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When is the best time to eat breakfast?

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Hey everyone,

I was just wondering, when is the best time to eat breakfast? On most weekdays I wake up between 5:00 and 5:30 in the morning to get to work by 6:30. I usually don't have time to eat breakfast before heading off to work but I usually eat a half cup of cottage cheese and a banana once I do get to work. On some days, I grab my breakfast and eat it as soon as I'm done starting up my computer and making my first pot of unsweetened tea for the day (which means around 7am). Other days I'll forget about eating till 8 or 9am because I'm just not hungry.

What do you guys think? Should I set a certian time to eat every day even if I don't feel like eating just yet? I always have something to eat before 10am (unless I'm not working on a particular day and sleep in until 10am in which case I usually don't eat until lunch (I know, "Bad Rae!")). 


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I don't think it matters if you eat it at 5:30 or 8:30, so long as you eat it!

I've heard somewhere that you should eat within a certian amount of time of waking up. Is this true?

I don't think I've heard that.

I think you're OK, so long as you're getting breakfast in. :) 


O sometimes don't eat breakfast until 10:00 when I've been at work a little while.  It all depends on when I get hungry.  I think as long as you are eating something in the morning, it doesn't really matter when.

If you're getting up at five you should DEFINITELY eat breakfast by seven... the longer you leave it, the bigger the gap is between your meals - dinner was a very long time ago and your system will running on low until you fuel it up again. The time when you're asleep doesn't really count, but the up-and-awake time definitely does.
I try to eat 6 "meals" a day. I usually don't eat dinner until 7-9 at night and I should be in bed by 10 at the latest (the last week I've been getting to bed after 11) because I wake up so early.
Original Post by hkellick:

I don't think I've heard that.

I think you're OK, so long as you're getting breakfast in. :)

 i think it matters. think about it. if you wake up at 5, and don't eat until 9, then you are essentially eating lunch. right? if someone woke up at 9 and didn't eat until 1pm, you would certainly say they have skipped breakfast.


i try to eat within 2 hours of waking up. but, i usually have coffee (40-70c worth) within 30 minutes of waking up. i do tend to have super small breakfasts, though, usually less than 150c (not including the coffee)

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Original Post by rae852004:

I've heard somewhere that you should eat within a certian amount of time of waking up. Is this true?

Yes, I read an article that said you should try to eat within an hour of waking up. It helps to kick start your metabolism and wake your body up right away. Basically when you sleep your metabolism slows down to a crawl, so when you wake up, the quickest way to jump start it is to put some food in it. Eating does two things, it provides energy, and it makes your body get to work burning calories quicker by triggering digestion. Otherwise, if you don't eat for a few hours after you wake up your body is still essentially burning calories in starvation mode due to sleep and because you haven't eaten for hours, and despite your best efforts it's not going to want to do much without fuel.

I've heard the one hour thing too, cos if you wake up at 5 and aren't eating until as late as 9 that is 4 hours, which means your metabolism won't be kick started like it would be if you ate at 6 or even 7.
i feel for you rae. i used to not eat until 10am. jenny craig said i had to eat breakfast. so i started.  i  had  to force myself  at  first but  its easier  now. i get up at 530am and am at work 7am i make coffee and start up the computers. i eat oatmeal with applesause at 8am. thats as early as i can go. it has helped my 4-5pm starving time. so i am going to eat breakfast every day!
How about a  banana on the way out the door or a glass of milk?  Something to start up your system.  Try it for a week and let us know how it works for you.  I'm trying to do the same, but I tend to be in such a rush in the mornings that even an extra 2-3 minutes seems like too much.
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