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Old 01-22-2013, 04:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: Breakfast, the most important meal of the day? - Thoughts on this?

Originally Posted by Celtic Warrior View Post
A friend posted this from a training and nutrition blog (Craig's blog)

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day.
January 21, 2013

Breakfast the most important meal of the day, really? Where did this come from? Certainly no scientist because the studies I’ve seen do not reflect this at all, in fact quite the opposite. Carbohydrates especially are very damaging to your morning hormone release and yes even the so called “healthy cereals” like porridge, all bran and Special K to name but a few. Why?

Well breakfast is important, very important but not for the reasons usually spouted by so called experts. It’s more important to skip it completely. Depending what you eat or rather don’t eat could determine whether you burn fat for the rest of the day or not. The last thing you want is an insulin spike in the morning to really **** things up.

As you probably well know, insulin is the hormone responsible for building tissue which of course includes fat. So with that in mind, how could you possibly burn fat after a bowl of porridge which releases a long lasting insulin release.
Important to know also is cortisol, a catabolic hormone that peaks upon waking. Oh know, all my muscle will be chewed up by my own body leaving me looking like a crack hore. Wrong! Cortisol is responsible for muscle tissue breakdown and of course that is frightening but it is also responsible for the breaking down of triglycerides (fat) into free fatty acids. Eating carbs determines wether you burn carbs for energy or fat. I know which I want to be burning.

Insulin is very low in the morning but also very sensitive. A small amount could trigger an insulin release capable of shutting down fat burning. Cortisol is high in the morning and if uninterrupted will accelerate fat burning. If your daily protein needs are met and your sleep and stress levels are on point, cortisol will burn through fat like liposuction and leave that hard earned muscle alone.

Ghrelin is the next piece in the puzzle. Weird name I know, makes me think of gremlins. Also every time I write it my spell check changes it to gherkin. So if you see gherkin anywhere else in this article, presume its ghrelin. Anyway, gherkin is basically that growling noise in the morning from your stomach ‘the hunger hormone’. I used to run to the fridge every time my stomach growled because oh no, of course this means I’m catabolic and my body is canabolising itself. But no, ghrelin actually stimulates growth hormone and if uninterrupted will peak roughly two hours after waking. That can only be a good thing. If hunger does get the best of you, dont worry, coffee is a great appetite surpressant and also a potent accelerator of fat loss. Well, the chemicals in the coffee help surpress your appetite and the caffeine accelerates fat loss.

All this information can be found in the book ‘Carb Backloading 1.0′ by John Kiefer. Of course expect better explanations and all the proof, as the book has countless references to scientific studies. Also find out more at or

Arnold was actually Carbbackloading intuitively before the rest of us. Genius!
Thanks for posting.

I'm not sure about this post. It has been scientifically proven that the body enters a catabolic state during the night. Most people go around 10 hours without eating anything (9pm until 7am).

The deal is that without food your body begins dipping into your fat stores. This is good if you are trying to lose weight, but what if you are an athlete trying to grow and adapt to the stress you are putting your body through? You want to be in this state for as short a time as possible.

We all know that our bodies don't stop requiring nutrients and energy during the night, even though we don't usually provide it with either. This means that our bodies have to draw from it's own sources; in a sense we are fasting.

We're not even talking about our muscles not growing at this point — it's way worse than that — we're actually talking about our hard earned muscle being broken down.
I.e. Break Fast

Therefore, if you are an athlete or bodybuilder - breakfast is most certainly the most important meal of the day (in addition to your post workout meal/supplement).

Good article here that will explain a few things. It is a bodybuilding exercise, but my opinion is that the majority of what the author is saying applies to athletes. That said, I won't be setting my alarm to wake myself up at 1am and 4am to eat I'll just have a decent breakfast!
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