I get a lot of emails with questions from my blog readers and one of the ones that seems to be popping up a lot lately are about eating breakfast to lose weight.
Do you have to eat breakfast?
What should you eat for breakfast?
Will eating breakfast make you lose weight?
Will skipping breakfast slow down your metabolism?
You may want to check out what I personally eat for breakfast.
Here’s one of the questions I got recently:
Susan, I have been reading contradictory views on whether or not we should be eating breakfast. Similar to most people who read your blog, I am a woman who would like to lose about 20 pounds and I’m looking for every possible advantage to help me achieve my goals. But I feel very confused around the issue of breakfast, seeing two sides to a convincing story. My question is, what are your thoughts on whether or not we should be eating breakfast if we want to lose weight.
Thanks Jamie, I know. The question of whether or not we should be eating breakfast is another great example of how the media manipulates us to think we must do something, even if the only benefit is money in a company’s pocket.
To the best of my knowledge, the whole thing started with breakfast cereals. Companies like Post and Kellogg’s, wanted to increase the sales of their breakfast cereals. These cereals are cheap and easy to make and that means mucho dinero for the bottom line if they can get them sold.
So the mass marketing began. We learned that breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it will give us energy and the nutrients we need to get through the day.
But if you have been listening to anything I’ve said about eating whole foods and ditching the grains, you know that a diet high in refined carbohydrates like that in breakfast cereals really only makes you fat and leads to chronic diseases, such as inflammation, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
And that’s what started happening to people who were downing cereal for breakfast every morning. They got fat, their cholesterol went up, and they were hungry a few hours later.
OK, so now the breakfast cereal companies had to jump in again on this opportunity to make money.
- Cheerios can decrease your cholesterol.
- Go on the Special K diet.
- Get all the fiber you need with Fruit and Fiber.
The breakfast cereal companies were making a crap ton of money off us and when we started having health issues because of it, they just started claiming that their product would fix it.
On the other hand, you also have these companies telling us that if we do not eat breakfast we will get fat because not eating will slow down our metabolism.
That’s total crap.
The bottom line is that you do not decrease your metabolism by going without food for a few hours. It literally takes days, maybe even a full week without food before your body adjusts its metabolism down to protect you.
So, do you HAVE to eat breakfast? Hell no. You will not get fat if you don’t eat breakfast.
But will you lose weight if you SKIP breakfast? Here’s my thoughts….
I think we are asking the wrong questions, and that’s why we aren’t getting the right answers or even meeting our weight loss goals.
Perhaps the correct question to be asking is not DO we eat breakfast, but rather WHAT do we eat for breakfast if we want to lose weight.
Wow, deep. So, what’s the answer to the right question?
If you like to eat breakfast, do so. But it has to be the RIGHT foods, such as eggs, veggies, berries, and smoothies with a low carb protein powder.
You cannot, I repeat, cannot eat a breakfast full of crappy carbohydrates, such as cereal, bagels, and toast. You will not lose weight that way (you will gain it) and you are better off skipping breakfast altogether. And you can lose weight by skipping breakfast.
In fact, skipping meals is extremely beneficial to health and weight loss. It’s called intermittent fasting.
If, however, you can manage to get at least 30 grams of protein into you each morning then by all means, eat breakfast.
Not only will this kind of breakfast not pack on pounds, it will keep you ridiculously full for a ridiculously long time.
In the end, you can lose weight.
- If you are hungry in the morning, eat breakfast. Just make sure you get at least 30 grams of protein and limit grains and sugar.
- If you are not hungry, feel free to skip breakfast. No harm in doing so and will save you some calories.
Eating breakfast to lose weight isn’t necessary if you don’t love eating very early in the morning. But if you do enjoy breakfast, just make sure you choose food that will move you closer to your weight loss goals.
Your Weight Loss Coach,
Susan Campbell, MS
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