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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,529
8/20/13 9:48 P

For me personally I don't skip breakfast. It just makes me more hungry later on.

And I am one of the people that is not satisfied with Oatmeal. And some whole grain cereals that are supposed to be so good for you, leave me hungry in two hours. So possibly consider what you are having for breakfast.

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8/20/13 7:35 P

I'm all in favor of skipping breakfast and intermittent fasting (IF) in general. I'd have to be, otherwise my 2+ year habit of eating one fat-rich meal a day wouldn't make much sense. IME, being insulin-resistant and depending on sugar for energy pretty much guarantees you will go through the day focused on your next 'fix' hour by hour, and will achieve a caloric deficit only by dint of much conscious suffering. Sleeping and/or skipping breakfast temporarily puts you into fat-burning mode until you restart the crave cycle with that bowl of oatmeal. When I traded the carbs for fat as major energy source, I became such a stranger to hunger that I often had to remind myself to eat...which is how I ended up at one meal a day (late dinner).

50YEARSAWIFE Posts: 7,668
8/19/13 1:38 P

never, never skip breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day.

MELBA321 Posts: 66
8/19/13 1:30 P

For too many years, I skipped breakfast. It was just too hard for me to feel hungry. Yet, I must agree to NOT do it. After hitting 30, my metabolism shot down & insomnia was impossible to get rid of. I finally *forced* myself to eat breakfast, at least 2 hours after waking up and that alone boosted my metabolism and improved my sleep.

Even if it's just a small piece of fruit or fruit juice with cheese, yogurt or milk, it will be beneficial to your overall health, diet/fitness goals and metabolism.

Once you start eating breakfast, it does get easier to keep up with; especially when you start noticing the difference it makes.

SPARK921 Posts: 3,353
8/19/13 11:19 A

My opinion is short and sweet. Don't do it. Proven fact people who eat breakfast mostly weigh LESS than those who skip and eat less calories overall throughout the day.

Do yourself a favor and fuel up for your day!

2013SWEETJANE SparkPoints: (8,879)
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8/19/13 11:09 A

The experts say that people who eat breakfast tend to lose more weight than those who skip it. I know a lot of people who simply aren't hungry first thing in the morning, and then are at work and too busy to think about eating until lunchtime. I guess it depends on knowing your own body. I have always eaten breakfast. For me it's kind of like brushing your teeth. You just do it because it's time, and you should! I think it makes sense, since you've been "fasting" since the prior evening meal, and your body needs energy consistently to enable you to think, move, etc. It doesn't have to be a big meal, but I think it's good to have something.

Edited by: 2013SWEETJANE at: 8/19/2013 (12:29)
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8/19/13 10:59 A

I don't eat breakfast simply because I am not hungry in the mornings. By about noon I am starting to get hungry and am ready to eat. If I eat early in the morning I feel hungry all day long. I don't get lightheaded or have any energy problems and I like being able to eat larger meals twice a day. I'd say if not eating breakfast works for you keep it up.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
8/16/13 4:31 P

I am of the party that says to never skip breakfast. your body hasn't been nourished for over 8 or more hours. My body will not let me wait another 4 or 5 when I normally eat lunch. I would get lightheaded and just plain mean. I would also be clawing at the vending machines or crap that other associates bring in.

I eat a good breakfast.

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8/16/13 4:29 P

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8/16/13 4:25 P

There are probably some people who do fine without breakfast, but you actually don't have to look that hard to find a lot of studies showing the benefits of breakfast for weight loss, weight-loss maintenance, and general health.

For what it's worth....

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8/16/13 3:48 P

I have found that when I eat breakfast, and particularly when I eat a substantial breakfast containing protein, I am less likely to be hungry later in the day and less likely to want to snack late at night.

The best thing that you can do is to track for several months, run the daily reports and see what really works for you. It looks like you are very focused on calories on this point, but the macronutrients are just as important, if not more. My guess is that you are probably not getting enough protein and that is why you are hungry. Increasing your fiber and fluid intake will help too. Are you getting too many carbs? Those represent a lot of calories, but they don't do much to keep you full.

A serving of oatmeal (1/2 C dry) is only 150 calories. Where are you getting 400 calories from?

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,182
8/16/13 2:47 P

I don't remember what I used to eat for breakfast during elementary and middle school. I started skipping breakfast in high school and would just drink coffee.

Then after high school, I continued working, but started going to college classes during the day for one semester. That is when I started having breakfast. I used to have grilled cheese. I have eaten breakfast ever since. If I skip, I get a headache, get punchy, and can't concentrate. I normally have a higher protein meal with eggs, meat, lots of veges, and a low carb tortilla. That fills me for several hours.

