Gender: Male Height: 6'1" Weight: 205 lbs. Workouts: 3-4 per week that include push ups, pull ups and kettle bell routines with 24kg and 16kg bells. I also play basketball 1-2 times per week, full court
GOAL: To see my abs for the first time.
My breakfast this morning consisted of 4 eggs scrambled with a small amount of cheddar cheese, 6 strips of pork bacon fried, some raw broccoli and cauliflower dipped in homemade garlic sauce, 1 slice of Dempster's Ancient grain bread with a small amount of butter and water to drink.
Is this too large of a breakfast? Since the goal is to lean and see abs, should I be counting calories more closely?
I generally eat 3-4 meals per day, but breakfast is my largest by far! If I can only get 3 in one day, then I usually have snacks of mixed nuts or cottage cheese or a piece of fruit. Aside from fruit, I do not eat any white flour or sugar and my last meal of the day is always carb free just raw veggies and meat.
Thanks for any help!
Frankly I lean up faster with a big breakfast, as it helps me control my appetite throughout the day. If I'm having a stall while rotating through my fasting, one-meal-a-day experiments, my resolution is to go "back to basics" which is to consume about half of my daily calories for breakfast (about 1000kcal), then eat the other half split fairly even between lunch and dinner... for which I also advocate lower carbs.
Now personally, I wouldn't advocate your breakfast (bread) for leaning up - instead of bread you could try something that isn't a grain. It doesn't have to be low carb (although this does help me personally to control binges and crashes), but bread is no good for anybody, and any body.
I would suggest something as follows (if you prefer/respond better to carbs):
Low carb, higher calorie breakfast (your same breakfast without the bread, add an extra egg or a couple large strawberries).
Medium/Moderate carb, medium/moderate calorie lunch (salad, meat, and a sweet potato).
Low carb, medium/moderate calorie dinner (meat and veggies).
I do not have food in the mornings, and my breakfast is around noon. I easily take in 2/5 to 1/2 of my daily calories in my first meal. I've been doing this for about 4 weeks, and I've finally started to inch past my personal weight plateau.
I'm definitely pro-big-breakfast. I also do a leangains inspired 16/8 IF.
Regardless of your opinions on fasting, most people do do well with high-protein, low carb first-meals-of-the-day. Every so often I meet someone that does well (i.e. is somewhat fit and healthy) with a heavier supper, but they tend to be rarer.
It's up to you, but honestly, I'd ditch the ancient grain bread. That's easily another egg, some bacon, or a bit of avocado you could be eating instead -- much more satiating!
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