Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?
The simple answer is that it depends…
Honestly, most of the time I either eat a very small snack in the morning OR cut out breakfast all together.
Right now you’re probably asking, “Why the heck would I do that? How do I have the fuel to work throughout the day?”
Well, let me explain.
I figured this out from a combination of my own guinea pig experiments, as well as doing some research online.
Eating Late at Night
First of all, I am one of the biggest victims when it comes to eating late at night… More often than not, I’ll throw on an episode of LOST and find myself drowning in snacks. While in the moment it seems like a great way to satisfy the hunger, I soon realized a patten.
The later at night I eat, the earlier I am hungry in the morning.
For example, if I find myself snacking on salsa and chips at 1AM, and I wake up at 7AM for my day ahead, I am extremely hungry!
Gather around kids, time for some SCIENCE.
According to my girlfriend, eating late at night can screw up your entire system overnight. She recommends that you only eat up to 3 hours before going to bed. Between the time your stop eating to the time you hit the hay, your body is digesting the food it ate throughout the day. As you sleep, your body cleanses and restarts itself for the next day! When you wake up, you don’t feel hunger immediately because your body “clock” has been reset and ready to go.
However, if you eat RIGHT BEFORE you go to bed, you body has no time to digest while you’re still awake, and your system has very little time to cleanse and restart itself. That means that as you sleep and when you wake up, your body is working twice as hard to digest the previous days food. Because you’re using so much more energy to do this, your body gives off signals of hunger.
TL/DR: Eat up to 3 hours before going to bed, don’t feel hungry the moment you wake up.
Less Weight = More Focus
This is my formula for success in the morning. I feel that I am at my physical and mental peak in the morning when I follow the steps above, and eat very little in the morning.
Will this work for you? It might! I urge you to try it out and see the difference it makes.
Is there a one-size-fits-all solution for better focus and productivity in the morning? Not at all. I am simply sharing with you what works for me, as it might work for you too!
Naturally, not all of us wake up at the exact same time every day. Some of us might work overnights every day. Some of us jump into manual labour jobs that require intense energy off the bat. Some of us sit in an office chair the moment we wake up.
Me? I wake up, figure out my day, start with something not so “brain heavy”, then sit and go to work on my laptop. I love it. It also means that I don’t need a massive fuelling breakfast. Therefore, this method works wonders for me.
The Week Long Experiment.
Every week for a month, try out different methods of breakfast portions. Keep in mind the lessons from above and track your results. Were you less productive with no breakfast? Where you more productive?
At the very least, I hope that this post shed some light on my work ethic and what might work for you too!
*Disclaimer: I am not a health professional, nor am I certified to give professional advice on health related matters. I am simply sharing the methods that work for me, as they might work for you too. Any questions or concerns on the matter should be directed to a health professional.*
Give it your best shot!
If all this health, food, and wellness talk really interests you, I urge you to check out my girlfriend’s blog, Whole on Life. She has an incredible passion towards this stuff.