We all do it: We wake up in the morning, rush toward the shower, grab our toothbrush on the way out, put on some clothes, do a little personal grooming, and rush out the door. Anyone see the problem here?
I do. What happened to breakfast?
Why do we do this to ourselves? Because we know that we’ll be alright if we only get something else a little later on instead of now? Are we even properly gauging what we can actually handle?
Here’s the skinny: It’s called breakfast because you’re breaking the fast that you endure when sleeping. You fast during sleep, you wake up, you eat! If you wait until lunch time.. what happens? You’re starving, and likely to order to first 1,300 calorie burger you can get your mitts on and pow! Overeating again!
Is it an issue of time? If so, here’s a suggestion. Grab a waffle or two. Cut up some fruit in ziploc bags, and grab one in the morning as you prepare your shower or get your thoughts together for the day.
No matter how many times you hear your friends say otherwise, skipping breakfast isn’t saving you calories in the slightest. They eventually wind up overcompensating for the calories lost at breakfast, because the body is much more hungry than it would’ve been at breakfast. It’s not beneficial to your weight loss efforts at all!
It could be as complex as a salsa omelette, or as simple as a half of a grapefruit sliced in fourths. The important thing here is to nourish your body in the morning, so that you’re not eating to make up for 14-16 hours of starvation at lunch time. Your tummy will thank you for it!
I have never thought about eating breakfast is breaking a fast –very valid.
I find for me there is no way I can eat a FULL breakfast I would want to crawl back in bed.
But I also know when I don’t consume anything I am starving and over eating by 11:30.LOL
The balance for me is a Carnation Instant Breakfast couple of pieces of fruit or some meat. It really does change the flow of my eating routine for the day, for the better.
As always sis, great post!
my mom taught me as a child to always eat breakfast, so it something I’ve always done. I usually only have juice at home in the morning, but I work less than 10 min from my house so I eat when I get there. its small–usually a cereal bar, coffee, then fruit or apple sauce, then I have a snack again at 11, and lunch between 1-2. eating every couple hours keeps my energy up. the only time I really get the itis is if I eat TOO MUCH at lunch and it makes me heavy and lethargic.
Reecie, see, breakfast was never a huge deal – a lot of the things that my Mom did, we never talked about why.. so it was easy for me to abandon a lot of it when I got older. Besides, at a certain age, I was waking up so late that I was nothin’ to skip breakfast and go on with my day. Silly, right? It sounds like you’ve got the perfect setup to avoid the downfalls of skipping breakfast… now if we could only avoid this ‘itis issue! 🙂
Cryssy, thanks! What do you consider a full breakfast, I wonder? Sometimes, we get hung up on the full meals we see on TV or in the commercials, and don’t realize that a lot of that is marketing – they want us to buy the hash browns, the eggs, the toast, the sausage – and it’s unnecessary to do so much. A nice chunk of fruit, or a breakfast bar can sometimes do the trick pretty well if you follow it up with a snack an hour or so later, much like Reecie said above. Give it a shot!
Although I’m not a morning person, I still find time to sit down and eat breakfast while watching the news before I head off to work. A lot of people seem to eat (or not eat) when they come in to work and then have lunch around 1pm. I can’t do that to myself because I’ll overdo it when lunch time comes around. Then I’ll have to deal with the itis when I go back to work.
I’m finally getting myself in gear to lose weight since I still have my handsome face. My supervisor tried to give me a huge pastry yesterday and I respectfully declined for the first time. Thanks to your sight and past experiences with weight loss, I have a solid game plan to finally get back to my high school weight.
For the last several months I’ve been consistently eating breakfast. I do wait until I get to work but at least I eat it now. I used to be so famished that it took a huge lunch to satisfy me. Now I eat oatmeal with raisins or bananas, sweetened with a little agave or honey (Lord, I hope it’s real honey) just about every day. I’ve read bad things about all the carbs in oatmeal but I notice that when I have oatmeal for breakfast I stay full longer and usually just eat a smallish lunch with maybe fruit for snack. I also stopped drinking coffee in the morning. Even the little bit of sweetener I put in it had me craving sugar all day.
(I saw your e-mail about this, the oatmeal, and I just couldn’t find anything to legitimately substantiate those claims. Not only do I advocate for oatmeal, but it’s in ALL of the meal plans I offer on the blog.)
Thank you! Thaks good to know. I read it in a blog post on a fitness site (not sure if I sent it to you) but it sounded strange to me, so I had to ask. I’ve felt a LOT better since I began eating oatmeal in the morning and the weight is slowly coming off. I need to up my exercise and I’m sure I’ll see better results.
I try my best to eat breakfast every morning. When i’m in a big rush i at least grab a piece of fruit. Better than no breakfast at all lol
I commute in to work each morning. So I usually do a simple breakfast. I fix me a cup of wheat bran cereal with 2% milk and a banana. I am usually good to go until lunch time. I want to start drinking smoothies in the morning. Is that a good idea?
Yeah started to make sure I eat breakfast this month. Sometimes eating nuts and fruit bowl. Even old leftovers from the night before. Breakfast is great.
Thank you. You are right. I have been skipping breakfast. Sometimes I don’t eat until 12 noon, perhaps later. I have been so hungry lately, you will not believe. I mean to the point where I am very irritated. The other day I overate. I just had to tell my loved one, that I need to stop and get me something to eat for breakfast.
Thank you. You are right. I have been skipping breakfast. Sometimes I don’t eat until 12 noon, perhaps later. I have been so hungry lately, you will not believe. I mean to the point where I am very irritated. The other day I overate. I just had to tell my loved one, that I need to stop and get me something to eat for breakfast. I need to go home and fix me something before we go out.
Glad I happened to find this article! Great website all around! I try to make sure I have SOMETHING in the morning…even if its a protein shake. I have a long time friend who hasn’t eaten breakfast since she was in high school(she’s 40 now). She simply won’t do it refuses to believe she overeats the rest of the day. Since college, she’s always said she eats a “heavy lunch” bc it’ll keep her full for the rest of the night. She actually believes this! It doesn’t work, bc she goes out to eat dinner and when she doesn’t she munches all night. She doesn’t think those calories “count.” I tried to talk to her over the years, but she’s not changing. Oh and by the way…she’s been overweight for as long as I’ve known her(almost 15 yrs).
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