I may make some enemies here by sharing these reasons why eating breakfast is actually preventing you from losing weight quickly rather than helping but I’m going to share it anyway.
I know that you’ve heard the advice that breakfast is the most important meal of the day if you want to lose weight. How about the “studies” that eating breakfast helps you to eat less during the day? Or maybe you’ve heard the one about eating like a king at breakfast, a commoner at lunch and a pauper at dinner. Well, pardon my french but I’m calling bullsh*t.
More recently, the diet program I started on to help me lose weight after my second baby gave some advice that went against everything that I’ve ever been told, but resonated with what I felt to be true about me personally… and that was that breakfast was the most important meal of the day… to skip!
1. You are taking your body out of its “fasting” mode where it is burning stored fat for energy and putting it into the “fed” mode where it uses the food you eat for fuel (and stores what it doesn’t need immediately as fat). Since it takes about 4-6 hours after eating for the body to process the food and return to a “fasting” state chances are you have already eaten again and so your body stays in the “fed” state until about 4 hours after you’ve gone to bed. If you remain in a fed state all day, it is hard to lose weight at all let alone quickly.
2. You are more likely to EAT MORE if you eat breakfast. I know this to be true for me especially. I love food, I love breakfast food and once I start eating for the day I just keep on going. The more you eat, the more your weight loss efforts are derailed.
3. Breakfast food generally contains the most empty calories. Cereal, the easy to grab, inexpensive breakfast staple is loaded with sugar and will cause a spike in your blood sugar which can cause weight gain. What are some other breakfast staples? Toast with butter or jam, bagels and cream cheese, pancakes or waffles with syrup…. all delicious, carb heavy and terrible for your waistline.
4. You are losing touch with your hunger signals. We live in a culture of overeating and we have learned to tune out the messages our bodies are giving us to stop eating. By allowing ourselves to feel the sensation of being actually hungry we can get more in touch with what our body is trying to tell us, leading to less overeating.
Ok, so you might ask if skipping breakfast is the first step toward anorexia or developing unhealthy relationships with food. I really don’t think it is. In fact, my relationship with food and my body is much healthier now. What I have found by skipping breakfast (or waiting longer before eating breakfast) is that I eat without overeating, I lose weight while still enjoying real foods that I love, and that it comes off quickly.
I still eat breakfast when I want to or on the weekends, but when I want to lose weight quickly, I find that waiting until 10, 11 or even noon to eat my first meal of the day makes all the difference in the speed at which I lose weight. So, before you knock this bit of advice or call me crazy give it a try for a day or two and let me know how you felt, if you lost weight and how it affected your eating for the rest of the day.
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