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Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?

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Created August 04, 2012 at 2:50 AM

This is what so called "health and fitness experts" have been touting at the public for decades. Sounds like conventional wisdom to me. Is it a scientific fact? I personally think that dinner is the most important meal of the day.

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on August 05, 2012
at 07:20 PM

you recently wrote this in response to someone else's suggestion- "3 square meals a day is so conventional wisdom," Gio.

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on August 04, 2012
at 11:56 PM

And gio I quit eating this way because I moved back to the USA. I started eating dry breakfast cereal, and 5 years later was obese and diabetic. Needless to say I'm not doing that anymore either.

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on August 04, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I was speaking of France specifically, but Germany and Spain were similar. UK/Ireland/Sweden seemed more big breakast oriented. Sweden was the best...4 kinds of pickled herring can make me eat at BIG breakfast...

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on August 04, 2012
at 11:15 PM

Do what your body wants: eat when you feel hungry. If your really interested,I happened to write an article about this very topic last week: http://spintas.weebly.com/1/post/2012/07/the-diabetes-series-part-1-unpacking-the-false-on-breakfast.html

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:23 PM

I'm all for eating intuitively. Eat based on your hunger levels. It's more natural to listen to your body. If you're hungry, eat. If you're not hungry, then dont eat and find something better to do with your time.

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:21 PM

I used to feel like crap when i had the SAD breakfast. Hydrogenated soybean oil margarine on processed white bread. Sometimes it would be artificially flavored oatmeal or grits. ughhhh thinking about repulses me now.

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:18 PM

Light snack if necessary and then two BAM's(BIG ASS MEALS) after 5 PM.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:16 PM

Same with me. If i even have a small breakfast, i don't feel optimal in the next few hours, i feel a little off. I will feel full, bloated and generally uncomfortable. All i need in the morning is a big glass of water. Sometimes a few nuts and seeds, some fresh organic berries, or a light leafy salad and im good to go.

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Thanks for the support, Luckie. I know what you mean and I like how you think.

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:00 PM

YOU TELL THAT TROLL! Especially #5. I am so tired of hearing people debate about the semantics of "breakfast" and "chemical" and other such words. It just obfuscates their point, if they even have one. There is a colloquial use and a more precise definition/origin for many words, and there is no point in a semantic debate when a person uses a term as in a way that is understood by the majority of English-speakers.

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:58 PM

You are obviously a slave to rep points though, given the fake account you've created just to respond to me as an answer, and not a series of comments.

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:37 PM

You are obviously a slave to rep points though, having created a fake account just to respond to my answer as an answer yourself in a fake account so that the downvote does not affect you.

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:34 PM

6. You also tell me that I can eat when I want to eat and that it will free me from CW BS. ROFL. No duh. I do eat when I want to eat, and I am not a slave to CW or anyone/thing else.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Nice try though.

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:21 PM

5. I did not say breakfast can't be anytime, but by universal language, it is the meal in the morning. "Breakfast (literally meaning "breaking the fast" of the night) is the first meal taken after rising from a night's sleep."

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:20 PM

4. you say the whole point of paleo is to eat when you're hungry. No, that is not the whole point of paleo and you are very misguided if that's what you believe. Many people are also habitually hungry in the morning, so many people eat then. I am slightly hungry when I get back from my run, so I'll have a yogurt or some berries or some honey, etc.

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:18 PM

3. you say anyone who needs breakfast to keep their energy levels up isn't properly fat adapted. I am not disagreeing with you. I don't need to eat for energy, but food does give me a boost of energy. if it doesn't do so for you, you must be diabtic/insulin resistant.

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:17 PM

You say paleo man didn't know what breakfast was. Okay, that doesn't mean they didn't eat shortly after rising. The Kitavans eat in the morning, and so do the Hadza. They wake up around 430AM and are back at 8 or 9 with breakfast. just becauase they don't have a word for it does not mean they do not eat in the morning. I do not know how you know paleolituhic people did not eat food in teh morning. Could you please give me the data where you found this?

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:15 PM

You obbiously have created a troll account, but I'll downvote you anways because your answer is riddled with inaccuracies. First, you cannot simultaneously have a low BMI and be obese. The definition of obesity is an adult with a BMI of over 30. You can be "skinny-fat" and have a low BMI it though. I am not skinny fat.

