I usually do not eat anything as soon as I wake up (have been like this for years). I tend to actually feel hungry around 11am then I will eat. My 14 year old son has breakfast every morning but on the weekends he will naturally not eat when he wakes up and will eat around noon. I think breakfast is a conditioned response in our society. I believe one should not eat unless one is truly hungry. Granted given our hectic, modern lifestyles this can be problematic. I think one important aspect of paleo (I think of it more as just a Human diet) is listening to one's body (if one is not metabolically deranged) and eating when hungry not because society says it's time to eat. Eating when one is not hungry can definitely mess with our bodies natural feedback mechanisms.
Of course a lot of people never experience true 'hunger' because if we even think we may be hungry we have easy access to a multitude of foods 24/7.
I'm never hungry in the morning. I'm most productive from 7-11 AM. If I eat breakfast, even a smaller paleo breakfast, I feel distracted and can't focus as well.
But I know many people who can't function without AM food.
Hunger is often what gets me out of bed in the morning. I wake up hungry. I could certainly wait until 11am to eat, or wait until the next day for that matter if really necessary. But I am hungry upon rising and ready for a full meal. I can usually skip lunch or have a light lunch if I have a decent breakfast.
Breakfast makes sense in light of our societal patterns. You gotta get up and be at work until 12/1 so it's like may as well have some food before you go in so you don't get hungry. That's about it I think.
Also, what's always ignored is the timing of dinner. If you eat sinner right before bed, which is common in Europe and Japan, then by breakfast time you may still be fine from that last fueling. Happens to be what we do.
So yes I would say it's simply a pattern that we've developed because of society's general schedule. Nothing intrinsic about it.
when i was still eating grains, i woke up hungry. i had the same appetite pattern as you describe shortly after giving up my GO-Lean and blueberries.
about a week ago i started eating breakfast again; 50 grams of protein, and the first 4 days or so were a struggle. i assumed it was down to the sheer quantity of food, but i noticed in the last few days that i am able to eat without any trouble what so ever, so you may be right about conditioning. at least in my case.
I used to be ravenous each morning, I'd eat because it was "so important" to start the day! Now, like you I get somewhat hungry at about 11 - and make my "main" meal - generally eating at about 12 -- I follow the lead of my hunger - right or wrong! Often I'll take my "power walk" - instead of b-fast - work up an appetite, still don't usually eat before 11 - I eat twice a day as a rule - w a snack of avocado or tsp of almond butter for suppression of hunger - if any - or just as an exciting snack! Actually a friend stayed over for the night - and ordered b-fast in! I apologized for not being considerate - I honestly didn't think about food until 11 - and even mentioned how I never think about food until then any more (of course she ordered french toast!) - everyone notices the miraculous change in me, but are TOTALLY unwilling to follow suit once they learn what I abstain from! I tell them it isn't difficult at all! No one believes me - my daughter (who lives with me) Won't think of the diet - and her mother died of breast cancer - my daughter though not obese, could lose 25+ - to get "ideal" - I worry about her genetic history!!
If the OBESE of America could look at food as fuel/energy instead of pleasure and masking hidden issues, our health would be in such a better place. I have noticed since beginning a fasting protocol that I could go days without food. I am constantly telling myself to only eat when my body tells me and towards the end of the day I have to remind myself to eat.
In general, I have never been hungry in the morning. Luckily, I had a mother who didn't force food down my throat, so I have almost always skipped breakfast. On my days off it is not unusual for me to not eat anything till 5 or 6pm. Of course, I am a solid night owl who sleeps until 11am on my days off, so that may be part of the late launch thing going on there.
I've been reading recently about an austrian study on obese policemen. They were put on a calorie restricted diet (1700cal). Group A was told to eat normally, consuming carbs throughout the day and staying away from carbs later in the day. Group B was told to reduce carbs throughout the day and consume the majority of their carbs at dinner. The group consuming the larger dinner with more carbs experienced significant improvements in body composition as well as cholesterol levels. Something about how our leptin sensitivity and satiety are highest at night. Since trying this type of regimen I've noticed extreme loss of appetite throughout the day. Very manageable and by the time dinner rolls around I'm quite hungry. If you think about it, the few grams of BF we could possibly store at night will then be burned off once we run out of dietary fat/caloroies. This concept is interesting and when you think about our ancestors, do you think they feasted at night after making the big kill? I bet indeed they did. Hey when I eat dinner at 8pm and won't have breakfast until 8am, I think I'll need some of my daily 2000 calories for those 12 hours. Definitely something worth trying.
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