I know, you know, everybody knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! After all, it will kick-start your metabolism in the morning and has potential to keep you fueled for a long time, thus avoiding big hunger attacks later in the day.
We’ve all heard it over and over, – I even did a post on it! Breakfast – 3 Reasons Why It Is An Essential Part Of A Healthy Diet
But I have to honestly tell you now that I am not so sure about this whole “eating breakfast to lose weight” any more. And I can tell you exactly why.
Over the last few weeks I have really given it a good go. I ate my porridge or muesli with fruit in the morning, just to make sure I wouldn’t get hungry again early, and to get my metabolism up to speed. I mean, I want my metabolism to burn off my fat stores 24/7! And the porridge and muesli were supposed to carry me over to lunch time, as they are also low GI and keep you going for longer.
Now Iam not a person to feel hungry in the morning, and I also don’t have a big appetite (in the morning, that is!). So here I was at 8 in the morning scoffing down my bowl full of healthy food, trying to feel good about it because it was going to help me lose weight.
But then I noticed a funny thing happening: contrary to what I had been told and believed to be true, I actually started feeling peckish and developed a bit of an appetite during late morning every time I had had breakfast – even though I was supposed to be “satisfied” for longer. Weird! So I kept watching myself, and noticed that whenever I ate breakfast in the morning, my thoughts for the rest of the day would quite often center around food and what I wanted to eat next. Breakfast actually “wetted” my appetite!
And true to form, I put on a bit of weight (2 kg). Man, was I disappointed!! Eating breakfast to lose weight was clearly not working for me! So I started thinking (dangerous! – Blonde thinking 😉 )
If I so absolutely didn’t feel like eating in the morning, I had no appetite, I wasn’t hungry, I felt fine – why should I force myself to eat if my body clearly didn’t need anything? Because that’s how I “read” the signals my body gives me in the mornings. Why should you eat if you are not hungry, don’t crave anything and are happy and content at the time? Doesn’t make sense to me. And I am actually quite sure that many of you will agree with me because I had a chat to my friends – a lot of them say it’s the same for them, they are just not hungry in the morning.
So I started to “experiment”. I did NOT eat my breakfast any more (don’t tell!). Instead, I started to listen to my body. And sure enough, most days I go through to mid-morning without eating, and then I really feel like a piece of fruit, so I eat an apple, or a banana. And what surprises me the most is that I seem to have a lot less appetite THE WHOLE DAY, so I find it a lot easier to control my eating. How about that?
I also started to eat a healthy salad lunch (which is a lot easier now because I can resist temptation a lot better without this horrible appetite!), and guess what happened? I lost the previously gained 2 kgs again within no time and with NO EFFORT!
So – in my opinion eating breakfast to lose weight might actually be a little overrated. Whilst I do believe that it can have its benefits on your metabolism and diet, I think everybody has to judge for themselves whether they need it in the morning or not. If you are hungry when you wake up, by all means – go for it! But make sure you eat healty. But if you are like me (and probably many others) and don’t like the thought of food much in the mornings – don’t force yourself, go with the flow and try to listen what your body tells you.
Makes sense, doesn’t it?
I would love to hear your comments on this.