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8/16/13 2:11 P

I skip breakfast and have nearly my whole life... yeah... I never became obese or developed diabetes or any other health problems (I gained weight from eating too much while I was pregnant). I weighed 105 lbs soaking wet and was a breakfast skipper. I gave breakfast eating a whirl when I began losing weight and never adjusted to it. I just have no appetite before noon. I'm not going to force feed myself, it just doesn't work for me. It totally destroys my performance during my AM workouts and gives me runner's stitches. I do much better eating my "breakfast" at noon about 5-6 hours after I wake up. I drink coffee and tea with almond milk before then and plenty of water. I eat again at 3pm, again at 5pm, again at 8pm and again at 10pm.

Once I start eating it opens up the flood gates of appetite, if I start too early in the day... I just wind up overeating by 10pm before I turn into bed. So I've just adapted a later schedule, a way of eating that has always been natural to me. I listen to my body and eat when my body is hungry. I don't go any longer without eating than any regular person who eats dinner at 6pm and breakfast at 8-9am.

ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
8/16/13 10:13 A

Regardless of what any studies say, you are an adult who will make the choice as to what works best for you. The only recommendation that I would make is that you pre-plan your meals (including or not including breakfast) to ensure that you are getting in all of your required nutrients.

I'm another one who doesn't believe in eating when I'm not hungry, and I get severe nausea if I eat too close to waking. I am on morning meds that need to be taken with a meal, so I have compromised with having breakfast 2 or 3 hours after I get up so that I can take the meds. Breakfast makes me hungry in a short time, too (and it really doesn't matter what I eat --- I've tried many things), so I plan for that with a later morning snack.

By pre-planning, you know that you won't be going over your calories and that you are getting all of the nutrients you need (and I include tracking fibre, iron, calcium, potassium, and a few others in that). By experimenting, you can figure out what timing on meals makes you feel the best. That's really what it's about, isn't it?

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
8/16/13 9:10 A

You may find this article beneficial and can follow up with the references at its conclusion.

Today's Dietitian
July 2013 Issue

The Right Start — Tell Clients Breakfast Can Promote Weight Loss and Provide Other Great Benefits

These articles might help you get started with your healthy breakfast eating.

Members Share Their Favorite Breakfasts
Healthy Ideas from SparkPeople's Message Boards

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Eat Right, Even When There's No Time

Coach Tanya

8/16/13 9:01 A

I think skipping is a bad idea. It just makes you hungry the whole day.

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8/16/13 8:34 A

only one word for this "don't" it won't help you

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8/16/13 8:30 A

Please link to said studies, thank you.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,295
8/16/13 8:27 A

The have been several studies done that people who eat breakfast are less likely to develop diabetes and heart risks now as well as later in life, as well as, less likely to be obese.

I don't know what you were eating for breakfast when you said you gained weight. Have a small breakfast of maybe a 1/2 cup of blueberries and skim or cottage cheese and a sprinkle of matchstick carrots, 0% Fage Plain Greek yogurt with blueberries, Eggs or egg whites on a slice of rye toast.....breakfast doesn't have to be huge but a carb and a protein will balance you blood sugar and help keep energy levels up.

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8/16/13 7:28 A

Would love to have a link to those studies that say eating breakfast increases metabolic rate. Please link.

Track your calories first. Sometimes skipping breakfast promotes more consumption later in the day. For me personally, eating breakfast (no matter what I eat), encourages overconsumption. Skipping breakfast has been the cornerstone of successful maintenance for me.

Give it a shot.

8/16/13 6:57 A

I don't believe in eating when I'm not hungry. I usually drink coffee with heavy cream first thing and then I'll eat my breakfast 3 hours after I get up.

For me meal composition has the most impact on hunger levels. If I were to eat oatmeal, toast, or cereal for breakfast I would be hungry again in an hour. If I eat eggs, sausage and some sweet potato mash with spinach I can go from 9am - 1pm without being hungry. I like to cook but I don't want to be cooking all day long and I don't want to be hungry all day long either so I stick to high fat, moderate protein and lower carb meals. Yesterday I had lunch at 1pm and wasn't hungry for dinner until 7pm! Taco salad with a bowl of whipped cream for dessert!

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8/16/13 5:26 A

You really need to pay attention to what you eat for breakfast - play around until you find what works best for you. As an example, my sister will have a couple weet-bix for breakfast and a piece of fruit and a little yoghurt. She feels really full on that and it can last her quite a long time. For me, it wouldn't even begin to touch my sides. I eat a bowl of Rolled Oats adding 1/2 cup Soy Milk to that and have a banana, and it can last me at least 4 hrs, and is my breakfast of choice when I know I won't be able to have a morning snack. If my sister ate that, a couple hours later she is starving.