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:08 PM

@thhq- what Gio does is not European (or at least not French, which is the only part of Europe I'm familiar with). Le petit dejeuner typically consists of croissants, toast, yogurt, fruit, etc. le dejeuner is the main meal of the day- a large, full course meal. le diner is typically smaller and later.

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on August 04, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Most SAD breakfasts are pretty much snacks (toaster strudel, breakfast cereal, sandwiches, power bars, orange juice and toast, etc.)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:22 AM

Why don't you workout in a fasted state? It's better.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:22 AM

Oh because of your job. I also had a full time job and fitting in a normal meal was.........challenging to say the least.

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:15 AM

What do you mean "for a while"?. Why did you stop eating this way? What happened? Stalled weight loss or something?

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:10 AM

Sounds standard European, if you swap big dinner for big lunch. That worked really well for me for a while.

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at 03:05 AM

Doesn't work for me. I NEVER have a morning appetite. I can skip Breakfast and lunch with ease. No hunger pangs. I start feeling hungrier come eveningtime. Around 7pm or so. I eat then.

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A1a7413b99e03bc77f02d95c4170ea43

on August 04, 2012
at 08:02 PM

You can pry my six eggs and bacon and coffee everyday from my cold dead hands.

:)

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on August 04, 2012
at 06:28 PM

I'm very physically active (workout 2-3x per day) and also do a fair amount of academic work (am a nerd), so something light in the morning acts a nice mental and physical pick-up for me. I typically get out of bed and go for a run down by the beachfront. When I get back I take a quick cold shower and then eat one or any combination of the following- berries, honey, Greek yogurt, nuts.

Eating breakfast is associated with a lower BMIs, diminished waist circumferences, and helping dieters to maintain weight loss. Breakfast foods are often carbohydrate based, which helps to diminish cortisol levels :). Breakfast eaters tend to eat fewer calories at subsequent meals as well.

For me, there are too many positives. Again, I keep it light, but I keep all of my meals light. I don't like feeling really full and I feel my digestion is better than it is when I IF with 1 large meal. That's just me though- experiment and do what works for you. If you're like most people, eating soemthing in the morning will probably be beneficial- but it may not be. It works for me. My waist circumference is 27inches and my BMI is 21.

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:55 AM

I usually eat breakfast to ensure fuel and energy for the day, whether it is big, small or the kind of breakfast probably does not matter as long as it is Paleo.

I sometimes have lunch for breakfast then breakfast for lunch or even supper. Depends on how I feel in the morning. But as a general rule I don't skip, not for metabolism but for fuel and energy.

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on August 04, 2012
at 05:12 PM

I think breakfast is particularly important on the SAD diet to help decrease unhealthy snack cravings later on, but is even important on Paleo, because having a significant amount of protein in the morning plays a vital role in getting rid of depression, if that is something to which you're prone.

Even on a less-than-Paleo diet, I often only want coffee (with fat...yum!) in the morning, but I find I feel particularly calm on days when I have protein in the morning.

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on August 04, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Most SAD breakfasts are pretty much snacks (toaster strudel, breakfast cereal, sandwiches, power bars, orange juice and toast, etc.)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:21 PM

I used to feel like crap when i had the SAD breakfast. Hydrogenated soybean oil margarine on processed white bread. Sometimes it would be artificially flavored oatmeal or grits. ughhhh thinking about repulses me now.

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on August 04, 2012
at 06:15 AM

I'm a believer of Intermittent Fasting and that your metabolism won't come to a screeching halt after just 4 hours of not eating. Once you're eating good, quality, 100% Paleo and have become fat adapted, delaying your first meal allows your body to use more bodyfat for fuel and you (at least I do) enjoy more focus and feeling of well-being by tackling the day on an empty stomach.

Eating food within an hour is not important, in my opinion. But you should play around with it and try it out for yourself. Like Gio stated above, since going Paleo, I never have an appetite in the morning and when I do eat, I feel lazy, heavy, and lethargic for hours afterwards.

