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When is the right time for Breakfast

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So now I eat "Breakfast" every day which is something I never used to do before here.

My question though is when should I be eating it?  When is the best time after waking up to eat breakfast to get the most out of it?

I currently eat breakfast about 3 hours after waking up.  This is to say I wake up at 5:30-6:00am and eat at 8:30-9:00am.  Should I be eating this first meal earlier?
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I think it is totally up to you.  Some people can't eat right after getting up.  If it is working good for you - stick with it. 
But having breakfast helps with metabolism right?

Not just any meal during the day or else you could just skip breakfast and have lunch and then 2 other meals right?

I would think there would be a time after getting up that would optimise this notion of it helping with your meta?  I am wondering when this is.  Lol

sounds silly.. but it was my thought while eating breaky..
I tend to get up, go for a run, have a shower, and then have breakfast. So, it's generally about an hour after I get up.

I don't know if that's ideal or not, but it seems to work out alright.
Eating more smaller meals throughout the day is better than 2 large ones.  Breakfast is certainly a good idea.
Yes you should be eating it earlier. You should eat every 2-3 hours, 6 times a day.

Eat within about an hour of getting up, and then eat a morning snack around 9-10am.

The whole point of breakfast is to kick start your metabolism. The sooner you eat, the sooner your body starts to metabolize, the more calories you burn, the more your body likes you! :)
great comment gemini. It makes sense too. I know I'm always soooo hungry when I get up because it's been so long since I've eaten, but at the same time, I have to wait at least 15-20 min. because it just makes me sick to think of eating before washing my face and brushing my teeth. Ick!
I have had the same question. However, I have contradictory information. What gemini says seems intuitively like it should be true. However, check this out:

(sorry, I don't seem to be able to make actual links because of my Mac)

So, viczan, your routine IS ideal.

I have a large glass of water (and take my supplements) as soon as I get up. After my bike ride, I should eat breakfast immediately after, but sometimes I get distracted and it's nearly 11am before I get around to it. Since I just recently started delaying my breakfast like this, I still have to incorporate that last part fully into my routine, as a new habit. But I'll get it. Meanwhile, I can't really say whether my weight loss rate is better than it was before, but I do get to work a half hour earlier, and that's a nice bonus.
for me, i wake up at 6:00 in the morning. i absolutely can not bring myself to eat breakfast, for some reason it makes me feel sick. but shortly after, i have to leave for school so i end up missing it, that's my problem.
I wake up, weigh myself and eat at around 6am.  I eat again at 9am.  and then at 12.  Then again at 3pm and then at 6.  That of course is on a good day.
i'm not normally very hungry in the morning, but i've been eating a fitness bar (only 90 cals, more of a cereal bar than a power bar) in the mornings about 40 minutes after i get up, which is also about 40 minutes before i go run... i eat my true breakfast within an hour after my run (which means i am eating breakfast somewhere between 10:30 and 11 most days!); if you do morning cardio, i've read that it is optimal to eat between 30 and 60 minutes after your workout. i eat the fitness bar to jumpstart my metabloism for the day...

i dont know that waiting to eat at 8:30-9:00 is bad for you, what time do you go to bed, what time is your last meal... those answers may determine the answer to your original question. you don't want too much time between meals, you want to keep your metabolism fed!
Zeppocat - I wasn't talking about viczan! :) I was directing my comment to the author of the post, who mentioned nothing about working out.

That article is exactly right - work out on an empty stomach before you eat breakfast. Or wait 3 hours minimum to work out.

But that article mentioned nothing about the topic of this post, which was "I currently eat breakfast about 3 hours after waking up. Should I be eating this first meal earlier?" To which the answer is most definitely yes!
I eat mine like...half an hour after waking up.  Guess I'm the
weirdo of the bunch.  I don't know what I'd do without my kashi
cereal in the morning!!
I'm with you finewine. I wake up hungry now-something I never did before I ate breakfast regularly.

and kashi cereal is my addiction-it's yummy, and it's easy to eat in a hurry. I have daycare kids coming early in the morning, and if I don't eat before they get here, I might not have another chance for quite a bit.
yay me! :D

I couldn't resist. I hadn't looked in this thread in a bit and then today I saw that my routine is ideal. That's fun! I guess I have to stick with it now.
I think the comment about getting your metabolism going in the morning is correct. I seem to recall that a small, balanced breakfast is recommended within 90 minutes of getting up.

PS Kashi is the best!
Oh man, I just had some Kashi Go Lean blueberry waffles....DAMN they
were good!  Another breakfast alternative for me now, and actually
less calories than in a bowl of cereal, haha.  Even with butter
(well, light margerine) and syrup (sugar free low cal syrup, haha) it
was STILL less.  Fantastic thing, if you ask me. 
I get up about 6-  Cardio for 45 minutes...
And then a large glass of 1% milk.

Then i don't eat again until abotu 9:30- and I keep my breakfast light, to about 15-175 calories (Plus coffee)

I'm not a big morning eater, so I think as long as you put SOMETHING in your belly... it's better than nothing.

At night, on the other hand...

*Can't pry cold dead hands off of any food not tied down*
finewine: they make sugar-free syrup? Is it any good? I'm diabetic and I dream of waffles/pancakes/French toast, but an ordinary amount of regular syrup would make me feel quite ill. (and I'm not on a lowcarb regime - my dietician doesn't recommend that for diabetics, just moderation).
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