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Protein vs. Carbs for Breakfast?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

My "normal" breakfast is mostly carbs - oatmeal or high fiber cereal, banana and coffee.

However, this week, I have been having all-protein breakfasts (egg white omelet, homemade lean sausage and coffee), and I haven't really even been snacky during the day, which is really unusual for me.

I wonder if having protein in the morning changes the way my body craves food, since I'm normally struggling to get enough protein by bedtime, and wanting to snack all day long.

Maybe I will try switching back and forth between the breakfasts and see what happens... interesting.

Have you experimented with this?
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  • SOFT_VAL67
    For me personally its always protein in the morning.
    My friend was telling me how she had snacked all day one day and I asked what she had for breakfast and she said a banana and I said, theres your culprit.
    The carbs and sugar in the banana were making her cravings worse.
    I ALWAYS find if I eat carbs I crave carbs.
    So, for me, mornings are either protein shakes or greek yogurt or eggs.
    Thats what has worked for me.
    I am not an expert in the way sugars process etc but I know I cant eat carbs without wanting more. emoticon
    1333 days ago
    When I was a kid we would always have good old fashioned oatmeal with milk for breakfast. And, only about an hour and a half later I would be starving. I have since learned that eating pretty much any carbs for breakfast makes me more hungry all day long.

    Here is what I have learned works for me:

    ~ High protein breakfast with lots of vegetables, and some oil. If I am going to be busy then adding a low-glycemic fruit helps give me the energy I need.

    ~ Lunch: At this meal I can have carbs in the form of fruit or starch such as sweet potatoes, with lots of vegetables. And, of course, some protein and fat.

    ~ Dinner is best lighter, with maybe one serving of complex carbs.

    ~ Then a late night snack of some berries (very low glycemic) to tide my blood sugar over till morning. I cannot have protein at night, because protein is energizing and keeps me from being able to go to sleep.

    In general, the more carbs I have during the day, the more I crave food, and the more I crave more carbs. This is even stronger if I start my day with carbs.

    I do best if I have no more than ONE fruit or complex carbohydrate containing 15 grams of carbs at each meal.
    1334 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/30/2014 5:01:10 PM
    I do better with protein for breakfast. It fills me up.
    1355 days ago
    1355 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    I enjoy breakfast and try a variety of things to stop the snacking between lunch. I've found that plain emoticon , mixed with Kashi granola, emoticon bacon or sausage and a piece of fruit with emoticon really works for me. Most of the time, I do an emoticon white vegie omelet. Good for you in findgin somethign that works! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1399 days ago
    I don't know what your goal is...but balance is always good. Usually for weight loss 40% carbs, 30% protein ,and 30% fat is widely recommended. If you workout with any intensity your fuel needs for your workouts will be greater. Many extreme athletes eat up to 60% carbs with not usually less than 20% fat and 20% protein. Remember lean protein, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and good fats...that's all you need to eat...don't stuff yourself. Your brain needs's the only thing that it uses. Hope that helps...good luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1401 days ago
  • LINDA!
    When I have more protein in the morning I am full almost all day. I have eaten a lot of carbs for breakfast lately....and unless I exercise or fill up on water...I get hungry. emoticon
    1402 days ago
    I have protein with breakfast, it seems to keep me fuller longer.
    1402 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Protein keeps your blood sugar stable. If I have carbs, I have a protein with them for almond milk, cottage cheese or yogurt.

    Have a great day.
    1402 days ago
    I try to go high protein for breakfast, but I also need some fiber. If I eat eggs, I add 2 or 3 servings of veggies.

    one of my favorite breakfasts (and it really stays with me) is Kashi hot cereal with some Greek yogurt stirred in. Maybe some blueberries and chopped walnuts.
    1402 days ago
    I have and found protein sticks with you, but the carbs energize you
    1402 days ago
    proteins keep u fuller longer which is probably why u don't snack as much.
    1402 days ago
    I have experimented with carbs vs proteins. I always thought about how protein had the staying power and I would do best with a high protein breakfast. However, strangely enough, I have been noticing that on days where all I have for breakfast is one or two bowls of honey nut cheerios with milk or soy milk (did somebody say sugar?), I have seen the scale go down the next morning. Go Figure. Bet wishes, Glenn
    1402 days ago
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