Is it cool to eat a large breakfast?

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    Jan 14, 2013 7:15 PM GMT
    I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but, can it also be the biggest meal of the day?

    As long as your calories, proteins, etc. are dispersed throughout the day to maintain your goals, is it counterproductive to get many of them after waking up?

    This morning for breakfast:

    2 egg scramble with 1 cup spinach, ground turkey, 1/2 avocado, onions, garlic, mushrooms
    1 bowl (1 1/2 cups) of almond flax cereal and coconut milk

    I am currently doing the 12 week muscle building regimen which I think is pretty intense, but, does require a lot of carbs and protein to get the goals I want- to gain 10 lbs. of muscle, mostly on my upper body.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 14, 2013 8:02 PM GMT
    Your breakfast sounds awesome. All I had this morning was five eggs, scrambled with a can of black beans and a can of diced tomatoes, and some pepper. Lol, it wasn't bad, for what it was.

    The bigger, the better, I think.
  • Puppymuncher

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    Jan 14, 2013 11:50 PM GMT
    Yeah, I heard from this health freak friend of mine that breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day. She eats like 10 mini meals a day.

    Damn you all for making me feel so scrawny! I had a bowl of oatmeal with flaxseed for breakfast.
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    Jan 15, 2013 1:17 AM GMT
    yes....EAT!
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    Jan 16, 2013 8:33 PM GMT
    absolutely, it sounds good... you should eat the most of your calories early in the day.
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    Jan 16, 2013 8:43 PM GMT
    Yeah, I've been having big breakfasts for a year or so now, and smaller suppers. It seems to work better with my energy levels. But it does take a bit of extra prep time in the morning. I'm getting pretty efficient at it though.

    The old farm custom was to have a quick snack when you roll out of bed. Then go do morning chores and get the blood pumping while the cook (or Grandma) was making a huge breakfast. You'd have this big meal around 8 or 9. Then go out to the fields. I still sort of do this, especially during harvest season when things have to get started around 0400. When the orchard is under control (more or less) I'll go back to the house for a sit-down breakfast.
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    Jan 16, 2013 8:45 PM GMT
    But its really hard to eat big breakfast. I really don't have any appetite so early in the morning. At what time do you guys take your first breakfast?
    I normally do around 7:30 AM. I wake up around 7 AM.
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    Jan 17, 2013 1:57 AM GMT
    Shagglot saidBut its really hard to eat big breakfast. I really don't have any appetite so early in the morning. At what time do you guys take your first breakfast?
    I normally do around 7:30 AM. I wake up around 7 AM.


    I have a huge omlette stuffed with cheese, veggies, tons of lean ham, and avocado every morning around 7:30. i also pair it with either a slice of bread or, preferably, a breakfast pastry like a cinnamon roll or bear claw.

    But thats just me.
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    Jan 17, 2013 1:58 AM GMT
    Wow, all I eat is a protein bar for breakfast. Sometimes I will make bacon.
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    Jan 17, 2013 1:58 AM GMT
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    Jan 17, 2013 2:00 AM GMT
    RadRTT saidWow, all I eat is a protein bar for breakfast. Sometimes I will make bacon.


    I used to eat 3 scrambled eggs with 3 extra thick slices of bacon every day for breakfast but my doctor somehow convinced me that it was bad for me so I stopped.
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    Jan 17, 2013 2:04 AM GMT
    I got into the habit of eating a larger breakfast because I used to work out between breakfast and lunch. I tend to eat the least for dinner, although I make sure I eat enough not to wake up in the middle of the night hungry.
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:32 AM GMT
    RadRTT saidWow, all I eat is a protein bar for breakfast. Sometimes I will make bacon.
    And this is why you're 205 lbs @ 5'11".

    Eet Moar Brekfust.

    Your body depends on it for energy throughout the rest of the day.

    Your body thinks it's starving. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:34 AM GMT
    All I get in is a protein shake that I drink on the way into work and then a small snack mid-morning. I'm far too lazy to make something big in the morning.
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    Just because of the timing, I usually eggs and oatmeal for breakfast but have a huge lunch that keeps me going until my snack right before the gym. My dinner is usually a protein shake followed by a small dinner about an hour later
  • ryno

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    Jan 18, 2013 3:39 AM GMT
    If eating a large breakfast is cool consider me Miles Davis.
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:41 AM GMT
    That's as awesome breakfast! Your body is deprived from nutrients for the duration you're asleep. You need to kick start your metabolism and calorie intake for the day.

    To gain that 10 lbs of muscle, you're going to need to eat a lot. A lot of the right foods. I'm excited for your progress!
  • Medjai

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    Jan 18, 2013 3:43 AM GMT
    You'll be hard pressed to find someone who recommends against a big breakfast for any valid reason.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 18, 2013 3:48 AM GMT
    Medjai saidYou'll be hard pressed to find someone who recommends against a big breakfast for any valid reason.


    That reminds me of an old Kate Moss quote. During an interview she was asked what a model has for breakfast, and she replied, "orange juice and a cigarette."
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:51 AM GMT
    It also varies culturally. I think most Asian countries tend to emphasize full breakfasts (at least Japan and Korea do), although many people have taken to Western breakfasts over the years.

    Breakfast isn't too impressive in Spain and other Western European countries. A lot of times breakfast just consists of toast, a pastry, yogurt, fruit, a small sandwich, or just coffee. Lunch tends to be the biggest meal instead.
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:52 AM GMT
    I eat 1-2 screambled eggs and bowl of delicious cream of wheat.
  • LJay

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    Jan 18, 2013 3:53 AM GMT
    Saith the Wise:

    Breakfast like a king.
    Lunch like a prince.
    Dinner like a pauper.



    These days, a big breakfast at a good restaurant is like feasting for me. Hellishly cheaper that dinner out, but also a really nice way to relax and wake up at the same time.

    Restaurant MUST pass the coffee test. A well-tended bar is preferred.
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    Jan 18, 2013 4:40 AM GMT
    Medjai saidYou'll be hard pressed to find someone who recommends against a big breakfast for any valid reason.


    Leangains/intermittent fasting. I did it for a while quite successfully. It works.
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    Jan 18, 2013 8:54 AM GMT

    scrambled please!

  • LJay

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    Jan 18, 2013 8:55 AM GMT
    showme said
    Medjai saidYou'll be hard pressed to find someone who recommends against a big breakfast for any valid reason.


    Leangains/intermittent fasting. I did it for a while quite successfully. It works.


    Butcha can't do that if you are a sicko diabetic. Then what?