Welcome to my breakfast diet. A new wacky experiment of mine on My Weight Loss Dream!
I wanted to look at the relationship that we all have with breakfast. Nutritionists always bang on about it being the most important meal of the day and I wanted to see just how important it actually is!
Especially for weight loss, for example what if you ditched breakfast altogether? What if you swapped cereals? What if you had more protein in your breakfast? What if you had more fibre?
This experiment is also looking at if you changed your cereal and nothing else, could you lose weight? After all if your cereal was not filling you up enough then you’ll be more likely to snack and then crave sugar and fats to replace what you’ve missed.
I am also a breastfeeding mum, so this will be written from the point of view of someone that is burning at least 300 calories per day. So if you are following this I advise you burn a few extra too.
Interesting thought….and here goes!!!
Day 1 – Porridge
I eat porridge about 2-3 times a week if not more. It is the little porridge portions that you get from the supermarket and Dominic heats them up for me in the pan with some skimmed milk.
By 10am (because of a massive breastfeed this morning) I am already wanting some more. I hold off from snacking though to see how I feel later and before lunch at 12.20pm I head for the fruit bowl and have a banana.
For lunch we have cheese toasties with chips and mayonnaise – hardly healthy but really tasty. It was a case of running around with lots of work to do that we had forgotten to get some fresh chicken or salmon out of the freezer for lunch.
Dinner was also very much the same. Dominic had just got back from Iceland and had some fresh bacon and I couldn’t resist a bacon sandwich.
One thing I have noticed about today though, is that because my body is not used to excessive amounts of bread that it feels very bloated and I feel a little under the weather.
Day 2 – Boiled Eggs
Growing up this was one of my favourites and my mum would often make it for me on a Saturday or a Sunday morning. However as an adult it is something I rarely eat. Not because I don’t like it, because I do. But because Dominic is never that bothered for it and Kyle hates eggs, so it has never been top of the list.
However as eggs is a fantastic source of protein and protein fills us all up for longer I thought I better add it to my week of breakfasts…..and it was delicious. I had it with two slices of buttery toast and would probably work out a lot healthier minus the butter.
I am really impressed by how long it keeps me full for though and when I arrive at the restaurant for my birthday dinner I am surprised that I am not hungry yet. It has kept me happy and not hungry for four hours without any urges at all to snack.
Day 3 – The Fried English Breakfast
I know I am fat and British, but I don’t care to have a fry up all the time like so many of my fellow Brits. I just don’t get the obsession with it, my parents love it, my Grandparents used to like it, Dominic loves it, Kyle would have it everyday if it was on offer – but I would never mind if I never had one ever again.
I HATE mushrooms, I hate hash browns, I only eat the yolk on a fried egg, 1 remove the fat from the bacon and I could go on but I wont! On the other hand I love sausages, black pudding, tinned tomatoes and fried bread. But I would rather just have a sausage sandwich than full English.
My mum and dad used to have them all the time and I would complain until they made me a sausage sandwich or that I had loads of black pudding instead.
But this was the act of science so I had one and managed to escape the hash browns and mushrooms and had some lovely thin sausages that were not very fatty.
I had the breakfast and wondered how long before I would want something to eat again and as it turned out it was 6pm before I even thought about food. I then had a couple of slices of toast and some chocolate cake with custard.
On the positive side I went a long time without wanting anything to eat. It left me full for a lot longer, but on a negative point, I then went on to crave a lot of rubbish and ended up making a super fattening cake with custard.
Really not good for weight loss!!!
It would be interesting though, if you made a low calorie version of the fry up and how little you would then require for the rest of the day.
Day 4 – Skipping Breakfast
As part of this breakfast feature I felt that it was important to examine the way that we skip breakfast. My mother does it, I sometimes do it and we are all told not to.
The reason we are told not to is that our body needs a lot of energy at the beginning of the day and by skipping breakfast you then snack a lot more, eat more and that people that are fat are more likely to be those that don’t have breakfast.
Lunch = salmon and vegetables with chips and I am wondering if I can last that long?
Well I make it there on time….and we have lunch at 1.30pm and it tastes delicious. When it feels like you’ve waited ages for food you tend to eat it faster and enjoy it more.
I am just wondering how my body is going to cope when it wants to replace what it lost at breakfast time.
I spend most of the day with sugar cravings because I want to replace what I have lost, then come 5.45pm I just can’t wait for my dinner so I end up snacking on some toast. Then at just after 6.15pm we have our evening meal of butternut and leek soup (get the recipe here) with cheese salad sandwiches.
By the end of the day my chocolate supplies have gone over 200 calories (compared to my usual 100) and I am shocked by how missing breakfast has affected my body. Prior to being pregnant with Sofia I would often miss breakfast and I can now see how you can end up gaining weight by doing so.
