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Is 5 cups of cereal every morning too much?


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I'm addicted to cereal.  I have a 4 cup bowl and I overfill it every morning.  I have a cereal appy too. I try a handful of cereal of each box that we have before eating my regular bowl. 

I think I average about 5 cups of cereal every day + 3 cups of milk.  Sometimes I eat so much of it my back hurts when I'm done.  I love cereal. I try to limit my carb in take later in the day since I eat so much cereal in the AM, but was wondering if maybe I should reduce it to 4 cups. lol.

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Original Post by catinaa:

Sometimes I eat so much of it my back hurts when I'm done. 

i don't think cereal is the real problem.

 

5 cups of anything seems like too much Surprised

Do you eat anything else? Seems like 5 cups of cereal + 3 cups of milk would be about 1000-1400 calories.

If I were you, I'd try 2.5 cups with a cup of milk and then wait an hour and see if you really need the rest.

Better yet, try 1.5 cups of cereal, loaded up with a sliced banana, and 3 cups of berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries). You should find it extremely filling and much more nutritious.

I personally can't even fathom eating 5 cups of cereal, but that's just me cause I'm not really into cereal so I usual eat a cup, a cup and a half at the most.

What kind of cereal are we talking here?

I agree with jeremygood that 5 cups of anything seems like overkill, but what is it about cereal that pushes your buttons?  Sugar?  Are you that hungry?

I hope it's not 5 cups of Kellogg's FiberPlus -- at 11 grams of fiber per cup, you'd be spending some time in the bathroom after breakfast.

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Thank you all! I need to hear this to stop my cereal madness!  I've been eating a mix of Kashi whole grain puffs (70 calories per cup) + Nature's Flax Plus Flakes (110 per 3/4 cup) with Almond unsweetened milk (70 calories).  So it's ranges from 600-750 calories.  I need to reduce the amount I eat - I know.  But I love it!  Maybe I should switch to a smaller bowl and not measure.  When I measure it out and I eat less, I feel like I'm missing out.  And sometimes will go back for more. 

Like I said, I'm addicted to cereal. I love the cold crunchiness of it.  I look forward to it everyday.  What's sad, is that I avoid going out with people for breakfast because it would mean I would have to miss my bowl of cereal. 

I can't say that it's too much for you but it would be way too much for me.  You might want to try a more filling cereal.

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It takes me about 20 minutes to eat the whole thing.  Ok - thanks everyone for confirming that I am eating way to much!  I was hoping I wasn't the only one eating that much.  I'm embarrassed by the amount of cereal I eat and need to get control over this! 

Okay, so we don't use cup measurements in the UK, but I just looked it up and holy poop! That really does seem like way too much to me. 20 minutes seems like a hell of a long time to eat a bowl of cereal too. No food should make your back hurt from eating too much, so you really need to nip this in the bud.

Like most people have said, I think a more filling cereal would help, but have you also thought of using a smaller bowl. Having such a huge bowl might make you feel like you need to fill it right up when really you can probably subsist on a normal amount. Try eating a smaller amount in a regular sized bowl and then see if you really need all that extra afterwards.

 

Try eating more protein and fat with your breakfasts.  You're heavy on the carbs and fiber, but an egg or some yogurt (with some fat in it) might help you feel more satisfied.  I know these Kashi and whatever cereals are supposed to be good for you but they're still pretty much processed cereal.

Also remember: It's not like the world is ending.  You don't have to eat it all now; it will still be there tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.

Awwh, i love cereal too. When my friends stayed over when we where kids i used to give them cereal and they used to complain that when they thought they where done more cereal would emerge from the milk! Paha!

5 cups is a bit much.  do you eat a decent sized lunch and dinner too? because if your getting the majority of your daily calories from breakfast, i don't think that's healthy either :/

are you gaining/losing? because if your trying to gain then allthough 5 cups is a lot, i wouldnt restrict on anything your bodies craving :)

I can't imagine eating 5 cups of cereal in one go, but I tend to get full pretty quickly.  (My weight issues stem from food choices rather than food volume.)  Try eating half that, then stopping and waiting to see if you're really still hungry after. Sometimes it takes a while for the stomach to catch up.

What are you having for dinner or lunch?

Or how about spacing it out and eating small amounts as snacks?

Some cereals have a 1/2 cup as one serving...especially the "healthy", denser high-fiber cereals...  I don't know what your goals are (gaining weight, losing weight, getting fitter...?), but 5 cups of cereal is potentially TEN SERVINGS.  WAY too much for one person to eat in one sitting.  You need some variety -- some protein with breakfast!  ...or fruit. 

Have you tried just having ONE CUP at a time?  Take it away from the box, sit and eat it...enjoy each bite...add some cut up banana to the bowl...  give your stomach a while to FEEL full before you go back for another cup.  And if you do feel the need to go back, only give yourself ONE CUP.  Sit and enjoy it...give time after this bowl, get up and do something else...drink some water...  After 2 cups you should be satisfied.  :)

My favorite cereal is one cup per serving.  I eat one cup with 2/3 cup of milk and 1/3 cup of raisins as my breakfast and it holds me over to lunch without a problem.  That's about 400 calories, if I had 5 bowls that would be 2000 calories.  I wouldn't be able to eat anything the rest of the day.

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Thank you all! I'm motivated to start my day right tomorrow with a normal amount of cereal. 

Just to let you all know, my weight is fine and I work out 5 days a week.  I've been getting away with eating that much cereal, but it's time to stop the madness.  My addiction is so bad, I keep 4-5 boxes of cereal on "Stand by".  It gives me anxiety if there's only one box left, so I always have to extra cereal and milk.  It's so bad.

Anywho, thanks again for all the advice!  Tomorrow is a new day and I'm going to try to eat only 3-4 cups of cereal.  Wish me luck!

Maybe try eating less cereal, but adding nuts or fruit to it to "bulk" it a little?

i used to eat that much cereal too! :P Id mix loads of different ones together and have thw bowl over flowing! mwa ha ha, never did me any harm, was happy and healthy, and if your happy, healthy and enjoy it, in my opinion i dont see whats wrong with it....but mayeb thats just me

Infact i look forward to eating that much cereal again!

Original Post by beth22_x:

Infact i look forward to eating that much cereal again!

When?

If you don't have a weight problem and love it, then why do you think it's a problem?

I used to date a guy who ate a GIANT bowl of shreddies and chocolate milk for breakfast every day (he was not overweight either). I acutally had to go buy bigger bowls for him when we started dating ... I'd say they were probably 4 cup bowls and he'd get as much in them as he could. He looked so forward to his shreddies ... Undecided

Why's it a problem? Probably not the best food to over indulge in, but definitley not the worst either.

Original Post by sybil878:

If you don't have a weight problem and love it, then why do you think it's a problem?

I used to date a guy who ate a GIANT bowl of shreddies and chocolate milk for breakfast every day (he was not overweight either). I acutally had to go buy bigger bowls for him when we started dating ... I'd say they were probably 4 cup bowls and he'd get as much in them as he could. He looked so forward to his shreddies ...

Why's it a problem? Probably not the best food to over indulge in, but definitley not the worst either.

^^ this :) if something isnt a problem, why change it?

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