Does what you eat for breakfast impact the rest of your day?
I started South Beach over six weeks ago and for that entire time, have chosen not to have grains or fruit in the mornings. (Well, for the first two weeks it was not “allowed” but the last four weeks have been by choice.) Recently I was asked why. The simple answer is that I am trying to do things differently than in my many past diets in hopes that this time will last forever. But more than that, I hoped that protein for breakfast would keep me feeling full longer and that avoiding grains and fruit would keep me from cravings later in the day.
Is it working for me? Yes and no.
I am doing pretty well at not having cravings. I have slowly added some grains and fruit back into my diet but am choosing to have them at night. That seems to help keep the craving monster at bay. In the past I added them back earlier in the day and found the number of grains I ate gradually increased. I think I am much better at limiting my servings if I eat grains later. Otherwise, I would choose to eat more of them and less of the veggies and protein I need.
I could happily eat cereal for breakfast every day of the week. And spent most of my life doing just that. And I don’t like eggs very much. So on my previous South Beach attempts I added steel cut oats back into my diet immediately (after the first two weeks)! But it seemed that once I added one grain I wanted more. So maybe it is a test of wills to not eat cereal of any kind yet. Or maybe it is a great dieting strategy. Or maybe it would make no difference at all. But I am not ready to find out just yet. Right now I am happily flexing my morning willpower muscle.
So is protein for breakfast keeping me full longer? Longer than pure carbs, I think. But some days it is just not long enough. I am still looking for the perfect morning meal to tide me over until lunch with no feelings of hunger. I don’t mind a morning snack, but I would like to see if I could live without it.
I would like to know just how much my morning meal impacts the rest of my day – energy levels, cravings, hunger. And does what I eat for breakfast have a direct impact on my weight loss (or lack thereof)?
What have you found? Does what you eat for breakfast make a difference for you? And if you have a non-egg breakfast that keeps you feeling full and satisfied for hours, I would really like to know about it!