Monday Poll: Breakfast Habits
We’ve all heard that eating breakfast can help weight-loss efforts. The explanations vary from preventing metabolic slowing after fasting all night to helping control snacking and overeating the rest of the day.
Even for people who aren’t concerned with losing/maintaining weight, breakfast is recommended as a way to improve general eating habits and aid concentration.
And yet for many people breakfast consists of caffeine and maybe a bite of pastry. Time is a big factor in this. In our already sleep-deprived culture, people are willing to trade breakfast for an extra half hour of sleep. But for some people, they are just not hungry in the morning. I used to be in the latter category. I have no idea what changed. It could be that as I made an effort to get at least seven hours of sleep per night that not being exhausted in the morning has helped my appetite. Maybe it’s because I’m more physically active throughout the day and am burning more calories and combined with eating less in the evenings, the energy gap is larger after sleeping than it used to be. Or it could be that making a concerted effort to eat has trained my body to expect breakfast. I dunno.
For me, a good size breakfast with an emphasis on fiber and protein definitely affects how I eat for the rest of the day. I no longer crave sweets all morning and I have more energy during the day.
However, if not eating breakfast works for someone else, I don’t think that forcing oneself to eat is necessarily such a great thing. So tell me about your breakfast habits…
If you do eat breakfast, what kind of stuff do you generally like to eat?