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How important is having breakfast?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 28, 2013 at 9:58 AM

After successfully introducing intermittent fasting into my life, I am concerned about how ideal this could be. I believe that being paleo helps me to keep away hunger while fasting and I feel great. However I also think it is adding some unnecessary stress to my body and might be draining some of my energy/discipline to keep productive and focused. Also I must break my fast with a huge meal that steals some of my energy afterwards.

Basically I believe that IF is great for fitness, but from an energy/mental point of view is not so good. I still do believe some type of fasting every once in a while is great. I am considering a 22h fast once a week, or twice a month... with mornings starting with salty water and fasting finishing with one cup of bone broth two hours before a big meal.

What are your experiences about IF and the effects of breakfast on your energy levels?

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on March 01, 2013
at 10:21 AM

thanks, I have accepted your answer, mainly because you made me realize that many people into IF wants to shed some pounds or hack their bodies, like with the Warrior type. I am more the Monk type, do more than one hour of daily meditation and try hard to be aware of every sensation of my body. Sadly it will be hard to get answers from people using IF in that sense.

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on February 28, 2013
at 05:48 PM

+1 for "What im doing isn't intermittent fasting though, the body soon adapts to a routine so it no longer really 'stresses' the body like a good fast does" I find that I choose to not have breakfast because I don't need it. I am IFing by accident as well. I feel better not eating first thing.

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on February 28, 2013
at 12:58 PM

yes, cortisol does not exist

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:52 AM

Oh joy, cortisol nonsense. :)

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:41 AM

fat loss? oh, of course

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:39 AM

you forgot the spiel about 'autophagy' ;)

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:17 AM

If i get low on energy during the day ill have some coco oil in tea

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:17 AM

I reckon so, fasting is a stress on the body and if you adapt to it then your no longer being stressed as much. One meal a day is fine though as long as you don't have a deficit of cal's for too long, as then you'll be starving yourself.

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:14 AM

Although i think it's still fine to eat one meal a day, but doing it regularly won't have the same benefits as say a 7 day fast.

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:13 AM

I reckon so, fasting is a stress on the body and if you adapt to it then your no longer being stressed as much. If i get low on energy during the day ill have some coco oil in tea

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De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

on February 28, 2013
at 10:09 AM

I don't eat breakfast or lunch & have a big evening meal every night, i've been doing it strictly for over a year now, but generally for years, and im still alive ;) Im simply never hungry for breakfast so don't eat it, same for lunch, so i never really have to force myself to not eat, rather i used to sometimes force myself to have breakky/lunch as i thought i should be eating at those times, but who makes those recommendations? The government health advisories that say 'eating little but often throughout the day reduces overall fat intake & helps weight loss' so the suggestions of breakfast/lunch being important is based in the same government advise bollocks we've been spun about low fat!

What im doing isn't intermittent fasting though, the body soon adapts to a routine so it no longer really 'stresses' the body like a good fast does

True IF is fasting spontaniously/randomly, in the past it would've been natural to have periods where you had unsucessfull hunts etc... that would be an example of IF, even if you skip a couple meals a week the body adapts to missing the odd meal & it technically isn't 'fasting' anymore, IMO

Now if i want to get the benfits of fasting i have to go at least 36 hours

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

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on February 28, 2013
at 05:48 PM

+1 for "What im doing isn't intermittent fasting though, the body soon adapts to a routine so it no longer really 'stresses' the body like a good fast does" I find that I choose to not have breakfast because I don't need it. I am IFing by accident as well. I feel better not eating first thing.

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on February 28, 2013
at 12:55 PM

I, like you, enjoy eating on a normal schedule and focus better this way. When I deprive myself of food then I cant focus on anything since my head is thinking about when I can eat next. I tried IF but felt hungry and miserable all day. I have always been the type of person who eats a huge breakfast, a huge lunch, and a snack for dinner... paleo definitely hasn't changed that.

It seems that the a lot of the people who do IF are trying to lose weight. I am pretty slender at the moment though so I think that skipping a meal or two a day would probably cause me to become underweight. I think that you should stick with whatever schedule you feel most comfortable with and focus best with. If you are already at a healthy weight then I definitely don't see a reason to go hungry!

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on March 01, 2013
at 10:21 AM

thanks, I have accepted your answer, mainly because you made me realize that many people into IF wants to shed some pounds or hack their bodies, like with the Warrior type. I am more the Monk type, do more than one hour of daily meditation and try hard to be aware of every sensation of my body. Sadly it will be hard to get answers from people using IF in that sense.

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on February 28, 2013
at 10:36 AM

It depends if you want to stress your body out with cortisol etc

People on here will say 'oh no breakfast isn't important, oh no that's a social construction, look at those stupid idiots thinking they need breakfast'

Then they'll say something like, IF gives you amazing health benefits like, um, weight loss and, um, yea weight loss

Man I'm disillusionment with paleo!

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:39 AM

you forgot the spiel about 'autophagy' ;)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:52 AM

Oh joy, cortisol nonsense. :)

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

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on February 28, 2013
at 12:58 PM

yes, cortisol does not exist

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on February 28, 2013
at 01:10 PM

Several months ago I read about intermittent fasting and thought the research and science was fastinanting. Since then I have put my nose to the grindstone and spent a lot of time tracking my own diet and eating patterns. What I have found is that my "normal" pattern is one of intermittent fasting and calorie cycling. What I think this shows is that our diets, habits, and plans to see results are incredibly personal and unique. Intermittent fasting is easy for me but might be difficult for others.

How it effects your energy levels is something you should test for yourself. I think it would be helpfull to document as much as possible, when you eat, what you eat, what your energy levels are at different times of day, how much sleep you are getting. Turn as much of the subjective into the objective as you can. Then, once the results are in make the decision on weather to continue or not.
Mark

www.trek2fitness.com

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:09 AM

I haven't had breakfast in almost a year now and never felt more energetic and mentally focused. If you feel your energy is drain while fasting, you should eat.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:17 AM

If i get low on energy during the day ill have some coco oil in tea

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:05 AM

I'm doing 1 meal a day at the moment, roughly 1600 cal in one meal, I wouldn't eat like this forever but it's great for fat loss which is what I'm trying to do now. I'll probably go back to 2 meals a day in a few weeks.

So by fasting every day are you making your body more use to it and therefore the fasting benefits are reduced?

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on February 28, 2013
at 11:14 AM

Although i think it's still fine to eat one meal a day, but doing it regularly won't have the same benefits as say a 7 day fast.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on February 28, 2013
at 11:41 AM

fat loss? oh, of course

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on February 28, 2013
at 11:17 AM

I reckon so, fasting is a stress on the body and if you adapt to it then your no longer being stressed as much. One meal a day is fine though as long as you don't have a deficit of cal's for too long, as then you'll be starving yourself.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on February 28, 2013
at 11:13 AM

I reckon so, fasting is a stress on the body and if you adapt to it then your no longer being stressed as much. If i get low on energy during the day ill have some coco oil in tea

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:01 AM

I have not been eating breakfast for a week and I feel richer already. A pound of bacon every morning is a recipe for bankruptcy.

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