I never really wanted to eat breakfast, but I usually did it anyways. This all changed once I decided to just eat “how I felt” (and enjoyed).
I’ve heard all the reasons for eating a big breakfast, I’ve done my own research, and in the end I think it is not that “important” as it is made out to be. Simply put…here’s why:
Now you may be thinking: “Wait a minute…when you eat breakfast you ‘jump start‘ that metabolism!”
Well that “jump start” is really just the increased energy it takes to digest that food (also known as the thermic effect of food..or TEF for short). So in a sense, breakfast does increase immediate energy expenditure…
But here’s where it gets fun. Assuming you eat the same amount of calories over the entire day (24 hours), the TEF overall is still the same. So even if you don’t eat breakfast, you will still have that increased energy expenditure later on with meals.
Which also brings me to point #2…
Mainstream has done a good job of scaring people into eating all the time in fear of some instantaneous “starvation mode” and catastrophic metabolic slowdown.
However the science says otherwise.
I’ve done the research and looked at the studies on meal frequency, and that instant “crashing” metabolic slowdown has never been proven.
Skipping a meal or eating less number of them does not “crash” it. That also means that eating more meals (daily calorie load the same) does not “speed up” your metabolism either (like every fad diets tells you to do).
There is no solid evidence that six small meals a day instead of three will speed metabolism ~ New York Time Online 2010
In fact, it seems that your body is more optimally hormonally primed for fat burning in the morning…something a big breakfast to “fuel up” will only shut down.
Here’s how burning that stored fat really happens.
Fat cells are holding onto stored fat and waiting for instructions to “release” them into the blood stream. Those instructions come through various “hormones”.
Once released into the bloodstream, now called free fatty acids (or FFAs), those FFAs can be used as a fuel source (or stored again).
The “big” hormone to come into play is insulin. An essential hormone in your overall health, but also one when elevated signals more “storing” and less “releasing” to the fat cells.
Other key hormones that tell the fat cells to “release” stored fats (such as Growth Hormone, glucagon and adrenaline/noradrenaline), are lowered in response to increasing insulin.
When you wake up, you are in a “fasted” state (haven’t eaten food in 8+ hours). This is when your body is lowest in insulin levels, and is a prime time for accessing stored fat for energy.
So what happens when you eat a big breakfast?
Insulin goes up…and stored fat releasing (and hormones involved) will just go down.
While calories still matter for the day in overall weight gain/loss, you are also not taking advantage of the best time to “attack that stored fat” by eating a big breakfast.
Personally I’d would rather take the “easy” way to getting and staying lean. Wouldn’t you?
Why not instead just use that morning time to access more stored fat and eat your main meals later on?
Remember in part 1, I gave you information that eating more often or skipping a meal will NOT “crash” your metabolism.
The trick now is keeping that “low energy intake” (or “fasting”) state going from overnight to access more stored fat.
In fact, times of “intermittent fasting/feeding” (or IF for short) have been shown to lower insulin and increase FFAs more than any other kind of reduced calorie eating plan.
This idea of using short periods of “IF” as a way to target fat burning, is what makes this all so simple and effective.
Since using this “IF” style of eating for years, I (and many others) have also experienced some other surprising benefits…
The ancient Greeks–the finest of people, physically and mentally, that ever lived–ate but two meals a day. ~ The Hygienic System: Orthotrophy; Dr Shelton; 1935
In using any kind of eating strategy, it is important for you to understand how the whole body reacts at the hormonal level.
There is an overall balance that needs to be taken into consideration for long term success.
Your body in fact can react with overall positive responses from this low/no food stress (such as lowering insulin levels and increasing FFAs), but only when it is short and/or intermittent.
This is that “sweet spot” of more energy, fat burning and optimal muscle definition (or “tone”). The right balance between times of stress and recovery.
But if the stress load on the body overall is in excess (or chronic), it can take results in a different direction.
This is especially important when you start targeting that stubborn fat and lower bodyfat %s.
Too many go to extremes, overload the body with stress and end up eventually hitting that dreaded “crash and burn”. Then what can happen is weight loss plateaus, low energy, and even more stubborn fat gain!
Avoiding this is key…and something I have help so many understand and overcome throughout the years.
Once you just understand what can work and known how to make the right adjustments in your lifestyle, then you will no longer need any more “experts” to tell you what to do.
You’ll just “get it”, and know what needs to be done.
That’s what I want for you. That freedom from diets, obsessive eating and experts.
So long ago I put it all into one easy read, and have continued to update and improve as the years have gone by.
This is what I consider the essential manual for those wanting to undertake a simple intermittent feeding/fasting based lifestyle, and leave those complicated diets behind.
It’s a quick and easy read too. You don’t need a PhD to understand what is going on inside.
What I’ve put inside these 100 pages includes:
Now here come the big sales pitch (wink)…
It’s cheap…probably too cheap. It’s only 5 bucks!
I kept it this low for one main reason.
I want you to buy me 2 cups of coffee (just kidding).
I honestly want to be able to help more people like you free themselves from those complicated diets (and know not everyone can afford my private coaching rates at $100+/hr).
It’s why I work as a professional trainer/coach, and I love doing it.
I believe in keeping things simple. Solutions shouldn’t and don’t need to be complicated to work. I understand this for myself and all my clients.
I’m just giving you the information that matters (gives you the most in return), and tossing out the stuff that does not. No unnecessary hype or complex distractions just for a bigger selling price.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction. ~ Albert Einstein
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