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What if you're not hungry for breakfast?

We hear so much about breakfast being the most important meal of the day and you need it to keep your metabolism up, but what if you just aren't hungry until lunchtime? Any thoughts or experience with this? It doesn't affect the rest of the day - like it doesn't cause over-snacking or over-eating later (logging in WW points to make sure). Thanks!

Thu. Nov 29, 11:36am

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No one is saying you have to eat breakfast if you don't want it. However numerous studies have shown that those who eat breakfast every day are, in general, more successful at losing weight and keeping it off. Note - those results don't say you can't lose weight and keep it off if you don't eat breakfast, just that it works that way for more people than not.

If this doesn't work for you and you're happy with the way things are - then do what works best for you.

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 11:47 AM

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I didn't eat breakfast until I was about 21 years old when I started living with my, now, husband. You just have to force it a little, at first. Just have something small-a piece of fruit, a handful of nuts, a bar, an egg... It will become normal after a few weeks/months, and you'll actually be hungry for it in the morning. It's nothing but good for you. Give it a try!

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 11:48 AM

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I don't feel like eating breakfast, I don't feel like exercising, I don't feel like eating healthy...blah blah blah. They are all excuses.
There are certain things you need to do if you want to lose weight. Eating breakfast is one of them. Not just so you don't overeat throughout the day but also so your metabolism stays high.

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 12:50 PM

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I can't remember where I read it but it said that if you are not hungry within 30 minutes of waking up you ate too much the night before, just a thought, I'm always hungry when I wake up but I also eat my lightest meal at dinner.

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 3:00 PM

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Interesting. If I go to bed I hungry, I wake up not hungry at all. I always credited my stomach shrinking overnight to that. And vice versa, if I go to bed stuffed I wake up starving. I have no scientific proof on the stomach shrinking thing, that's just me trying to rationalize things.

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 6:29 PM

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PP, I too am always starving in the morning after a big dinner too, not at all if I ate a light dinner.

As far as the breakfast thing, I started eating breakfast NO MATTER WHAT about 2 years ago when I started trying to lose weight and I think it really helped me. It's now a habit, I am hungry first thing and feel better in general all day. I would reccomend it!

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 6:50 PM

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yep! me too! I think its because of the level of acid in yourstomach, from digesting all night? if I eat too much to close to bedtime I wake up hungry, but that acidic I need a tums kind of hungry. what is a good simple breakfast?

Saturday, December 15, 2007, 7:08 AM

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I agree with the previous posters. Eat something anyway - even just something small, like a 1/2 protien bar, hardboied egg, 1/2 a yoghurt. It should help with metabolism. Eating breakfast has been KEY to my losing weight, and I wasn't a breakfast eater for 30 years.

Saturday, December 15, 2007, 11:20 AM

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Talking about acid you reminded me that starch makes you hungry and rice contains starch. So maybe when you had dinner the previous day the starch made u hungry so u become hungrier in the morning. so if u eat a light dinner the next day u dun feel so full?

Friday, April 17, 2009, 7:10 AM

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Eating within the first 30 minutes o waking up gets your metabolism going. That's why breakfast eaters are more successful with weight loss. What it comes down to is this- if you want to lose weight you'll eat breakfast. Your best bet is protein. A boiled egg, yogurt, a glass of milk, a cheese stick even peanut butter. Good luck.

Friday, April 17, 2009, 7:36 AM

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If you're not a breakfast person, try drinking your breakfast! Have a glass of fruit juice or a low fat latte in the morning! Or a smoothie...

That way, you give your body some nutrition, kickstart your metabolism but don't force yourself to eat when you really don't want to! :)

Friday, April 17, 2009, 2:09 PM

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