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Conventional wisdom tells us that having a good breakfast sets you up for the day by fuelling the body. Not having enough or skipping breakfast means your setting yourself up for hunger prangs and this will result in consuming more throughout the day than you should. My theory on this differs to conventional wisdom.
Throughout the night you are in a fasted state, using up your glycogen stores. In the morning as soon as you eat your first morsel this process stops. My view is why not maximise this process and keep it going.
I am not saying to never eat breakfast, but experiment by experiencing the changes skipping breakfast will make. You are not like everyone else and maybe the challenge will teach you that eating breakfast isn’t always the best option. If you always ritually eat breakfast then going without the coffee and meal will be challenging, but worthwhile in the long run. Try it for a few days, or a week and see the difference.
Think about when you sleep. Do you wake up in the night with the urge to eat and run to food? No. So, why do you feel hunger first think in the morning? Learned behaviour. We expect food and this triggers signals that make you feel hungry. Missing breakfast breaks the expectations and you realise the need for food diminishes.
Steps to take
1) Drink fluids instead. Have plenty of water or add some spirulina and chlorella if you can and drink. You need water in your body as perspiration and the long period without a drink deprives the body of liquids.
2) Prepare yourself – maybe start eating a little more for you last meal if you find it difficult.
3) on the fast morning, try to eat hold off food as long as possible. Maybe start with a smoothie if you can.
4) Allow a few days to get accustomed to the change.
5) Remember! I’m not saying do this for the rest of your life. Experiment and see how you feel.
Isn’t your cup of tea!
If you are unable to go without breakfast or find this difficult don’t be harsh on yourself. This isn’t a programme. Your not a failure or giving up, be versatile, look for alternatives to help you to get healthy. I would suggest to focus on making breakfast your healthiest meal of the day instead. If I told you leave everything as it was and change only your breakfast then maybe this would be a good compromise. Changing your whole diet overnight really never proves to work in the long run and normally you end up heavier than you were. Just concentrating on the one, first meal of the day will I still good habits.
My aim here is not to give you a recipe that claims to dissipate the fat. I may put on some things I eat later, but the idea is to arm you with the choices that you can make and stick to in the long term. It’s more of a guideline.
Steps to take
1) Breakfast cereals contain too much sugar. Avoid these and anything with sugar, including bread.
2) Eat raw if possible
3) Drink plenty of water in the morning
4) Look for different recipes and if you don’t normally cook then at least try this meal.
5) Cut out the coffee.
For the rest of your day just eat like your normal routine. Just remember breakfast has to be right.