Friday, 1 September 2017

Skip Breakfast? But it's the most important meal of the day!

Since the dawn of time (or at the least the 1950s) we've had it drilled into us that 'breakfast is the most important meal of the day'. We hear horror stories that if we miss it we'll have a mid-morning blood sugar crash, our metabolisms will slow down so much that we will put ON weight, or that our first born will quit university and become youtube vloggers!  However, if you are trying to eat in a calorie deficit to lose weight, breakfast makes up around 400 calories (for me) that you may be able to cut out or at least cut down.

REMEMBER, you only need to eat 500 calories a day less than your TDEE* to lose a pound (lb) a week
Healthy breakfast of wholemeal toast and protein filled eggs
Breakfast

Anyway, fear not, I've tested the theory for you and found that:

  • I didn't crash and burn and have to be airlifted to the hospital by 10AM
  • I wasn't ravenous all the rest of the day and made bad food choices. 
  • The later I started eating, the later I became hungry.
Do you know why none of the bad stuff happened? 

Because my lifestyle, like many of you out there, is classed as 'sedentary'. My weekday morning doesn't consist of canoeing down rapids to work where I chop logs for 8 hours and wrestle the occasional bear. No, I drive my 4 door family car to the office where I sit and shine the seat for 8 hours. So, when trying to lose weight, I just shave breakfast off the menu until I hit my target (not coffee obviously - I'm not completely loco). 

So, if you are aiming for a bit of fat loss but finding it hard to meet your calorie deficit targets, try to cut down gradually on breakfast and see if you can safely reduce it or remove it completely (temporarily). When you eventually do get hungry in the morning, try to eat some protein and/or slow release carbohydrates (eggs on wholemeal toast or Protein Weetabix)

Lastly, because I have to say it, always consult your Doctor before starting a diet...

*TDEE - Total Daily Energy Expenditure. Simply the amount of calories you need to maintain your body's natural functions (BMR) plus the calories needed to fuel your normal day.