So you ate breakfast and 2 hours later you are hungry again. Does this happen to you?
As many of you already know, I had a large weight loss clinic in the late 1990’s and also helped a few hundred professional UFC fighters, boxers and wrestlers make weight for events between 2006 and 2012.
I always had a lot of questions about eating multiple meals per day or eating fewer meals per day. The biggest question revolved around eating breakfast.
Should I eat it? Should I skip it? Will not eating it hurt me or help me?
Short Answer: It is not important to eat breakfast.
Interesting Point #1: Most of my successful weight loss clients chose not to eat breakfast.
Does eating breakfast actually make you hungrier?
Answer: Yes, many people feel that eating breakfast makes them hungrier throughout the day compared to when they skip breakfast.
Science behind eating breakfast:
Your adrenal glands secrete a hormone called cortisol, which increases in the morning right before you wake up. Cortisol gets you up and gets you going. High cortisol levels are also related to higher insulin levels. So, when cortisol levels are high, insulin levels tend to be high.
When you eat, your insulin levels go up, which means blood sugar goes down from the increased insulin levels. As blood sugar goes down, hunger increases. This whole process of high insulin accompanied by a rapid decrease in blood sugar levels is most pronounced in the morning after eating.
Later in the day, cortisol levels are lower, which means insulin levels are lower. Eating during this time would cause less hunger than eating when cortisol and insulin levels are higher (in the morning).
Another note: lack of sleep also causes high cortisol, which makes you hungry.
For many people, not eating in the morning is a great way to decrease hunger making it easier to stick with a long-term weight loss and weight management program.
However, If you are one of those people that really feel like that must eat in the morning, I suggest reading this article and applying these strategies (click here).