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Clary wrote:One thing I noticed for me, is when I eat breakfast I seem to experience a desire to eat more food and more often throughout the entire day. It makes no sense to me, but it does seem to be a regular result
dlb wrote:Clary -
Here I am! Took me a while to get down to this section of the board.
For me breakfast is important for two reasons. I find that I more satisfied through out the day and I have more energy all day long.
Dr. McDougall does encourage breakfast for weight lose as evident in this quote:
At our live-in program we serve a hearty breakfast, as well as unrestricted portions of delicious foods for lunch and dinner, and encourage frequent eating with snacks provided all day long. People who eat frequently (graze) lose weight more effectively than those who eat less often (gorge).
If you want to read the whole thing it can be found here:
Not letting myself get to the point where I am very hungry has been key to me. When I do, then all logic goes out the window and I'm going to eat. Even if my choices are good (McD legal) I still will eat until I drop. I don't seem to have that full button that I've hear people talk about . So I do my best to keep away from the two extremes. Eating meals spaced through out the days does that for me.
When I was transitioning, I would have a smoothie for breakfast. My typical lunch would be a large salad. Then I would have starches in the late afternoon/evening. (I eat 4 times a day). I found that it was not enough to keep my energy levels up. I had to take a nap in the afternoon even after getting a good nights sleep. I added a starch to both meals and now I'm doing great.
I also do notice that I am more balanced emotionally now. Don't know if that has something to do with when I eat or just what I am eating.
But that's me. We are all different. What is good in general is not always the right thing for absolutely everyone. If you are doing fine with your schedule, I would stick with it. As they say -- don't fix what ain't broken .
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