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The Importance of Breakfast

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Created December 06, 2010 at 10:13 PM

We have all heard that breakfast is the "most important meal of the day." Is there truth to this, or is it a "health myth"?

8c2ed9a35f6c4d35a3552a13ddabec8d

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on May 17, 2011
at 06:39 PM

sorry but thats pretty shocking, only 15 minutes to eat!!!!

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

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on December 09, 2010
at 02:10 AM

kinda sad this hasn't been chosen as the answer to this question.

61852721b5ff3613f56f043fe890a679

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on December 07, 2010
at 05:31 AM

"since when does 'intermittent fasting' mean skipping breakfast?" - attributed to mark rippetoe

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 07, 2010
at 03:10 AM

"a cup of coffee with heavy cream" - looks like quite a decent Meal from my standpoint))

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on December 07, 2010
at 02:28 AM

ok. thanks for clarifying

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

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on December 07, 2010
at 02:06 AM

It's important to me because I'm hungry at breakfast time.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on December 07, 2010
at 01:19 AM

Yes, my daughter only gets about 15 minutes to eat and can never finish her lunch in the time provided. (You know she starts with the healthiest parts first too, right?) So eating breakfast is important for her. I try to get her to eat a couple hard boiled eggs and some bacon in the morning.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on December 07, 2010
at 12:48 AM

Thanks Dex, it's more of a personal issue for me, but I understand what you are saying and understand the science behind it. I start work at 7am, so have to bring my breakfasts and generally can't eat that much at one time sitting at my desk! I don't have carbs at every meal. It's worked well for me losing weight over the last 6 years, but I know the longer I do Paleo, the more I will probably be able to stretch my times between eating.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on December 07, 2010
at 12:14 AM

ah ok. I asked because you said it was important, is this just a personal preference?

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on December 07, 2010
at 12:07 AM

Sherp, Grazing every 3-4 hours has been said to not be optimal because you have not let your body digest and consume the food. It needs to rest between meals. Also, folks who eat carbs at every meal seem to need to eat more often. I carry a small jar of coconut oil with me that I add to my lunch so I get adequate fat to carry me through til the next meal. But I have been using the coconut oil less, since I upped by breakfast to 1/8 pound of bacon and 4 eggs fried in coconut oil. Dr Grace at http://drbganimalpharm.blogspot.com/ is a huge fan of coconut oil. Good blog she has.

99ac392257e444e014be6d4da6a900e4

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on December 06, 2010
at 11:56 PM

It was Quaker or Kelloggs. Additionally, I think Kelloggs has been a huge donor to one of the Ivy League medical schools.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 06, 2010
at 11:20 PM

i wonder what the correlation is between breakfast skippers and coffee drinkers?

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 06, 2010
at 11:18 PM

true, i eat breakfast several times a day.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on December 06, 2010
at 10:51 PM

But you can eat bacon any time you want!

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

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on December 06, 2010
at 10:45 PM

The longest I've went was ~26 hours, which I'll do every once in awhile. I don't know how many hours technically make an IF. I just meant the time between dinner and breakfast the next day.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on December 06, 2010
at 10:42 PM

you consider 10 to 12 hours an IF? Can you not fast longer, or you just don't want to?

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93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on December 06, 2010
at 10:25 PM

Meaningless MYTH.

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1cbb6b2a813475d6c0b17fd5e898dc50

on December 06, 2010
at 11:50 PM

Just read myth number 7 on Martin's list. This guy knows all there is to know about IFing which is what happens after your last meal of the day. The break-fast will happen at the end of your fast. http://www.leangains.com/2010/10/top-ten-fasting-myths-debunked.html

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on December 06, 2010
at 10:17 PM

Well it's based on the theory your metabolism shuts down if you don't eat for long enough. Obviously not true. Also, many people on the sad will have hypoglycemia by then and feel cranky, run down, etc. If you are eating paleo, this shouldn't be an issue. I skip breakfast quite often, with no ill effects.

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0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on December 06, 2010
at 11:30 PM

Breakfast is the first meal of the day with which you "break your fast" after the night.

So technically even if you eat your first meal of the day at 2pm it is still your breakfast. Making that meal a decent one is not a bad thing.

I expect that back in the days when most people worked in hard labour intensive jobs an large early breakfast was much more important. I can't imagine starting a long working day down a coal mine with a pickaxe or harvesting crops in the fields with a sythe on an empty stomach.

There are however many similar food related sayings in the English language. They are repeated through the generations, either they sound good or they just memorable, not because they are correct :)

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

"Eat your crusts, it'll make your hair curly."

"Eat your carrots and you'll be able to see in the dark."

"Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper."

"Man does not live on bread alone."

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E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

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on December 06, 2010
at 11:08 PM

Actually, some say it's important to eat breakfast if you have adrenal issues, like when they're so tanked they're unable to kick in in the morning. Fasting is suppose to contribute to and perpetuate the problem.

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691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 06, 2010
at 10:43 PM

With all the bacon possibilities it is certainly the "most delicious meal of the day." Ranks high on the important meal scale for this reason for me.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on December 06, 2010
at 10:51 PM

But you can eat bacon any time you want!

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 06, 2010
at 11:18 PM

true, i eat breakfast several times a day.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 09, 2010
at 02:10 AM

kinda sad this hasn't been chosen as the answer to this question.

