Is Breakfast Really the MOST Important Meal of the Day?
Everyone "knows" that to start your day right you must start with a big breakfast. Cereal commercials, popular media, even our favourite cartoons harp on us to wake up and start eating. "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! If you skip breakfast your body will eat itself into starvation...and stall fat loss and your metabolism will crash and blah blah blah."
This is a MYTH. Skipping breakfast will not ruin anything. How did this start? There IS a CORRELATION between skipped breakfasts (and fewer meals overall) and a higher body weight. But CORRELATION does not mean CAUSATION. There was a time coffee was CORRELATED to lung cancer - but what was missed was that most people puffed a cigarette with their morning brew. When it came to the breakfast study - the researchers' conclusion was that this population was "on the run and more likely to consume candy bars and soda throughout the day" - meaning because their meals were not structured or regulated, OVERALL they tended to overeat. Breakfast does not do anything unique to your metabolism!
Where do we run into a problem?
A lot of us have extremely busy lives and we are always on the go... especially in the morning. We don't have time to sit down and have a proper mindful meal. This type of mindless eating frequently is a cause of overeating behaviours. That and the morning stress, and it turns into a pattern of "2 waffles too many". Speaking of waffles.
Breakfast Foods are not satiating.
Cereals, waffles, pancakes, donuts, croissants... all staple breakfast foods. Easily digestible carbs - this makes sense because most people don't have the stomach for the big bacon +eggs plate when they just wake up. We want a snack... a "light breakfast". SO breakfast ends up being coffee and a donut/muffin/some concoction of simple carbs and sugars. This high calorie meal leaves us completely unsatisfied and ravenous.... resulting in empty calories that do nothing for satiety.
Do I Eat Breakfast?
I work out early in the morning. I train fasted, and after my workout I am STARVING. So I have breakfast. My breakfast is usually a combination of chicken breast, avocado and ezekiel bread. Sometimes it is a salad, but it always looks more like a "lunch" than a "breakfast". Does it change ANYTHING? No. It's just convenient for me with my lifestyle. My overall macros and calories are the same so things are progressing as per usual. When I worked out in the evenings, I fasted in the mornings and it was great.
Do what works for you, keep your calories in check.... and put the pancakes away - unless they are my protein pancake recipe ;)
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