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What time do you have to eat breakfast to make it count??


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Quick question:  I know you are suppose to eat breakfast to kick off your matabolism but how early or how late can you eat?

I get up with my twins at 7:00 and change them, dress them, and feed them.  I usually get a cup of coffee while I am doing this and I don't seem to get to eat my breakfast till 9:00 but sometimes I am not really hungrey until I put them down for a nap so its like 10:30 before I eat.  Is 3 1/2 hour after I wake up too long to consider it breakfast?

I lost 10 lbs in the first couple of weeks and have not changed anything and the last couple of weeks I have put 4 back on.  I know weight fluctuates but it has been consistant.  Whats up?

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I think 2-3 hours is enough to call it skipping breakfast.  After 6-8 hours of fasting during sleep, your body probably needs food right away.  And after another 2-3 hours of fasting during the day, your body needs food even more.  And while working hard with kids and drinking coffee causing a fast metabolism, your body needs food even more.

Doing all of that at once probably sends your body into mega starvation mode, eating muscle and preparing to increase fat storage as soon as the next meal comes...

The reason scientists say breakfast is important is because it gets your body off on the right foot...

In order to make your breakfast "count" you should try to eat it within 20 minutes of waking up (and the closer to wake up the better!).

Even eating a protien bar (careful about high sugar/high fat ones!) could be a quick and hassle free way of getting some breakfast food into you while you help the kids get ready in the morning.

Sometimes your weight loss will plateau (or even rebound to a gain) when you stop feeding it the amount it was accustomed to. It could be that your body is holding on to anything it can so that you aren't starving it. If your eating hasn't changed has your exercise level? If not... you might actually need to increase your calorie intake (not too much!) so that your body doesn't think you are starving yourself.

A healthy rate of weight loss should be 1 to 2 lbs per week. If you exceeded this rate of weight loss that could explain why you haven't lost any recently - or even the re-gain.

Make sure you are eating small amounts throughout the day to keep that metabolism level boosted and to help fight off that "starvation" reaction.  Getting in your breakfast earlier should help too!

Best of luck!!!

i try to eat within an hour of getting up. skipping breakfast makes me feel weird/tired all day. plus giving your body breakfast really helps keep up your metabolism after your night of fast. that's why it's called break-fast. not eating for that many hours is bound to slow down your metabolism.

Thanks I have always wondered about the breakfast thing.  I have never eaten that quickly before.  I guess I will have to find a low cal thing I can eat right away and leave it on my bed stand to eat in the am. 

Thanks for all the info

Original Post by jef9up:

In order to make your breakfast "count" you should try to eat it within 20 minutes of waking up (and the closer to wake up the better!).

Even eating a protien bar (careful about high sugar/high fat ones!) could be a quick and hassle free way of getting some breakfast food into you while you help the kids get ready in the morning.

Sometimes your weight loss will plateau (or even rebound to a gain) when you stop feeding it the amount it was accustomed to. It could be that your body is holding on to anything it can so that you aren't starving it. If your eating hasn't changed has your exercise level? If not... you might actually need to increase your calorie intake (not too much!) so that your body doesn't think you are starving yourself.

A healthy rate of weight loss should be 1 to 2 lbs per week. If you exceeded this rate of weight loss that could explain why you haven't lost any recently - or even the re-gain.

Make sure you are eating small amounts throughout the day to keep that metabolism level boosted and to help fight off that "starvation" reaction. Getting in your breakfast earlier should help too!

Best of luck!!!

WOW!!  I've never thought about eating that soon after waking up.  I'm just barely out of bed by then.  Because of time, I wait to eat until I get at work, about 1.5 hrs after waking up.  Even on weekends, its usually 1-2 hrs before breakfast is served.  I'm not sure I could stomach food right away, but I have fairly bad Acid Reflux and can't eat for at least 30 minutes because of my medicine.

You have given me "food" for thought Cool!!  Maybe I'll try grabbing a few bites while I do my make up and see how that goes.

I get up at 6:30am and I don't have to be at work until 9am. So i thought that if I ate as soon as I got up it would make me way to hungry before lunch, which i usually don't take until at least 2pm. Am i wrong in my thinking? I eat an english muffin for breakfast.

 

Angel

Yikes! I cannot imagine eating upon just getting up! I don't think I could get anything down. I get up at 7:00, do some light exercising, get in the shower. Then I drink a cup of coffee with 1/3 to 1/2 cup of almond milk in it. I make my own and it's richer and tastier than that pasteurized junk you buy in the store. I get dressed, do my hair, and make my breakfast and lunch to bring to work with me. Maybe the almond milk keeps me going. Anyway, I climb 260 stairsteps up a steep hill from the parking lot to my office. Then I eat my fruits at 9:30 when I get to work.


I eat lunch at 12:30. I never feel mush-brained or stupid from eating breakfast so long after getting up.

Original Post by angelfree:

I get up at 6:30am and I don't have to be at work until 9am. So i thought that if I ate as soon as I got up it would make me way to hungry before lunch, which i usually don't take until at least 2pm. Am i wrong in my thinking? I eat an english muffin for breakfast.

 

Angel

 I usually split my breakfast up into 2 or 3 small meals and practically eat all morning.  I have a meal-replacement shake about 6:30, a serving of oatmeal about 8:30 and some fruit about 10:30.  Then, I have my lunch at 12:30.  Maybe some healthy snacks could help keep you satisified until lunch. 

Great advice Lola. I'll try that.

Angel

Everything I have read says to eat as soon as you can and within the first hour you're awake.    But remember... a glass of milk has calories and will get you started!  It's better than nothing.  A protein shake, a granola bar, it doesn't have to be anything big.... it just has to be something.   
I had to teach myself how to eat breakfast again.   It had been 10 years since I had actually eaten breakfast on a regular basis.   I had coffee first and wasn't hungry until after 10am.   But... eating breakfast now keeps me satisfied until lunch if I eat well. 
Protein sure helps!  Eggs or kashi's cereal with protein ... if I eat something sweet... it actually makes me hungry in just over an hour.

So drink something before you get the kids up... and then eat something as a snack.  If you don't like breakfast... there are ways around it!  :)
Have a piece of toast with a tbsp. of peanut butter or a container of yogurt with granola or fiber one cereal with your cereal. Then later on around 10 or 10:30 when you would have normally eaten breakfast have a piece of fruit.
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