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Is eating Breakfast good for raising metabolism?

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Created March 08, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Hi I been Paleo for a month now NO Dairy or Grains, corn, Sugar, potatoes, rice etc. and still not losing much weight 200 to start down to 194lb. a month later. Don't really eat breakfast or lunch but when I get home from school I am famished and eat through out the night lately plus my portions have been big. I was wondering if I had 3 meals a day would that kick start my metabolism and I cannot exercise too much as i have a bad knee and cannot run or walk long distances and am trying to stay away from pain medication. Maybe I have a slow metabolism and when I don't eat my body thinks its in starvation mode and stores the fat and wont give it up! Suggestions??

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:45 AM

Reverse T3 Dominance is the cause of hypometabolism

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:45 AM

re rt3 dominance being caused by caloric restriction, can you provide a source? Everything I've read says things like 'Reverse T3 Dominance is the cause of hypometabolism'. which is hich?

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on June 01, 2012
at 11:36 PM

Same exactly for me.

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on March 09, 2012
at 03:26 PM

@Warren D - a Paleo Egg Muffin is basically eggs and other ingredients baked in muffin tins, mini frittatas.

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on March 09, 2012
at 11:53 AM

Personally I find it difficult to eat and sleep at the same time.

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on March 09, 2012
at 06:12 AM

I dunno - I make perfectly nice paleo muffins with a bit of coconut flour holding everything together. Why assume the worst?

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on March 09, 2012
at 02:02 AM

I concur with Chump. My metabolism is fine without breakfast. I walk between 3-4 miles every morning, fasted, and eat my meal of the day (and then do more walking) some time before the sun goes down. I feel great, but ymmv. Everyone's metabolism is different. I'm surprised no one has suggested Quilt's leptin reset protocol.

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on March 09, 2012
at 01:59 AM

Skipping meals is not a good idea when you have big problems to solve, and I wouldnt do more than a lot of walking until things start to sort out. Every book I know of that has diet recommendations for recovering from a hormone crash has a version of a big protein breakfast.

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on March 09, 2012
at 01:57 AM

eating late at night is fine- it has been proven opver and over that that foods myth doesn't hold water.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on March 09, 2012
at 01:57 AM

Amen to the no fruit suggestion.

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on March 09, 2012
at 01:42 AM

I don't agree with your information. I'm no downvoter, so I'll simply say so here.

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on March 08, 2012
at 08:08 PM

Insert joke here.

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on March 08, 2012
at 07:22 PM

I had the opposite experience, I started eating breakfast again, and the weight loss and energy levels picked back up.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 08, 2012
at 06:36 PM

Muffins are paleo?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on March 08, 2012
at 05:57 PM

That's been my experience as well but I don't know if everyone reacts that way.

1372f4b0e01dad65d75b0eb7ac3ba6f8

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:15 PM

Yeah I think I need to up the calories!

1372f4b0e01dad65d75b0eb7ac3ba6f8

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:14 PM

Thanks, I feel great as well plus my knee isn't as sore anymore since I cut out the grains!

1372f4b0e01dad65d75b0eb7ac3ba6f8

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Sounds like a good plan, I will see about having a quick protein meal like an Paleo egg muffin with bacon and broccoli or a protein shake

1372f4b0e01dad65d75b0eb7ac3ba6f8

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:11 PM

I do have access to a pool but its usually in the evening and I am in university and need the evening time to study mostly, but I will make a conscious effort to try and go when I can!

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Try to cut out all fruit. I did about a week ago - no cravings whatsoever! If I knew then, what I know now I would not eat any fruit for a long time.

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on March 08, 2012
at 03:55 PM

+1 for pool suggestion

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on March 08, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Agreed. 6lbs/4weeks == 1.5lbs/week -- that's a great start!

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E0250b1e6dc5ec1539ffb745042b4d80

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on March 08, 2012
at 03:59 PM

One meal a day if you think you are close to messing up metabolism is insane, and eating late is the worst way to do it.

Do a big breakfast, moderate lunch, and skip dinner if you want to. Sleeping on a full stomach is not what you want to do. You have other things going on at night, like fat burning.

Read up on reverse T3 (rT3). If you are going into starvation mode due to calorie restriction, rT3 is the hormone our body releases to lower metabolism. Higher rT3 replaces T3.

This is how some people mistakenly thought that low carb hurts T3 (thyroid/metabolism). What's more likely what people are reporting is higher rT3 caused by calorie restriction.

Note that Kruse's leptin reset that went viral last year seeks to help people with higher rT3, which he said indicated poor leptin signaling. His Rx was a big protein breakfast. Say what you want about the explanation, but it was very popular and helped a lot of people.

