I'm sure the answer will be "it depends, or it's individual", but:
Should I aim to have a sufficiently fatty protein breakfast (like 1/2 baby back ribs with butter) so I could maybe skip snacking & lunch?
From an hours without insulin perspective, it seems like breakfast would be a logical meal to try and skip but I know that if I don't eat a big hearty breakfast, I'm starving and not performing well all day.
So, as a plan-b, should I try and skip breakfast? Is having too many calories for breakfast a bad thing since I've read your body can only pretty much handle 500-600 calories at a time. (Is that really true? )
Hey Mike, I don't know where you read/heard that the body can only process x amount of calories at a time, but it's complete horsecrap.
If you wake up hungry and want to eat a big breakie, go broke with it. On the weekends (and most days, as of late) I slam big breakfasts and usually end up completely skipping lunch, instead merging lunch with dinner at 5-6pm.
My typical breakfast is as follows: 3 pastured eggs fried in kerrygold 4-5 strips of thick-cut nitrate/sugar-free bacon 1 tomato and/or avocado and my guilty pleasure, about 16oz or so of french-pressed coffee. On the weekends I might also have one or two little sausages along with. I also lift very heavy for about 2 hours on saturday, so Sunday I might even throw in (gasp) two scoops of unflavored whey to bump up my protein. Not paleo - not caring.
This breakfast keeps me going well through the day. The problem with the concept of eating smaller meals to control hunter really has more to do with someone eating foods that burn off quickly, i.e. simple carbs. Fats, by themselves, tend to burn at a much more measured rate metabolically and in the absence of sugars, will stave off hunger much longer than say, rice, oatmeal, or bread.
If you are hungry at breakfast time, eat at breakfast time but don't go forcing food down if your belly isn't really interested. Eating when not hungry is a great way to gain weight.
I can go for a few hours without breakfast and I feel better for it. My head feels much clearer in the morning and my belly is happier without a load of food first thing. Since doing this, I have lost body fat, which was not my actual intetion because my bodyfat is usually about 11% anyway. I just wanted to feel more alert but I have definitely lost a little fat too.
Btw all of my meals are high fat and vlc and they were also high fat and vlc when I used to have an early breakast.
WHy don't you just try to eat 3 normal sized meals? Or many smaller ones. Sumo wresters, in an attempt to put on as much fat as possible, will restrict themselves to one giant meal per day.
I've found eating lightly during the day(an egg and kale for breakfast,salad with avocado for lunch,with two small serving of fruits or veggies in between), then my big meal at night,helps keep more more focused during the day.Eating too much early seems to be hard on my body and makes me tired.Everyone is different though, you have to experiment.
Depends. IF/Leangains (etc) would recommend skipping breakfast to extend your fast, ie. fat burning. On the other hand, Dr. Jack Kruse suggests eating a large protein breakfast within 30 minutes of waking, to reset your leptin. I think both are plausible; I just happen to follow the Warrior Diet approach most days (skipping breakfast and lunch, then a large dinner, to take advantage of the supposed hormonal benefits), and eat more freely on weekends.
A huge breakfast works for me. Upwards of 1000+ calories at breakfast. About 1 cup worth of of sweet potato hash pan fried in lard and seasoned, 3 eggs fried in butter, and ground pork or sausage or bacon.
During the week I eat this breakfast and also eat lunch and snack throughout the day. On the weekend I eat this breakfast, and usually skip lunch and tend not to eat until dinner around 8pm at night.
Works for me :-)