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1/2/13 10:14 P

I always ate a very healthy breakfast... broccoli omlet with mushrooms or something like that but really that was my down fall.. I just don't lose weight easily and now that I have breast cancer it is more like life and death important to lose weight so even though exercising 5 or 6 hours a week swimming lengths and having a restricted calorie diet I am still only losing maybe 1 pound a month.... so I gave up breakfast ...This was a radical change but I had been fasting all night so it wasn't so hard to give up breakfast i would swim for an hour or two and fast about 14 to 16 hours then eat sensibly..... no grocery shopping on the way home... and the monthly weight loss increased...It seems to be working...

MAZDAWD50 Posts: 237
12/31/12 7:19 P

Anyone can say anything and someone will go for it. They are usually just saying something that someone WANTS to hear. For example, if you are not a breakfast eater and have had to listen to all the "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" comments, chances are you are going to jump on something that says it is more healthy not to eat breakfast. And there is always a band wagon going down the street and people are always jumping on or off depending on which way the wind is blowing. Something new comes along and people start pushing it and than someone else comes along and says that's all wrong.

In the end, you have to go with what works for you and what makes sense to you and what you can stick with. I used to always skip breakfast. Always said it made me less hungry throughout the day and I ate less when I didn't have breakfast and all the usual arguments. And I just kept gaining weight and making poor choices because of hunger at the most inopportune times (when there were no healthy choices around). I lacked energy, dragged myself to work, often couldn't concentrate. Eating a high carb, calorie loaded breakfast didn't do me much good either. So I came to the conclusion that personally, I needed breakfast but it needed to be a healthy breakfast. One that added energy and brain fuel. One that kept me going. So that it what I aim for. Everyone has to pick what works for them. Just be aware, just about anything one does can work in the short run, but it's the long run that counts. What is sustainable, what is going to give you overall health, mind, body and soul, what is going to keep you in the game, doing the things you want to do.

12/31/12 6:46 P

The only way I can respond to this post is with my own person experience. My weight gan is attributed to not eating breakfast and then barely getting lunch, which would result in over indulging at night. I disagree with any supposed doctor that says the importance of eating breakfast is a myth. When you sleep your body is actually working overtime. It is repairing muscles that were worked during a workout, as well as other things. Your body needs to be refueled after working for eight hours.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
12/31/12 6:33 P

I think the article will confuse people because breakfast means different things to different people and the author has not made much distinction between healthy breakfasts and unhealthy breakfasts.

I do think it matters how many calories you consume for breakfast and what kind of foods you are eating. I don't think you need to skip any meals to lose weight though.

12/31/12 2:13 P

I think what it comes down to is do what's best for you. If you feel better by eating breakfast then go for it. I can't eat breakfast. If I eat in the morning it makes me physically ill so I have to wait until around 11:30 to eat. I'm not going to argue it's the healthiest way to live but I guess the way I see it is I'm relatively healthy given that I'm overweight but not eating breakfast hasn't severely hurt my health so it can't be that horrible, right? As was previously stated, I think this author is trying to tell the public information that is already known just stated differently.

CAH-RD Posts: 1,084
12/31/12 12:08 P

I'd never suggest skipping breakfast. First, it slows down your metabolism. Second, you are more likely to eat more later in the day if you skip breakfast. Third, you need those calories = energy to function at your best. And my list goes on. I can't ever go a day without breakfast.

12/31/12 9:11 A

If you talk to five different nutritionists, you're going to get five different answers. You have to do what works for you. For me, I skip breakfast when I know I'm going to eat a large lunch.

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12/31/12 7:41 A

I could skip breakfast but then my co-workers would likely string me up. No food = grumpy girl.

ATHENA1966 Posts: 4,003
12/30/12 2:46 P

I just don't buy that skipping breakfast is healthy. I feel crummy if I don't eat breakfast.

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12/30/12 2:02 P

I hate to say it, but there is some merrit to his article. In the bodybuilding world there is a a lot of debate between the 12-hour and 16-hour fast. My trainer recommends a 12hr fast (not eating past 7pm), but I know others that recommend 16 hours. So instead of eating for 12 hours throughout the day, you're only eating 8, which should equal less calories consumed throughout the day. This is what the author's really getting at. I think he spinned it the wrong way so is argument is hard to digest.

