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Is it okay to wait an hour before eating the first meal of the day?
When I get up in the morning, I know that I should eat as soon as possible to stop the catabolic processes of the body and instead supply new nutrients from food instead. That's why a lot of people will eat every 2-3 hours and some cottage cheese right before bed, since it's a slow digesting protein and will supply nutrients through parts of the night etc etc.

However, I find it incredibly difficult to eat right after getting up because I am just not hungry. My first meal of the day therefore usually is a shakeology-type green smoothie. When I try to have it right after getting up, I feel like vomiting. On the contrary, if I wait an hour, and have a cup of black coffee first, i absolutely love drinking it! I can still fit 6 meals in my day, 2-3 hours apart, complete with 35g of protein each, and get 8 hours of sleep. So, I am wondering what you guys think if waiting that one whole hour before the first meal will negatively affect my goals and cause my body to "eat" its own muscle for aminos. Thanks!!!
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Hi Snucky, Another thing that really helps to jump start your metabolism is to start your day off with a tall glass of COLD water. Your body will need to warm up and will need energy to do that so it revs up the metabolism in order to raise your body temperature.

Eating protein for breakfast also helps to boost up your metabolism because it takes more energy to process protein than it does to process carbohydrates. So instead of taking Shakeology take a scoop of whey protein in the COLD water and you double your efforts!!!

Coach Alberto
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snucky:
When I get up in the morning, I know that I should eat as soon as possible to stop the catabolic processes of the body and instead supply new nutrients from food instead. That's why a lot of people will eat every 2-3 hours and some cottage cheese right before bed, since it's a slow digesting protein and will supply nutrients through parts of the night etc etc.

However, I find it incredibly difficult to eat right after getting up because I am just not hungry. My first meal of the day therefore usually is a shakeology-type green smoothie. When I try to have it right after getting up, I feel like vomiting. On the contrary, if I wait an hour, and have a cup of black coffee first, i absolutely love drinking it! I can still fit 6 meals in my day, 2-3 hours apart, complete with 35g of protein each, and get 8 hours of sleep. So, I am wondering what you guys think if waiting that one whole hour before the first meal will negatively affect my goals and cause my body to "eat" its own muscle for aminos. Thanks!!!


There is absolutely no reason--metabolic, catabolic, or otherwise--that requires you to eat first thing in the morning.

Sleep is not catabolic, in fact, you produce more growth hormone during sleep than at any other time. The body doesn't just up and "eat" muscle for amino acids...providing, of course, that you eat enough food (and protein) during the day. There are many studies that corroborate this:

Meal Frequency and Energy Balance

Key statement: A detailed review of the possible mechanistic explanations for a metabolic advantage of nibbling meal patterns failed to reveal significant benefits in respect of energy expenditure

A controlled trial of reduced meal frequency without caloric restriction

Key statement: when consuming 1 meal/d, subjects had a significant increase in hunger; a significant modification of body composition, including reductions in fat mass; significant increases in blood pressure and in total, LDL-, and HDL-cholesterol concentrations; and a significant decrease in concentrations of cortisol

Effects of eating breakfast compared with skipping breakfast

Key statement: on the day when the subjects did not eat breakfast, they consumed 362 fewer calories over the course of the day than when they did eat breakfast

Big thing to understand here is this: eat when you are hungry. Don't worry about meal timing, meal frequency, or any of that minutiae, as these things provide, at most only marginal effectiveness. Just eat clean, whole foods when you feel most comfortable doing so and you'll be fine.

Hope that helps.
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thanks thebandit - excellent post!!
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