On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, we answer a viewer question who asked for our thoughts on eating a high carbohydrate vs high fat and protein breakfast.
This was an older question from #AskLiveLeanTV Ep. 008.
msexton1227 on Snapchat asks: What’s your opinion on eating oatmeal for breakfast? I’ve heard some people mix in Greek yogurt and almond milk with oatmeal. I know you guys mostly eat a high fat and protein breakfast. Do you ever eat a high carbohydrate breakfast?
If you’re asking if I have ever consistently eaten a high carbohydrate breakfast, the answer would be yes.
When I was growing up, I totally did.
I used to put down 4 pieces of toast and jam every morning when I was in junior high and high school.
Here’s why I used to eat this much toast.
The toaster we had at home had 4 slots in it.
So here’s how the mind of a teenager works.
I thought, ok that’s 4 slots in the toaster, so that must mean 4 pieces of bread equals a serving size.
It also wasn’t like I was putting a high quality, healthy nut butter on the toast.
I would add jam on top of the 4 pieces of white bread.
It was as if I was eating almost a half a loaf of bread every morning.
My parents were good at not allowing us to buy unhealthy cereal, such as Fruit Loops and Frosted Flakes.
We always had to buy “somewhat healthier” cereal, such as Corn Flakes, Shredded Wheat, and Raisin Bran.
Fun fact, Raisin Bran is still my favorite cereal today.
I don’t think I’ve ever consistently eaten oatmeal specifically for breakfast.
Since I started Living Lean, my typical morning meal has always been eggs.
Then, in the early days, my second meal would be oatmeal.
Here’s how my mornings used to be structured.
I would train clients at 6:00am in the morning.
But before that, I’d get up and make a full meal to fill myself up.
Then when I got home after training clients, I would eat my bowl of oatmeal.
So during my Live Lean journey, I don’t think I ever had a high carbohydrate breakfast.
I find a high carbohydrate breakfast increases my hunger throughout the day, and makes me feel sluggish, since my energy levels aren’t sustained.
I’ve mentioned this so many times before, but consistently eating a high fat and protein breakfast was an absolute game changer for me and my energy levels.
However, a high fat and protein breakfast works for me, but Jessica seems to be different.
Jessica feels differently about having a high carbohydrate breakfast.
Personally, she actually likes carbohydrates first thing in the morning, for her body.
If you watched her What I Eat In A Day video, you’ll see that almost every morning, she’ll start the morning with at least a 1/4 cup of oats or cereal.
However, I wouldn’t consider this a super high carbohydrate breakfast.
Even though it’s mostly carbohydrates, it’s just a small portion size, so it’s not like a carb blowout.
But that just works for me.
The only way to find out what will work best for you is to experiment with both, then see what kind of results you get.
I talked about intermittent fasting in my post titled, Does Intermittent Fasting Work For Muscle Building?
Depending on what you classify as breakfast, lately I’ve gotten away from eating what most people would consider “breakfast”.
I don’t typically have my first meal until around 10am.
However, most people think of breakfast as something that you eat as soon as you wake up, at 6 or 7am.
Even if your first meal is at noon, technically this is still considered breakfast, as it’s breaking your fast.
This will keep me full until I eat my first full meal around 10am.
Although I don’t recommend a high carbohydrate breakfast for many people, it’s doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong for everyone.
To each their own.
You have to try different ways, experiment, and see what works for you.
If you’re ready to switch to a high fat and protein breakfast, go checkout this best breakfast recipe for weight loss.
It’s pretty much an interation of ingredients that I eat every single day.
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