With IF, I feel great all day, eat a big dinner at night, then can unwind from the day.

http://www.jbprimal.com http://www.facebook.com/jbprimal

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:18 PM

Light snack if necessary and then two BAM's(BIG ASS MEALS) after 5 PM.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:16 PM

Same with me. If i even have a small breakfast, i don't feel optimal in the next few hours, i feel a little off. I will feel full, bloated and generally uncomfortable. All i need in the morning is a big glass of water. Sometimes a few nuts and seeds, some fresh organic berries, or a light leafy salad and im good to go.

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on August 04, 2012
at 05:09 AM

It works for me. I never used to eat breakfast (no appetite), but I decided to make it a habit, & now I really look forward to it. It is by far my biggest meal of the day (2K cal.). Different strokes, I suppose.

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:01 AM

http://www.nwcr.ws/Research/default.htm

This is a large population study which indicates that breakfast is important to maintaining weight loss for 78% of the participants.

Is correlation causation? No. Does it work for me? Yes.

Would a big dinner work? Depends. Breakfast works for me because I need energy to exercise in the morning. I could switch that to after dinner if I were more of a night person. If I work night shifts I move meals all over the place.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:22 AM

Oh because of your job. I also had a full time job and fitting in a normal meal was.........challenging to say the least.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:08 PM

@thhq- what Gio does is not European (or at least not French, which is the only part of Europe I'm familiar with). Le petit dejeuner typically consists of croissants, toast, yogurt, fruit, etc. le dejeuner is the main meal of the day- a large, full course meal. le diner is typically smaller and later.

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(10611)

on August 04, 2012
at 03:10 AM

Sounds standard European, if you swap big dinner for big lunch. That worked really well for me for a while.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:05 AM

Doesn't work for me. I NEVER have a morning appetite. I can skip Breakfast and lunch with ease. No hunger pangs. I start feeling hungrier come eveningtime. Around 7pm or so. I eat then.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:22 AM

Why don't you workout in a fasted state? It's better.

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(10611)

on August 04, 2012
at 11:56 PM

And gio I quit eating this way because I moved back to the USA. I started eating dry breakfast cereal, and 5 years later was obese and diabetic. Needless to say I'm not doing that anymore either.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:15 AM

What do you mean "for a while"?. Why did you stop eating this way? What happened? Stalled weight loss or something?

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on August 04, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I was speaking of France specifically, but Germany and Spain were similar. UK/Ireland/Sweden seemed more big breakast oriented. Sweden was the best...4 kinds of pickled herring can make me eat at BIG breakfast...

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on August 05, 2012
at 01:55 AM

Here's my theory for why the studies always show breakfast is so important.

First, Breakfast is the meal that SAD eaters consume the smallest amount of sugar. Yes there's sugary cereal, but if you read the studies these breakfasts are put in the "bad" category and not counted for the "value of breakfast" (it's nice that they can just pick and choose who to include).

Second, it's the meal that SAD eaters consume the most fat.

With those two points, then breakfast is the meal that SAD eaters get they best quality meal. The rest of the meals are full of pasta, sugar, and bread --- and followed by the sugar crash....

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on August 04, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Forever young

What an extremely CW response! You've made the 2 most fundamental mistakes: -??

  1. Believing calories count (they don't. People who count calories are, as a general rule, fatter than those who don't. Why...? It's the old '1g carb = 4kcals/1g fat = 9kcals' nonsense. This is the very reason calorie-counted diets fail; people cut out as much fat as they possibly can because it's got almost twice the calories of carbs - and then wonder why they can't shift the flab!??

  2. Still believing BMI is in any way relevant. Of course it's not! It's a completely spurious, arbitrary figure which tells you NOTHING about your body's composition. I've dubbed it the 'Bloody Meaningless Index' - because that's exactly what it is. You could talk about a sack of spuds in terms of BMI!??

Very often, especially if they're following a CW diet, people with lower BMIs are obese - the number on the scales is irrelevant. Most of what they've lost is muscle and, when you lose muscle, it's replaced with fat. Someone with a BMI of 20 could easily be twice as fat as someone with a BMI of 40. It's high time we stopped talking in terms of BMI, and started talking about body fat percentage.??

Anyone who needs breakfast to "keep their energy levels up" isn't properly fat-adapted. To those people, I strongly recommend doing a fat-fast, dropping your carbs to around 10g/day, and getting into ketosis to switch your body from burning carbs for energy to burning fat.??

