Importance of Breakfast for Weight Loss and Funny Clip

by Annie on June 13, 2008 · 6 comments

in Healthy Living,Weight Loss & Body Image

Enjoy the funny breakfast clip.

Breakfast is the most importance meal of the day for weight loss or at least that is what most people say. And that we should eat breakfast within 1-2 hours of waking.

I think that is good advice in general, but might not be true for everyone. For those dieters that have labeled food as ‘bad’ and ‘good,’ there are so many mixed messages when it comes to eating that they have forgotten to only eat when you are hungry and what to eat. Most people are not in tune with their bodies. So having structured meals such as breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and dinner are very important for weight loss.

But there could be exceptions once you are in the maintenance phase. There are some people who do not wake up in the morning needing to eat until at least three hours into their day. When I get enough sleep, such as during the weekends, I do not get hungry for at least 3-4 hours. I might have some tea, but that is pretty much it. But on weekdays, when I do not get enough sleep, I wake up starving. Sometimes I wonder if people eat, especially the unhealthy and processed stuff, because of a lack of sleep.

I feel that learning how to select nutritious food when you are truly hungry is more important for weight maintenance. Most people cannot diet forever and rarely is it fun. Most of us can learn to eat healthier and it is less tedious without all the structure. I see it as kind of a rite of passage. You have to go through the process of dividing your daily caloric intake into regular meals, starting with breakfast, and re-train yourself into knowing the correct food portion size and the healthier alternatives to what we are eating that got us into trouble. But we once re-train ourselves, we can modify it to fit our lifestyle. However, this process can take a long time and there are still days when I want that Starbucks whipped cream milkshake for breakfast.

Until next time and thanks for stopping by

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spindiva June 14, 2008 at 11:17 am

asithi, while it is true that many do not “feel” hungry upon rising and therefore do not eat until much later, such as yourself and I sometimes do the same, it is extremely important that we break the fast in the morning. More important is that we eat something nutritious. Your cup of tea or my cup of coffee is the beginning. Soon after we should eat something–even something light such as a small yogurt, a fruit, piece of toast, an egg, etc.

I think when you fast for too long your sugar levels get out of whack and then this can affect what we eat later in the day. The meals don’t have to be structured to the typical 5 or six but they should take place so that we don’t overeat or get crazy “frapuccino” cravings later in the day–oh wait that’s me ;-)

If you’re home for the most part of your day then it really is OK to be in tune with your body and eat when your body tells you it’s time to eat something nutritious of course, but for those who work out of the home or leave their home in the morning for whatever reason, they should eat something before leaving and be prepared to eat something mid morning to keep the energy leveled and avoid the highs and lows .

Does that make sense?

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asithi June 14, 2008 at 6:30 pm

Spindiva – You’re right. It only seems to happen when I am home or when I am out and about doing things. I find that when I am in the office, where you sit all day and stare at the computer screen, I have a hard time gauging my hunger. That is when structured mini meals really helps. I think a partial reason why I have this problem is that I am en emotional eater sometimes. When I get bored at work, I want to munch. When I get anxious at work, I want to munch. The list goes on… The office environment is hazardous for your health.

Thanks for commenting Spindiva.

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heidi June 16, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Interesting! I used to never eat breakfast b/c I jut was not hungry in the morning. Now I eat breakfast everyday and for me it does help with not being as hungry during the day.

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Tom Parker June 21, 2008 at 11:51 am

Love the video :-)

Got to agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me, even if it is just a light breakfast. When I was at University getting up just in time for the lectures became a very regular occurence and I would not have time to eat anything before the lecture. I didn’t feel hungry at the time by doing this, but looking back I did eat a lot more junk in the afternoon and perhaps the lack of breakfast was an indirect cause.

Now that I do eat breakfast and then follow it up with regular mini-meals I find it a lot easier to resist the temptations of junk food.

My advice would be similar to SpinDiva’s. Even if you are not hungry just eat something that is light, easy to prepare and high in complex carbs and protein (so that the energy is released slowly and you find yourself getting less hungry throughout the day). A yoghurt, a slice of toast, a protein shake or a banana are all good choices for this.

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asithi June 22, 2008 at 11:47 pm

Tom – I think part of the problem is that I do not wake up early enough for breakfast on the weekends. By the time I wake up, it is almost lunch, so I tend to wait out that 2 hours before eating. Hmmm…. I think I really should just practice going to bed earlier.

Thanks for your comments Heidi and Tom.

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