Others may find baked beans and whole-grain toast, and a piece of fruit, or a couple poached eggs, toast and a piece of fruit lasts them really well.

As far as not eating breakfast is concerned, I used to be like that. I wasn't hungry and often never ate anything until at least mid-day, even tho' I had been up and about for a few hours. I often wonder if it why my metabolism became extremely slow, which caused the weight gain in the first place, even tho' I always ate a normal weight-loss diet (calories) and very healthy foods. I can't go without breakfast now - not unless I'm not feeling very well.


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8/15/13 10:24 P

There are tons of studies that show eating brekfast, and specifically a healthy protien at brekfast helps your metabolism, helps you have energy, and helps you get through your morning without craving or binging.

but... even though i know that, i hate bk so end up skipping often. I do have a 20 oz soy chi, (8oz soy milk, rest chai tea unsweatened) and that hopefully helps a bit.

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8/15/13 9:41 P

I think I recommend breakfast because it helps to get those macronutrients in no matter what the day brings. I understand what you are saying as I didn’t eat until 2:30 or so but I ate a lot at that time and found that I would snack throughout the afternoon adding up calories by the end of the day. At first, eating breakfast everyday was strange but I find that I’m off without it now. I am working on getting a good balance so I’m not hungry a few hours after breakfast while making sure to hit my macro numbers. I say do what works, but make sure to hit your numbers. I will be aiming for a 500 calorie or more breakfast and this seems to be good for me. I put mushrooms and bell peppers in my egg beaters now and these help fill me up without busting my calorie budget. Maybe you can try a bigger, more filling, breakfast with two or three different foods.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
8/15/13 9:40 P

Well, there is no one right answer to fit every person, but as a general rule, eating some sort of breakfast is a good idea.

You might try changing the composition of your breakfast. I will say that eating a carb-heavy breakfast (oatmeal or cereal or toast or pancakes, that sort of thing) tends to leave me feeling hungry again very quickly. I do much better with a veggie omelette or yogurt and fruit... more protein, less starchy carbs. For me, this makes all the difference between a breakfast that leaves me hungry again by 10, and one that satisfies me till noon. Alternatively, you might try a lighter breakfast - I personally am not a fan of "smoothies" but lots of people are - quick, light, not too many calories, and depending how you make them, pretty nutritious.

Try changing it up before you decide to dispense with it altogether.

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8/15/13 9:23 P

I've been debating with myself whether or not I should be eating breakfast.
Before I went on my diet I never used to eat breakfast and was usually completely satisfied with it. I would wake up, go to school, come back home and eat my first meal at around 1.30pm.
Then I graduated school and started working in a kindergarten where I ate breakfast with the kids. That's when I started to gain weight (although I dont only blame my weightgain on eating breakfast. Around that time I also got my driverslicense and started moving around less).
Now a few month ago I decided to finally go on a diet. Since I read that breakfast is supposed to speed up your metabolism etc I went with that and kept eating breakfast. The problem with that is that I feel like these are calories that are completely unnecessary for me as I do not feel hungry in the morning at all. AND after I ate breakfast I feel like Im hungry again sooner and generally eat more throughout the day (like I ate at 8am and am hungry again at 11am when I wouldnt have been if I had skipped breakfast). The last two days are a good example of that.

Yesterday I ate Oatmeal for Breakfast at 8.30am (400calories), was hungry again at around 11.30 where I ate 2apricots (32calories) to satisfy me till my next meal, but I still counted the minutes till it was finally lunchtime at 1pm (400calories). The next meal I had was around 4.30 (200calories) and then I ate dinner at 7 (550 calories) and then a snack at 9.30 (300calories). Overall almost 1900calories and I felt hungry throughout most of the day, waiting till I allowed myself to have something to eat.

Today I didnt eat breakfast at all, felt hungry the first time around 11am where I ate a nectarine (60calories) that was satisfactory to me till 1.30pm when I ate lunch (350calories), I ate a banana (100calories) at around 4 and then dinner at 7 (500calories) and now Im gonna eat a snack of about 250calories. I almost didnt feel hungry at all between meals when i only consumed about 1300calories in total today!

So now Im really wondering if it wouldnt be a better idea to go back to my old eating habits? Whats your opinion on skipping breakfast.
Now I have to say that I tend to eat most of my calories in the evening, cause I really cant seem to be able to not eat anything after dinner. I am hungry regardless of whether I ate breakfast or not and I hate going to bed hungry!

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