Breakfast is seen as an important part of our healthful lifestyle, even more important than the rest of your daily meals. But the truth is that it’s really not what it’s cracked up to be. In fact, breakfast can make some people hungrier for the remainder of the day than they would have been without it. A recent study showed two groups, one in which folks consumed 700 calories before 11 a.m. daily, a very hefty breakfast, and the second group didn’t eat until noon. The participants were not given guidelines as to what to eat for breakfast. The results were surprising: Those who ate breakfast consumed significantly more daily calories overall than those who didn’t.
So, are YOU hungry in the morning? If so, then have at it! Just keep in mind that what matters for your metabolism is the TOTAL amount of food consumed throughout the day. It makes no difference at which times or how often you eat.
I tend not to be hungry upon waking, or even a couple of hours after. Generally I only have coffee with a teaspoon of coconut oil and then eat at noon or 1pm, when I’m truly hungry. Even when doing Kettlebell sport training sets, I prefer to have an empty stomach. The only exception is the mornings I perform an hour of strength and conditioning. Since this is a long weight-workout, it requires my system to be fully fueled. Over the years I’ve found this method to be most effective, including eating most of my carbs with dinner.
If your goal is to enhance your overall health or lose fat, skipping breakfast, even a few times each week, can help your efforts. For example, if you’re going straight to a desk job in the morning, you don’t need a meal to get you through until the afternoon. See how you feel by waiting 4-5 hours after waking before eating. I wouldn’t forego the coffee though!
Basically, breakfast is based on personal preference. Listen to your body and do what feels right for you.