1372f4b0e01dad65d75b0eb7ac3ba6f8

(35)

on March 08, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Sounds like a good plan, I will see about having a quick protein meal like an Paleo egg muffin with bacon and broccoli or a protein shake

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on March 09, 2012
at 06:12 AM

I dunno - I make perfectly nice paleo muffins with a bit of coconut flour holding everything together. Why assume the worst?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 08, 2012
at 06:36 PM

Muffins are paleo?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on March 08, 2012
at 08:08 PM

Insert joke here.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on March 09, 2012
at 03:26 PM

@Warren D - a Paleo Egg Muffin is basically eggs and other ingredients baked in muffin tins, mini frittatas.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on June 29, 2012
at 02:45 AM

re rt3 dominance being caused by caloric restriction, can you provide a source? Everything I've read says things like 'Reverse T3 Dominance is the cause of hypometabolism'. which is hich?

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on June 29, 2012
at 02:45 AM

Reverse T3 Dominance is the cause of hypometabolism

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on March 08, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Feel free to try 3 meals but you'll need to be more conscious of portion size. And don't stress about pounds! Use a measuring tape or the fit of your waistband.

Slow and steady weight loss is more likely to stay off in my opinion. Even if we assume some of your initial weight loss was water you're still off to a great start.

Your knee does complicate things because I was going to say moving around is what gets my metabolism going in the morning--all food does is divert blood from my brain to my GI tract. I do understand your dilemma because last summer I wrecked my ankle and couldn't do much for quite a while.

If you have access to weights or equipment, this could be a good time to work on your upper body strength and that would rev your system.

Do you have, or can you get, access to a pool?

1372f4b0e01dad65d75b0eb7ac3ba6f8

(35)

on March 08, 2012
at 04:11 PM

I do have access to a pool but its usually in the evening and I am in university and need the evening time to study mostly, but I will make a conscious effort to try and go when I can!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 08, 2012
at 03:55 PM

+1 for pool suggestion

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:12 PM

Have you tried intermittent fasting? your energy levels will actually rise, and with it your metabolism.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 08, 2012
at 05:57 PM

That's been my experience as well but I don't know if everyone reacts that way.

Fc6a9e07f6056d465573c8969d3a2ddd

(370)

on March 08, 2012
at 07:22 PM

I had the opposite experience, I started eating breakfast again, and the weight loss and energy levels picked back up.

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on March 08, 2012
at 03:38 PM

It's certainly worth trying eating a big breakfast when you wake up, and then adjust the rest of your meals as necessary. You shouldn't really need to eat later or into the night, which should help improve your sleep. 6lbs in a month isn't too bad though. If you can keep that up while sorting out the details of your new diet you'll be fine!

1372f4b0e01dad65d75b0eb7ac3ba6f8

(35)

on March 08, 2012
at 04:14 PM

Thanks, I feel great as well plus my knee isn't as sore anymore since I cut out the grains!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 08, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Agreed. 6lbs/4weeks == 1.5lbs/week -- that's a great start!

0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

(4645)

on March 09, 2012
at 01:57 AM

eating late at night is fine- it has been proven opver and over that that foods myth doesn't hold water.

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

(5198)

on March 09, 2012
at 11:53 AM

Personally I find it difficult to eat and sleep at the same time.

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0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

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on March 09, 2012
at 01:48 AM

When is breakfast- 30 mins after waking or 3 hours after waking? Are you a diabetic? Your body starts to produce insulin as rountine so eating a small breakfast seems like a perfect match, but it is a short term solution. In the long run, a 3-4 hour or longer fast after waking up tells the body that we don't need to plan on making that morning insulin. I strongly feel that waking up breakfast is a modern day invention and not what humans where designed to do. I do eat a few eggs as my first meal, I feel strong enough to go to the afternoon to eat (Warrior diet style), A spoonful of coconut oil seems to be a good morning fuel if that floats your boat. I always like avocados as the first meal.

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on March 09, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Good Grief! By not eating breakfast or lunch you are causing your metabolism to slow to a snails pace.

You need to be eating smaller portions every 3 to 4 hours, you need to be eating high quality paleo food and you need to move your booty!

I found when I went paleo, that I don't get as hungry and I only eat til I am full and I CRAVE paleo foods!

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on March 09, 2012
at 02:02 AM

I concur with Chump. My metabolism is fine without breakfast. I walk between 3-4 miles every morning, fasted, and eat my meal of the day (and then do more walking) some time before the sun goes down. I feel great, but ymmv. Everyone's metabolism is different. I'm surprised no one has suggested Quilt's leptin reset protocol.

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on March 09, 2012
at 01:42 AM

I don't agree with your information. I'm no downvoter, so I'll simply say so here.

E0250b1e6dc5ec1539ffb745042b4d80

(3651)

on March 09, 2012
at 01:59 AM

Skipping meals is not a good idea when you have big problems to solve, and I wouldnt do more than a lot of walking until things start to sort out. Every book I know of that has diet recommendations for recovering from a hormone crash has a version of a big protein breakfast.

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Look into the fast 5. Fast-5.com. it sounds like you sort of do that already but if you do it strict it may help start dropping those lbs too.

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on March 08, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Also, make sure you're getting enough calories. That can cause the body to store fat, if you are eating too little.

ITA, 6lbs in a month is no small feat!

1372f4b0e01dad65d75b0eb7ac3ba6f8

(35)

on March 08, 2012
at 04:15 PM

Yeah I think I need to up the calories!

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