Remember, Breakfast literally means "break fast." So whether you eat first thing in the morning, or 3 hours later, it's still the most important meal of the day because it kicks your metabolism into high gear.

Edited by: ARMARTIN527 at: 12/30/2012 (14:02)
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12/30/12 10:44 A

The article states:

"Conclusion: Overweight people should "consider the reduction of breakfast calories as a simple option" to lose weight."

It seems like his whole point is to eat less calories and you will lose weight... not exactly new information there.

He seems to be against eating a "big, hearty breakfast" as he calls it, but he doesn't really define what that is. Well if to him a "big, hearty breakfast" is lots of bacon, greasy hash browns that came out of the freezer, and pancakes slathered in butter and syrup then I agree that eating that would not be the best way to go in the morning. However, I think even the author of this article would have a hard time telling me that my hard boiled egg whites, half a whole grain English muffin, and cup of low fat milk is going to harm me at breakfast time. He is just looking to sell books by coming out with a "revolutionary" idea... I will still be eating breakfast.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
12/29/12 11:20 P

interesting point of view, but I'm still against skipping breakfast. I think eating less and healthier foods will do more good than avoiding eating to save the calories. I think working WITH your metabolism is more effective than against it.

12/29/12 8:40 P

I have noticed that for every "rule" a new "expert" will come out with a theroy that is the opposite of what common knowledge is. my guess is maybe for a small group this does work, but as for me I am so much healthier and less hungry when I eat my breakfast within 2 hours of getting up.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,569
12/29/12 4:32 P

I know that when I skip breakfast. I am hungry and shaky all day. And I can eat and eat and never feel satisfied. Which usually leads to a binge.

When I eat breakfast it keeps me in check and I don't binge.

Usually the fad diets that don't work tell you to skip breakfast

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 12/29/2012 (16:33)
MUSHCAT Posts: 4,639
12/29/12 4:23 P

I believe the body needs healthy nutrition in the morning, and should be kept fueled in mini-meals that are healthy throughout the day.

I also find that a mindful breakfast sets the tone for healthy eating the rest of the day. If I skip breakfast, I find I make unwise choices later in the day. I'll grab an unhealthy snack and tell myself it's not going to do any harm because I skipped breakfast.

Edited by: MUSHCAT at: 12/29/2012 (16:28)
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12/29/12 1:07 P

I honestly feel that skipping breakfast has been a big part of why i cant get wt to normal limits. I have struggled my whole life with an eating disorder and have consistantly had a diet in the 800 to 1000 calorie range which has caused me to do nothing but gain wt. So im going with what my Eating Disorder therapist tells me and that its very important to have regularly spaced meals and snacks.

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12/29/12 12:38 P

Anything that opens with "in my new book" in the first two paragraphs is automatically biased and suspect.

I think I'll go with established medical advice on this one. ;)

12/29/12 11:12 A

Here’s a summary of the hypothalamic leptin switch:

Leptin is a chemical messenger made in fat cells that speaks to the hypothalamus gland in the brain. The hypothalamus coordinates metabolic activity throughout the 20 trillion cells that make up the human body.
Hypothalamus_location_webScientists found that based on leptin levels in the blood, the hypothalamus instructs the entire body as to:
whether cells should burn fat or sugar,
whether the body should feel hungry or not and
whether the metabolic rate should be set high or low in terms of calorie burning.
Therefore, leptin levels are very close to all important in terms of energy management in the human body.

12/29/12 10:45 A

the idea of skipping breakfast is that it continues into a mini fast since you haven't eaten overnight.....which gets the leptin back in control... sometimes it is about 16 hours of a few times of this and if you are not diabetic the hunger diminishes..
Leptin is a hormone secreted by the body that acts on the hypothalamus of the brain, which controls hunger and body weight. Here’s how leptin works: Your fat cells have internal sensors that tell them to fill up. As more fat enters a fat cell, that cell secretes leptin. Leptin’s role in the body is to produce feelings of satiety after meals. However, if leptin isn’t around or the signal isn’t being received, then your hunger/appetite switch gets turned off, and you continue to accumulate fat.