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Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on December 07, 2010
at 01:10 AM

Before paleo and IF'ing I always emphasized a good hearty breakfast to start the day, especially for my kids. My 12yo won't eat lunch at school so I always make sure they have a solid breakfast - protein, fat, low/moderate carbs. I on the other hand, like to fast until 12-1pm and really have no issues with lack of energy or hunger headaches like I did prior to paleo.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 07, 2010
at 01:19 AM

Yes, my daughter only gets about 15 minutes to eat and can never finish her lunch in the time provided. (You know she starts with the healthiest parts first too, right?) So eating breakfast is important for her. I try to get her to eat a couple hard boiled eggs and some bacon in the morning.

8c2ed9a35f6c4d35a3552a13ddabec8d

(525)

on May 17, 2011
at 06:39 PM

sorry but thats pretty shocking, only 15 minutes to eat!!!!

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03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

on December 06, 2010
at 10:58 PM

I've recently started skipping breakfast save for a cup of coffee with heavy cream around 10am. Now I eat lunch at about 2-3pm, and dinner around 7-8pm. Never felt better! Much more energized and focused in the mornings.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 07, 2010
at 03:10 AM

"a cup of coffee with heavy cream" - looks like quite a decent Meal from my standpoint))

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 07, 2010
at 03:20 AM

The only real evidence I've heard for it is epidemiological data that correlate lower body mass index with people who eat breakfast. Of course, correlation does not imply causation, but the outcome of that data has been the advice to not skip breakfast if you are trying to lose weight.

From a biological perspective, those many people out there now who can't easily switch to fat burning mode because they are so carb addicted would probably need to get that glucose fix in order function decently. I know personally, before paleo, I would tend to feel rather weak and almost sick if I didn't intake some food within a certain number of hours after waking. But now, although I will sometimes feel hungry if skipping breakfast, I won't feel any other symptoms nor any lack of energy. So I think there is a big difference in food intake needs for the carb addicted and/or unhealthy eater vs the paleo eater.

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Fe198e0c02edd407cdf8c83c0fceaea1

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on December 07, 2010
at 01:38 AM

I have a morning cup of coffee, sometimes w/ heavy cream but nothing to eat until around noon. like to work out in the AM and then have an enormous meal afterwards. Been doing that for a couple of months now and I'm really enjoying it, I prefer to work out fasted and I don't notice any deficiencies from not eating right after I wake up.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on December 06, 2010
at 11:23 PM

Personally, unless I am fasting, I find it to be important. I am one of those eat every 3 to 4 hour kind of people, though. My reasoning behind this is if I let myself get too hungry, then I have a tendency to make bad choices or overeat. It took me awhile to learn that about myself, but it was an important discovery to help with my food issues.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 07, 2010
at 12:48 AM

Thanks Dex, it's more of a personal issue for me, but I understand what you are saying and understand the science behind it. I start work at 7am, so have to bring my breakfasts and generally can't eat that much at one time sitting at my desk! I don't have carbs at every meal. It's worked well for me losing weight over the last 6 years, but I know the longer I do Paleo, the more I will probably be able to stretch my times between eating.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on December 07, 2010
at 12:07 AM

Sherp, Grazing every 3-4 hours has been said to not be optimal because you have not let your body digest and consume the food. It needs to rest between meals. Also, folks who eat carbs at every meal seem to need to eat more often. I carry a small jar of coconut oil with me that I add to my lunch so I get adequate fat to carry me through til the next meal. But I have been using the coconut oil less, since I upped by breakfast to 1/8 pound of bacon and 4 eggs fried in coconut oil. Dr Grace at http://drbganimalpharm.blogspot.com/ is a huge fan of coconut oil. Good blog she has.

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Daee02d4fabbf765d15ea8c1e5cf1d91

(70)

on December 06, 2010
at 11:06 PM

That was a marketing slogan of oats, I think Quakers Oats early 50's.

Truth or fiction, beyond that I know nothing.

99ac392257e444e014be6d4da6a900e4

(1036)

on December 06, 2010
at 11:56 PM

It was Quaker or Kelloggs. Additionally, I think Kelloggs has been a huge donor to one of the Ivy League medical schools.

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Ce57a94251224f9696faf47f9ca630a0

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on December 06, 2010
at 11:00 PM

I am not hungry in the morning, so I don't bother. By the time lunch rolls around I am ready to pack it in. I like to eat when I'm hungry. I have come to trust my body to tell me what it needs, and it obviously doesn't need (or want) breakfast.

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100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on December 06, 2010
at 10:53 PM

Search for Intermittent Fasting or IF. It's actually really good for you to skip breakfast.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on December 06, 2010
at 10:39 PM

Someone shouldn't worry about breakfast if they're not hungry. That said, it's important for me personally on most days because I'm essential coming off a 10-12 hour IF.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on December 06, 2010
at 10:42 PM

you consider 10 to 12 hours an IF? Can you not fast longer, or you just don't want to?

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on December 07, 2010
at 12:14 AM

ah ok. I asked because you said it was important, is this just a personal preference?

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

(13635)

on December 07, 2010
at 02:06 AM

It's important to me because I'm hungry at breakfast time.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on December 07, 2010
at 02:28 AM

ok. thanks for clarifying

61852721b5ff3613f56f043fe890a679

(1172)

on December 07, 2010
at 05:31 AM

"since when does 'intermittent fasting' mean skipping breakfast?" - attributed to mark rippetoe

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

(13635)

on December 06, 2010
at 10:45 PM

The longest I've went was ~26 hours, which I'll do every once in awhile. I don't know how many hours technically make an IF. I just meant the time between dinner and breakfast the next day.

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