Should I Eat Breakfast When I’m Not Hungry
Common Breakfast Questions Answered
I’m not hungry in the morning but hungry at night, why?
Hormone imbalances, faulty eating patterns, poor sleep.
Should i eat even if i’m not hungry
No, but there is a reason for everything. Listen to your body above all else.
Should I eat when i’m not hungry bodybuilding
Yes, but you need to figure out why that is and fix it. You won’t be able to sustain the behavior.
Why am i never hungry anymore
Why? What did you eat the night before? This is also pretty common after a lifestyle change for instance, break up, new job, traveling, etc.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
It depends on when you wake up and when you go to work or school. The lifestyle factors are more important.
Trying to Lose Weight?
You may have heard you need to eat breakfast because skipping will force your body to gain weight.
I say to those haters, read this review, “Belief beyond the evidence: using the proposed effect of breakfast on obesity to show 2 practices that distort scientific evidence”. It’s not black and white now is it?
Eating Breakfast Does Help
Breakfast helps keep your food intake consistent throughout the day. It also helps avoiding calorie intakes thats spike in the evening because you’re really hungry.
Can I eat fatty or sugary foods in the morning?
You can milk a goat!(Sorry, too much coffee) Yes you can, it’s actually a better time because your body will have all day to burn calories. Or my second answer is no, it will spike you insulin levels throughout the day and give the body a “store fat” signal with everything else you eat. My best idea, stop eating trash for breakfast and your problem will be solved.
Breakfast To Lose Weight
The million dollar question, should you eat breakfast in the morning or not eat breakfast in the morning? There are a lot of other side questions that go in to that but we’ll get there.
The simple answer, yes eat breakfast. Keep reading and I’ll explain.
So what does the research say? I like to make everything that I do hone in on what we know, what’s for sure, what’s not for sure.
What’s fact? What’s fiction? What’s a myth? Or maybe what’s kind of in the gray area?
So breakfast is definitely not black or white. There is no one true answer.
Now, if you’re an average person, you should be eating breakfast. If you’re an average person that’s probably the best thing for you. Now, I’m going to explain why.
A lot of the research is a little tricky because there’s this really easy way to just read one research paper—or even a couple, and think that this correlation to breakfast is causation? Now, there’s a lot of different ways and studies that have been done on breakfast and what were people eating.
Some were fasting 12 hours before, some were fasting 24 hours before they ate breakfast. Some ate breakfast and then the meal was very different than somebody else’s breakfast.
For instance, some people eat breakfast in the studies and they only ate protein. Some other people eat breakfast but they ate protein, fat, and carbs. And then there’s another group and they didn’t eat anything.
That’s gives you an idea of how tricky this is.
Breakfast and Metabolism Research
Now, what I’ve noticed with my clients, the majority of them that eat breakfast usually have the better results. Now, that’s just what I’ve seen. That’s what I’ve kind of done with my own nutrition plan. Now, why is that?
There’s a couple of reasons for this. And I’ll get into the diets a little down the road here, too.
The reason why most people receive better results when they eat breakfast versus when they don’t eat breakfast is because that breakfast is going to do a couple of awesome things for you.
Now, again, we’re talking about breakfast. It’s a very generalized term. What does breakfast even mean? Is that a shake? Is it only protein? Is it protein, fats, and carbs? A lot of things are going into this, right?
So, when I’m saying breakfast, and I’m saying my clients eat breakfast, I’m talking about proteins, carbs, and fat. And then hopefully vegetables. I like to think of it in four ways. I look at a plate and look at it in those four ways.
Now, one reason that I think they’re seeing better results is because they’re satiated throughout the day, their satiation and their fullness levels, are much higher especially going into lunch.
Now, if you work a nine to five job—and again, this is a lifestyle factor…That’s another huge reason why this is great.
Some of my clients are doctors and they don’t work nine to five. Or some of my clients are shift workers. They definitely don’t work nine to five, right?
We have to look at their specific goals with their specific lifestyle factors—work is one of them—and then decide how eating should work for them too.
If you’re watching this video, and you’re wondering should I eat breakfast or should I not eat breakfast, well, it’s actually going to just depend a lot on your lifestyle factors. This is why it’s not black and white.
Sidenote: I coach online clients specifically with this. Shoot me an e-mail if you need help
Why Am i Not Hungry All Day
Now, “fullness” throughout the day, especially from lunch, I’m going off just a nine to five schedule, let’s say a work day for the average person out there.
This schedule says, you know, you’re going to work at nine and work until five, right? So, if you’re skipping breakfast, okay, that’s fine. You think, “Okay, I’m going to lose more weight duh duh duh duh”.
Well, at the end of the day, really what totally matters for losing that weight right or if you want to talk about gaining muscle—but let’s stick to the losing weight for this example. You want to stay under a certain amount of calories, and stay in a deficit.
