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2 meals / day. Skipping Breakfast - vs skipping lunch?

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Created November 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM

2 meals / day. Skipping Breakfast - vs skipping lunch? I am wondering what the considerations are for each aproach.

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It seems that eating breakfast has the advantage of lowering cortisol levels. Skipping breakfast could possible have the advantage of increasing insulin sensitivty for your first meal of the day.

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:28 PM

Same here man. Breakfast does not is not necessary for everyone. I feel optimal when i skip breakfast and eat two big meals after 5 or 6PM.

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on November 22, 2011
at 04:01 AM

Thank You CM!!!

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on November 22, 2011
at 04:00 AM

Yes 7.5 at least for most folks...

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on November 21, 2011
at 06:41 PM

add 2 to 3 hours to that amount of sleep imo!

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on November 21, 2011
at 03:24 PM

Thanks James!!!

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on November 21, 2011
at 03:09 PM

Thanks Uncle Long Hair!

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on November 20, 2011
at 07:27 PM

Thank you Nance!

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on November 20, 2011
at 07:20 PM

When I eat a large balanced meal the day before, I don't get hungry until mid-day to evening, and I choose to follow the "don't eat until hungry" advice since all my vital stats are so good now.

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at 07:17 PM

Thank you Anna!

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on November 20, 2011
at 07:23 PM

When I eat a large balanced meal the day before, I don't get hungry until mid-day to evening, and I choose to follow the "don't eat until hungry" advice since all my vital stats are so good now.

Although, I've just started eating Greek yogurt and I'm starting to notice awakening hunger earlier in the day. Water kefir recently had the same effect. I don't mind, because rather than the old cravings for junk food, this hunger is for good things, meat and/or the yogurt or kefir. My body's saying "That was good yesterday! Do it again!"

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on November 20, 2011
at 07:27 PM

Thank you Nance!

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on November 20, 2011
at 07:03 PM

My gut instinct says that it would be far better to skip lunch. A lot of folks are currently trying to reset their leptin response and to do that you need to eat a large protein breakfast.

When you eat a large protein breakfast you are often not even hungry by lunchtime.

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on November 20, 2011
at 07:17 PM

Thank you Anna!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 20, 2011
at 07:20 PM

When I eat a large balanced meal the day before, I don't get hungry until mid-day to evening, and I choose to follow the "don't eat until hungry" advice since all my vital stats are so good now.

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on November 21, 2011
at 11:11 AM

When I was actively trying to lose 20-30 pounds, once I got into fat burning mode, I was able to skip breakfast with no problem, especially if I had some cream in my coffee (not technically skipping a meal, but less than 100 calories).

However, once I lost weight and remained active, I found that if I skipped breakfast, I would be starving hungry after dinner, and would end up eating 3 meals anyway -- lunch, dinner, and second dinner. Usually the 2nd dinner was not very good food (sweets / snacks).

Now, I am sure to have a high protein breakfast (usually eggs), and can often skip lunch, maybe have a handful of nuts or so, and then have a good dinner. In terms of maintaining health and weight, I think that a solid, high protein breakfast is one of the most important things for me now. I also think that skipping 2-4 meals per week is good. So these days the only meal I skip is lunch.

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on November 21, 2011
at 03:09 PM

Thanks Uncle Long Hair!

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on November 21, 2011
at 06:30 PM

If I eat breakfast I'm eating 3 meals that day. I'm no good to skip lunch. That said, I eat 2x a day skipping breakfast almost every day without any issue whatsoever. And I would say I actually feel more awake and ready for the day in the morning if I skip breakfast.

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on November 21, 2011
at 06:15 PM

I find that if I do a high-fat breakfast, usually three or four eggs cooked in butter, a fatty meat, and a glass of heavy cream, I'm not hungry again until dinner. Sometimes, I don't get hungry until 8pm, and I typically eat breakfast around 8am. I also have black coffee with breakfast most days, so that may be part of it.

However, if I skip breakfast and don't eat until lunch time, but still eat the same basic meal (minus the coffee because I won't have caffeine after noon), that will typically be the only meal I eat all day. I will go to sleep full, and wake up in the morning hungry, though not starving by any means.

Many people have mentioned high-protein meals, but for me, I've found it's the fat content that determines how long I stay full.

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on November 21, 2011
at 03:13 PM

I believe the advantage to skipping breakfast is you get a longer period for your IF (dinner of the previous night through lunch of the next day). So 16+ hours vs 12 hours (depending on when you eat dinner).

Really depends on your goals and needs though, either method has it's pros and cons.

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on November 21, 2011
at 03:24 PM

Thanks James!!!

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on November 21, 2011
at 08:40 PM

I have absolutely no appetite, myself, before about 1:00 this time of year, and I listen to that. In warmer weather (and off daylight savings) it tends to be even later.

I eat once or twice a day comfortably if I skip breakfast, which I've done for years now. When I ate breakfast I tended to eat too much all day, feeling dull and unfocused most of the time. I've since gravitated naturally towards daily intermittent fasting.

Perhaps this means I have no leptin response to reset? I don't know -- honestly, I don't think I'm dumb but I haven't been able to understand Dr K's writings on the subject. I do know that others have had luck with that protocol, however.

My instinct says try it and if it works for you (in terms of getting the results you want) then rinse and repeat. If it doesn't get you what you're after, move on.

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on November 22, 2011
at 04:01 AM

Thank You CM!!!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:28 PM

Same here man. Breakfast does not is not necessary for everyone. I feel optimal when i skip breakfast and eat two big meals after 5 or 6PM.

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on November 21, 2011
at 04:37 PM

I'll vote for skipping the lunch.I think that to take breakfast,it gives a person the strength that he/she needs to work properly, in the day, after 5 or 6 hour of sleep.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on November 22, 2011
at 04:00 AM

Yes 7.5 at least for most folks...

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on November 21, 2011
at 06:41 PM

add 2 to 3 hours to that amount of sleep imo!

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0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

on November 21, 2011
at 08:40 PM

I have absolutely no appetite, myself, before about 1:00 this time of year, and I listen to that. In warmer weather (and off daylight savings) it tends to be even later.

I eat once or twice a day comfortably if I skip breakfast, which I've done for years now. When I ate breakfast I tended to eat too much all day, feeling dull and unfocused most of the time. I've since gravitated naturally towards daily intermittent fasting.

Perhaps this means I have no leptin response to reset? I don't know -- honestly, I don't think I'm dumb but I haven't been able to understand Dr K's writings on the subject. I do know that others have had luck with that protocol, however.

My instinct says try it and if it works for you (in terms of getting the results you want) then rinse and repeat. If it doesn't get you what you're after, move on.

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