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12/29/12 10:29 A


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12/29/12 7:48 A

I tend to question the validity of an author who says everyone else is wrong and he is right. Breakfast works for me, so I am sticking with it.

12/29/12 5:22 A

Skipping breakfast has never worked for me. I invariably make up for the hunger by overeating at some other point in the day.

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12/29/12 5:16 A

If I skip breakfast I find that I am hungry all day emoticon

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12/29/12 2:30 A

when i was skipping breakfast i was putting on weight .....when i started eating breakfast my weight started to drop.......guess it depends on the person itself as our biorhythms are as individual as we are

12/28/12 9:40 P

Well I read this and have been trying it with success. I don't always skip breakfast but when
I get up and plan to swim withing in an hour for 90 minutes to 120 minutes. I skip breakfast and after swimming eat a healthy lunch with protein and carbohydrates... I have been losing weight instead of that plateau.... I read about this with Doctor Mercola and talking about turning off the fat switch... If I am doing other work and can't come home in a couple of hours I eat breakfast that will last me several hours.

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12/28/12 7:56 P

I agree with many of the notes....If I eat breakfast I eat more all is as though it triggers my need for food and increases my appetite....however, if I wait till noonish I do much better and do not seem to feel the need to increase caloric intake at night....I am a tea, lemon water girl till noonish....I run in the morning too which further decreases my appetite...

URBANK9 Posts: 895
12/28/12 7:45 P

Personally I find if I eat breakfast I end up eating too much that day. But I don't go hours and hours with no food in the morning if I don't eat breakfast because usually I don't get up that early.

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12/28/12 2:35 P

I wouldn't say it's healthier to not eat breakfast. Lots of people say it's good to start the day with a nutritious breakfast and in some ways that is true. Many people who eat breakfast are less likely to overeat later in the day. I have heard over and over that it is good for your metabolism to eat in the morning.

Honestly, in my opinion, I would say it's whatever works for you. Some folks have a hard time stomaching food in the morning and if you don't have issues overeating because the lack of morning food then go for it.

My thing is if you stick to your calories then you will be fine. Calories in, calories out. No matter what time of day.

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12/28/12 12:42 P

Not true, sorry. Breakfast is a very important meal.

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12/28/12 12:40 P

I don't buy it. Don't believe everything you read on the internet :)

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12/28/12 11:42 A

I think it is B.S.

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12/28/12 11:25 A

My father had a great saying, "the paper won't refuse the ink". In other words, just because you read it in a magazine (or see it on tv), it doesn't mean it's true.

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12/28/12 11:24 A

I read the article too. Someone just trying to make a profit. If I eat a protein packed breakfast, I'm usually not hungry until 12:30. If I don't eat or don't eat a lot of protein, I end up snacking in the morning.

12/28/12 11:21 A

wow, I just read that article. Sounds like a lot of manipulation of 'facts' to sell a book. And basically he says that skipping breakfast will help you lose weight. Rarely are the things that people do to lose weight considered healthy anyway. It seems that most people trying to lose weight just want to be thin regardless of their health. That's how cleanses, fasts, and pills became popular. Sometimes I wish it was a little harder than it is to publish a book :/

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12/28/12 11:10 A

I see a nutritionist monthly and she constantly tells me to eat breakfast. It makes since though, your brain is completely dehydrated from sleeping and your body is still in sleep mode. Putting food into it wakes you up and nourishes your body until the next meal. Your metabolism wouldn't work properly if you didn't constantly put some sort of fuel in it.

At least that is my opinion. And since I started eating breakfast and balancing my meals, I've lost 30 pounds....I will definitely be sticking with thee meals a day...

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12/28/12 11:05 A

Anyone else seen this article? Apparently the author is suggesting that all those doctors and nutritionists telling us that you shouldn't skip breakfast were wrong. Apparently skipping breakfast is healthier for you and helps you consume less calories through the day.
What do you think about it?

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