The whole point of Palaeo is to eat when you're hungry. Palaeolithic man didn't eat breakfast - he didn't know what breakfast was!??

Breakfast can be anytime; to think of it as 'the meal you eat in the morning' is to still be adhering to CW principles. I'm going to go eat breakfast at around 9pm, after I've showered, as that's the end of my 24-hour fast. If you're truly eating Palaeo, there are no set mealtimes - you eat when you feel you need to eat, be that 3am, 3pm, or any time in between. It frees you from all that CW BS.??

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:58 PM

You are obviously a slave to rep points though, given the fake account you've created just to respond to me as an answer, and not a series of comments.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:21 PM

5. I did not say breakfast can't be anytime, but by universal language, it is the meal in the morning. "Breakfast (literally meaning "breaking the fast" of the night) is the first meal taken after rising from a night's sleep."

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 04, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Nice try though.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:20 PM

4. you say the whole point of paleo is to eat when you're hungry. No, that is not the whole point of paleo and you are very misguided if that's what you believe. Many people are also habitually hungry in the morning, so many people eat then. I am slightly hungry when I get back from my run, so I'll have a yogurt or some berries or some honey, etc.

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:00 PM

YOU TELL THAT TROLL! Especially #5. I am so tired of hearing people debate about the semantics of "breakfast" and "chemical" and other such words. It just obfuscates their point, if they even have one. There is a colloquial use and a more precise definition/origin for many words, and there is no point in a semantic debate when a person uses a term as in a way that is understood by the majority of English-speakers.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:37 PM

You are obviously a slave to rep points though, having created a fake account just to respond to my answer as an answer yourself in a fake account so that the downvote does not affect you.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 04, 2012
at 07:34 PM

6. You also tell me that I can eat when I want to eat and that it will free me from CW BS. ROFL. No duh. I do eat when I want to eat, and I am not a slave to CW or anyone/thing else.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 04, 2012
at 07:18 PM

3. you say anyone who needs breakfast to keep their energy levels up isn't properly fat adapted. I am not disagreeing with you. I don't need to eat for energy, but food does give me a boost of energy. if it doesn't do so for you, you must be diabtic/insulin resistant.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 04, 2012
at 07:17 PM

You say paleo man didn't know what breakfast was. Okay, that doesn't mean they didn't eat shortly after rising. The Kitavans eat in the morning, and so do the Hadza. They wake up around 430AM and are back at 8 or 9 with breakfast. just becauase they don't have a word for it does not mean they do not eat in the morning. I do not know how you know paleolituhic people did not eat food in teh morning. Could you please give me the data where you found this?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 04, 2012
at 08:23 PM

I'm all for eating intuitively. Eat based on your hunger levels. It's more natural to listen to your body. If you're hungry, eat. If you're not hungry, then dont eat and find something better to do with your time.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 04, 2012
at 07:15 PM

You obbiously have created a troll account, but I'll downvote you anways because your answer is riddled with inaccuracies. First, you cannot simultaneously have a low BMI and be obese. The definition of obesity is an adult with a BMI of over 30. You can be "skinny-fat" and have a low BMI it though. I am not skinny fat.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 04, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Thanks for the support, Luckie. I know what you mean and I like how you think.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 05, 2012
at 07:20 PM

you recently wrote this in response to someone else's suggestion- "3 square meals a day is so conventional wisdom," Gio.

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:56 AM

Anyway, the semantics of the word unveils the meaning: break+fast. I can break my fast at 10am or 14hpm.

Aside from that, my be a case for having regular breakfast regarding wacking adrenal response(to lower cortisol, which is naturally rising in the morning) and thus facilitate and normalize weight loss.

It greatly depends on one's metabolic arrangement and health. I've fully embraced a fasting regime 10 months ago, and i make it pretty random: sometimes I break my fast at 13pm, other at 15-16pm, other's (usually in the weekends) i have a nice 4-6egg omelet with some dinner leftovers at 9am; or maybe through in a 20 hour fast every now and then.

It is directly correlated whit the availability of food choices: if i go straight to my neighbours's and buy a dozen freshly picked pastured eggs in the morning, i'm suiting myself with a good breakfast. If my family decides to leave early to spend the entire day by the pool/river/dam/beach, and bring some sandwiches, i surely will ride a full fast, and enjoy playing and swiming without food.

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