with that apple? It will help you feel fuller as well as give you some energy. Your meals really need to be more balanced.
I don't think there's anything "wrong" with having only fruit for breakfast, but it may not keep you full or energized enough until lunch.
Nothing wrong with trying it out a couple days and assessing your morning energy.
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1,053 8/31/12 7:26 A
So I was thinking, and doing this seems to have some appeal to me, wondering your thoughts on it. I have a 45 min commute and have to be in work by 6:30, so this would also help with saving time in the morning and give me a few more minutes sleep not having to make breakfast in the mornings.
I was thinking of getting up and going to work, and having a banana early in the morning. Then I could drink water and maybe a cup of coffee and have like an apple at 10am. That together should keep me good until lunch at 11:30 where I always bring either leftovers (chicken, complex carb, veggies) or a meaty sandwhich on 100% whole wheat. Add another fruit to finish the lunch like a desert, and then another as my afternoon snack at 3-4. Would this be ok to do?
I'd have to make sure to get more protein in my lunches and dinners, but that just means cooking more chicken each time which is fine.
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