Day 5 – Toast
Now this was the day I was looking forward to the most as I have always found that toast is such an easy breakfast and that it tastes rather nice too.
I opt for toast (no butter) on wholemeal bread with some soft cheese on top and it is absolutely delicious!
I also opt for it after returning home after a long walk around the park and it is a perfect snack before I start work.
This was also my snack yesterday; thanks to skipping breakfast so it will be interesting to see how full I am and how long I last!
For lunch we have chicken kievs with new potatoes and butternut squash mash and it is lovely. I don’t feel the need for a super size portion, which is good for my waistline.
In the evening though things are a different story – I just want to eat everything and maybe that is my fault for not having my supper until just before 8pm. But with a baby to bath first it doesn’t take priority.
I end up having some extra chocolate and some cheese and find that I want to snack a lot more than usual.
Day 6 – Beans On Toast
I love toast for breakfast and wanted to see what the difference was according to fullness when comparing a bit of cheese spread and something filling like beans. I have two slices of wholemeal bread with a little butter (couldn’t turn it down this morning) and half a can of beans and a little cheese.
I find baked beans (or any beans for that matter) incredibly boring and it’s the last thing that I want to eat. But it’s high in fibre and very filling, so it will be interesting to see how long I feel satisfied for.
Come 12noon I am absolutely starving and end up having a slice of wholemeal bread dipped into my half cooked casserole and a couple of squares of dark chocolate. I am rather surprised as I thought that beans on toast would keep the hunger away but I am wrong!
Maybe it is the fact that I am breastfeeding and exercising that is making me reach for everything. But on days I exercise and have something filling like porridge I also feel like this!
We have fish casserole for lunch with new potatoes, white fish and lots of vegetables and it keeps me going until about 5pm. Out of all the days (so far) this breakfast has left me with the biggest snacking urges and I feel deprived.
In the evening we have a couple of fishcakes with some new potatoes and I end up snacking on chocolate and getting huge chocolate cravings that I end up making some homemade chocolate biscuits. And I can’t believe that today nearly hits 2000 calories!!!!
Day 7 – Rice Krispies
I am not a fan of these but I wanted to test drive a cereal that is known for helping with weight loss and then one that is associated with what kids have for breakfast. Therefore its rice krispies for me today!
I really don’t like them and have to force myself to eat them. I have them at 7.50am and by 8.50am I have terrible sugar cravings. I end up opting for some sweets that Dominic has bought me from the pick and mix from the supermarket and they taste great. Though, I shouldn’t have eaten that many of them!!!!
For lunch we have a sandwich as we are out and about and rushing so it was the only thing we could do in a rush.
This also leads to me snacking on sweets as I am bored and hungry and they just seem so tasty!
For dinner we have courgette fritters and chips. Kyle (our 13 year old boy) has digged out his old recipe book and wants to make dinner. He is rather messy (like most teenagers) so it is strictly under our supervision!
Day 8 – Bran Flakes
Today is bran flakes day. I also have toothache from all those sweets yesterday so eating bran flakes is a hard task in itself. I also have it with a banana as in my mind it is the only way in the world that bran flakes actually taste nice!
Even though I hate bran flakes (is there anyone that truly likes them?) they do keep me full for ages and not once today do I have the urge to snack. It’s like that part of my brain has stopped working!
I have some chocolate in the evening (I always snack in an evening on dark chocolate) and apart from that just have a typical three meal day!
I work out that today is just over 1300 calories and considering I had a big jacket potato for lunch and hotdogs and bread in the evening this isn’t bad at all.
Well what can I say I like to gain at the moment!!!! And this week its 0.4 on and this works out at another pound back on! I don’t mind too much though because for what I have experimented with this week, along with the mountain of sweets I got through its not bad at all.
I also wanted to share with you what I felt worked best and worst for me. Therefore I have put them in the order of best to worst.
So here goes:
- Bran Flakes
- Boiled Eggs
- English Breakfast
- Beans On Toast
- Rice Krispies
- No Breakfast
You’ll be surprised to see that the super fattening English Breakfast is half way up the list and this is because it did what I expected and that was to fill me up right to the top. It resulted in me just having one snack and no other meals. On the other hand, the idea of having it regularly with all that fat is really not good! Plus I am not a big fan of it in my diet.
Even though I am not that keen on it, I would love to have bran flakes regularly as it is great for filling you up.
On another note, you look at the boiled eggs and they are so small but as protein goes so filling. If you are looking for something to fill you up and like to eat a lot maybe try to some bran flakes with some boiled eggs on the side and see how it goes???
I have really enjoyed this experiment as it has made me a lot more aware when it comes to food and what we all should be consuming at breakfast time.