Breakfast Yes/No

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Posted: 12 Sep 2012, 22:19
I am new to the site and I have a question. Does it hurt you to never eat breakfast? Will it benefit me to eat breakfast while trying to lose weight?

Thanks for the help.

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 07:31
Studies have shown that eating breakfast does help when trying to loose weight, however if you find the thought of food absolutely repulsive first thing in the morning, perhaps try a wide variety of protein shakes that are available, or create your own.
Either way.. I am a strong believer that breakfast is needed everyday...

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 07:33
eating breakfast is one of the most important things you can do. Large studies have shown this.
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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 08:10
Hi, I myself don't eat breakfast & I feel great & the weight is flying off. I did eat breakfast following some folks suggestions, but I found that I was in fact starting to feel hunger between 10 & dinner time (12:00), as without having breakfast I was fine.

There is evidence to back up both camps at the end of the day so its not so black 'n' white.

Good luck
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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 08:25
Large studies can only ever show an average of the population. Only YOU will know if it works for you.

I am one of those who cannot face food (or drinks) in the morning for at least a couple of hours after I get up. By which point if I may as well wait until.

If I force myself to eat I feel nauseous and ill for hours afterwards.

On the odd occasion I am hungry when I get up, I do have breakfast. Otherwise not.

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 08:34
use the search function the issue has already been widely discussed also with some interesting articles

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 09:01
There is a correlation between eating breakfast and lower BMI, but as far as I know, there is no evidence that eating breakfast causes greater weight loss. And proponents of intermittent fasting argue that there are advantages to not having breakfast; there is some evidence to support their claims too, but it's not conclusive.

It's yet another issue that can probably be left to personal preference. Whichever approach makes you feel the best and makes it easiest to adhere to your diet is the better way to go.

As someone who's forgotten more about nutrition than I will ever know has said: "The theoretical advantages of any given dietary approach go straight out the window if it’s at odds with someone’s personal preference & adherence capability."

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 09:34
Eat breakfast!! Eat every few hours to maintain metbolism. Keeps bllod sugar even, makes you not want to binge. A slice of cheese with a fruit, a handful of nuts, a hummus wrap on a slice of romaine lettuce, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. These are examples of good for you snacks ... wherer there is sugar - balance it out with a protein.
Good luck!!
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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 11:42
I am one of those people that if I eat breakfast immediately when I get up, I sleepy again about an hour later, and I tend to eat more throughout the day.

Since I started following intermittent fasting, I give myself a window between 10am and 8pm to eat, so I don't eat for almost three hours after I get up. But more often than not, I don't eat until noon, because I'm just not hungry, which means I fast for 16 hours per day.

I have NOT experienced any ill effects of this eating program. I have a lot more energy, and I don't find myself wanting to go back to sleep after I eat. I also find I don't eat as much throughout the day.


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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 12:57
Repeating what most say, EAT BREAKFAST! The same way it take wood or fuel to start a fire, nutrients get for fire burning. Whether it be a smoothie, fresh made juice, oatmeal, eggs, yogurt, etc., you need to get your "fire" burning to get your body to burn more.
If people are getting sleepy or tired after breakfast, they're not consuming the right things. My .02

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 13:09
Thank you all for your post. I am one of those people who can not stand the thought of food in the morning. I usually just make a pot of Green Tea in the morning and then eat lunch.

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 13:09
If any of the "must eat breakfast" proponents have links to research demonstrating that meal timing in general or breakfast in particular, has any causal relationship with either resting metabolic rate or TDEE, please share them here.

I don't believe the evidence supports the idea that meal frequency over the course of 24 hours has any effect upon metabolism.

See, e.g.: Meal frequency and energy balance.
Finally, with the exception of a single study, there is no evidence that weight loss on hypoenergetic regimens is altered by meal frequency. We conclude that any effects of meal pattern on the regulation of body weight are likely to be mediated through effects on the food intake side of the energy balance equation.

Increased meal frequency does not promote greater weight loss in subjects who were prescribed an 8-week equi-energetic energy-restricted diet.
The premise underlying the present study was that increasing meal frequency would lead to better short-term appetite regulation and increased dietary compliance; furthermore, it was hypothesised that these predicted beneficial effects of increased meal frequency could have resulted from more favourable gut peptide profiles, potentially leading to greater weight loss. Under the conditions described in the present study, all three hypotheses were rejected.

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 13:19
There is no major benefit to eating breakfast, especially if it is something that doesn't sit well in your stomach. The real science behind weight loss still boils down to calories in/calories out. If going without breakfast doesn't make you overeat at lunch due to ravenous hunger, then skipping it is not going to sabotage your efforts.

For me, eating early in the morning makes me nauseous so why would I subject myself to that torture just because some study said I should? Ultimately, it's what works for you. One study does not fit all!



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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 13:33
Years ago I stopped eating breakfast, just drinking tea in the morning as I wished. I would then have a hearty lunch and a hearty supper. It worked for me just fine at that time.

The data behind the supposed need to eat breakfast, like the data behind eating frequent small meals, is laboratory data. Under laboratory conditions, experimental subjects are forced to eat controlled meals at certain times, and the experimenters can measure their body's efficiency at burning calories. And in fact, calories are burned in a somewhat more optimum way if more meals and more frequent meals are eaten.

However, under real world conditions, that all goes out the window. Americans in particular do not need to be encouraged to eat snacks, which are responsible for most of our weight gain in the past generation.

I see no reason for anyone to start eating breakfast in order to lose weight. It simply won't have that effect. If eating lots of small meals was the key to weight loss, we'd all be thin, now wouldn't we?

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 14:42
I am a believer in eating breakfast, mostly because I'd never make it to work if I didn't have something in my stomach, but if you see success without breakfast then keep with that routine. It definitely helps get me going in the morning, but I know not everyone can stomach the thought of breakfast. If you go without and don't see any results, try adding something in, a protein shake, eggs, cereal, just something to get you jump started in the a.m. I've found a lot of trial and error has come in with trying to lose weight and be healthy. Good luck!!
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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 18:03
Fullet, there are strong proponents on both sides of the breakfast debate. This must be confusing for you.

The bottom line is what works for you. Try both and keep of a record of how your body responds and how you feel.

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