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Breakfast a must?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 22, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Okay, so I don't usually eat breakfast most of the time unless I'm starving because it upserts my stomach for some reason. I've just started the Paleo Diet and I was wondering if i have to eat breakfast.

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on May 11, 2013
at 12:10 AM

You always eat breakfast: no matter how you eat, you got to eat somehow. And when you eat, you break your fast.

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on April 22, 2013
at 03:00 PM

Problem here is when we have problems that we are not aware of. And in terms of health/nutrition this seems to be the default scenario.

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on April 22, 2013
at 02:36 PM

I agree, but I did ask if the OP had any problems by not eating breakfast. If not, I wouldn't think breakfast would be mandatory. If the OP has problems by not eating breakfast then we have a whole different conversation.

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on April 22, 2013
at 02:32 PM

It's not quite be-all/end-all. There are people that don't eat breakfast, yet pig out the rest of the day and have problems.

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on April 22, 2013
at 12:11 PM

great answer - I would also add that it doesn't have to be all or nothing. some days I wake up starving and I eat breakfast. Some days I have no appetite until 11 (usually if I ate a carb heavy dinner the night before). Eat when you're hungry. :)

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on April 22, 2013
at 10:46 AM

You might wanna read this http://www.dangerouslyhardcore.com/5084/why-breakfast-is-nothing-but-a-scam/

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on April 22, 2013
at 06:35 AM

I don't eat after 5:00 PM (usually) so I am starving in the morning. I need my breakfast. Love your nick! :)

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on April 22, 2013
at 06:34 AM

It depends on your circumstances. There are plenty of people eating Paleo that don't eat breakfast. However, these people are usually in adequate to good condition already.

Usually people getting into Paleo for the first time are getting into it for a reason. Poor health, heavily overweight, crappy diets, etc. For them, it's a good idea to structure according to plan for a month, get used to how it works for you, then modify from that point.

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on April 23, 2013
at 04:41 PM

If you like breakfast, go for it. In my case, the longer I go without eating the stronger and more alert I feel. I guess I'm just a good fat-burner (and I still have plentiful reserves.)

If you don't like breakfast, smile when people talk about how important it is. When I was on SAD, any time I ate breakfast I had an energy crash soon thereafter. Now, it isn't so much that I'll crash. I just don't want it.

I enjoy sipping coffee (cream, honey) for a few hours and being active for at least 4 hours before worrying about food.

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on May 11, 2013
at 03:26 AM

Or try Bullet Proof coffee! The one exception to the "no drinking calories" rule. Will keep you full, I promise, and doesn't feel like eating.

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on April 22, 2013
at 12:16 PM

so you don't currently eat breakfast and have no problems not eating breakfast? I'd say you have your answer right there.

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on April 22, 2013
at 02:36 PM

I agree, but I did ask if the OP had any problems by not eating breakfast. If not, I wouldn't think breakfast would be mandatory. If the OP has problems by not eating breakfast then we have a whole different conversation.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on April 22, 2013
at 02:32 PM

It's not quite be-all/end-all. There are people that don't eat breakfast, yet pig out the rest of the day and have problems.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on April 22, 2013
at 03:00 PM

Problem here is when we have problems that we are not aware of. And in terms of health/nutrition this seems to be the default scenario.

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on April 23, 2013
at 03:55 PM

I rarely have breakfast and feel better for it but for years I was bought up you must have breakfast it's the most important meal etc..... just like we were told grains were so good for us right!

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on April 23, 2013
at 03:24 AM

You don't HAVE TO eat breakfast. There is no rule saying that you MUST. I myself don't eat breakfast either because it upsets my stomach too. I get up, work out on an empty stomach and then when my stomach tells me to eat, I do... Bring on those grass-fed burgers ;)

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on April 22, 2013
at 11:45 AM

Skipping breakfast should be done for people who are very healthy and have a good metabolism and can rely a lot on their fat storage, this usually means people with good leptin/insulin sensitivity.

If you're one of this, then I guess it will be no problem. If you stomach roars, you can try to fake it with a coffee or a infusion, maybe add some coconut milk, cocoa or butter, this has done wonders for me when not wanting to eat breakfast (I currently eat it).

If you're not (you can know if you're obese, or have been and still have a lot of cravings for food or can't manage to stay many hours without eating, or if you feel very bad in general for no reason) then it may be a good idea to start the day with a good protein/fat meal, that will give you energy and satiety. Then you can adjust on the other meals later on the day to meet your macros. This is known as the leptin reset of Dr. Kruse and has worked very well for many.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 22, 2013
at 12:11 PM

great answer - I would also add that it doesn't have to be all or nothing. some days I wake up starving and I eat breakfast. Some days I have no appetite until 11 (usually if I ate a carb heavy dinner the night before). Eat when you're hungry. :)

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on May 10, 2013
at 05:43 PM

I agree with what a lot of people are sayin, if you don't have a problem not eating breakfast, then don't eat breakfast! However, if you are overweight, or not sensitive to insulin, or are just starting out, (ooooooorrr, you don't have a healthy relationship with food) you might want to check out http://whole9life.com/ and see if a whole30 is something for you. I've done two and they really get me on track with what my body likes to digest/doesn't. Good luck!

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on April 23, 2013
at 01:08 AM

Just call it "Intermittent Fasting" (abbreviated IF around here) and you'll fit right in. If it works for you, go for it.

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on April 22, 2013
at 09:15 AM

A lot of people do periodic fasting, and eat only between 12 noon and 8 pm. It is supposed to be very good when you want to increase muscle and decrease fat, if you work out alot also. Everyone is different, and everything does not suit all. Evali

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