Meaning, your workouts and your calories, your activity—I shouldn’t even say ‘workouts’, that’s a little confusing. So all of your activities in the day, right? So me just sitting here doing nothing is actually burning calories.
My body is working right now. Now, some people sitting here doing nothing will burn more and some people will do less. That’s factor one.
Factor two: Your workouts, your walking. Maybe you bike to work. Or maybe just sit in a car. Or maybe you sit in a car for several hours, right?
All this stuff adds up, okay? And I’m not trying to confuse you here. I’m just showing you how complex this breakfast question is. Because I’ve seen this breakfast question in magazines, since—you know—I remember reading some of my mom’s magazines when I was a child. okay?
We have to look at this and say, “It’s really about lifestyle factors”. But tapering it back. Going back to what I’ve seen so far.
The people that skip breakfast in the morning nine to five and then they hit lunch? They’re actually starving at that point. And when you’re starving—you are a human, right?
You just want to eat. It doesn’t matter what you eat. Now, you can say, “Well, I have good healthy habits” and all this stuff yada, yada, yada.
Well, that’s great. If you’re one of those super dedicated people that’s like 1-5% of the population that only eats broccoli and protein, good for you. But the fact is, most of us aren’t like that.
So, you’re actually setting yourself up for a harder day at work. You’re increasing stress. Your cortisol levels are going to skyrocket a little bit during lunch, right?
Because you’re a little frantic, right? You’re really hungry. You don’t have much time to get lunch, usually, right? A little stereotype.
But you’re also going to be going out and saying, if you don’t have a packed lunch that’s perfectly fit for you and it’s really healthy, then you’re going to go out to eat somewhere, right?
And when we go out to eat, that’s where all those subliminal messages come in. You see that really good looking shake, or the fries, okay. Right. Or you have the salad. Good for you.
If you can do that, skip breakfast and have a salad during lunch, great. But the problem with that is you’re just prolonging your body that mind of yours that human mind that says “I’m really hungry” until dinner. And you’re going to have the same effect during dinner.
And I’m sorry but what I’ve seen is, most people always break down at some point. Whether you’re going to break down mid-morning, you’re going to break down at lunch, after lunch, dinner, or you know, late night.
Whenever you’re going to break down, or whatever time it happens, you eventually will break down, okay? Like I said, this is really more about will power, okay?
Only Eat When Hungry To Lose Weight Advice
Now, will power is like filling your car with gas, okay? Every morning you wake up and you have a certain amount of will power in your gas tank, okay?
Now, every decision you make slowly dwindles that gas down throughout the day, and you know, by the end of the day, most of us have used up most of our will power gas, okay?
Now, eating, we want to try to make automatic in our lives. So, the more we have to think about eating, the more decisions we’re going to have to make and it’s going to get stressful, and on top of work, and then kids, and family, or school, or whatever you have going on, right?
Your will power gas tank is going to dwindle down. And you know what happens to most people who are trying to lose weight, their will power gas tank has all the way sunk down, you know, before they even hit lunch.
And then, they’re looking around, “What am I going to eat? I should be healthy. But now I’m just so hungry and I—“
You have all these hormones just telling you “no, we need to eat” and your body is smart and is complex as our bodies are, they actually don’t really care what we eat as much as they do with just getting fed, okay?
So, that’s really important to remember. The will power effect of that in your life. And again, that’s why it’s a lifestyle management that we really need to look at in your life.
And that’s kind of, on a side note, why I’m trying to brand myself as a lifestyle manager because I’ve noticed with personal training, you know, we do corrective exercises, we do nutrition, you know, I do all of these stuff, right? But at the end of the day, I have to look at the individual—you—and I have to look at your life, and all of the different factors that are at play.
And then with knowing those factors, utilize what we know from studies, and research, and my training, and you know, school, all of that, and apply it to my client’s life, okay?
If you’re watching this video, you’re probably doing a little bit of it on your own. Maybe have somebody like me to just talk to. And again, I’m always free. Just comment below, okay, and I’m going to try to get back to you on everything about this.
But, at the end of the day, you have to look at yourself as a scientist, okay? Like I was saying earlier. And you have to say, “I’m going to test this out for two weeks and see what happens”, okay?
Now, let’s conclude this about breakfast and just end the discussion forever.
It’s a black and white, no. it’s gray. It’s a very gray.
Should you skip breakfast or not? It’s very grey, okay? Some people skip breakfast and do great. They have great physiques, they feel good, they look good, their mind’s good, they’re happy, they got a good mind and body, the whole deal.
But, it seems like most people make life harder on themselves, struggle more, and don’t, hit their goals as soon as they would like when they skip breakfast, okay?
Now that’s me and my advice, in what I’ve seen from my clients and other people’s clients and just general population. I talk to people about it all the time. Think about that before you try to get rid of your breakfast or think about it to maybe get back on breakfast.
Please leave your comments and questions below or on the video, thank you!
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