30 min breakfast... after waking up or after getting up?
Ok... I know this is probably a dumb question but anyway... I usually put my alarm clock and it takes me around 30 min to actually get up. The best 30 min of my day by the way. Problem is that normally I'm always late for the 30 min range for breakfast... if you count that after waking up.
I have tried to look for the science behind the 30/1 hour limit, but I have no found compelling evidence if there is really a difference. After all, although I might wake up at 7.00 for example and get out of bed at 7.25 those 25 min i've also been on the realm of semi-sleep. So, what do you think?
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I saw Tim at an event and asked him this very question. He said within 30 minutes of waking- not rising. Since I am a stay in bed through 2 snooze cycles kinda gal, this was not the answer I had hoped for.
So, I start my morning as soon as I get up with a whey protein shake as soon as I roll out of bed before stumbling into shower.
I suspect that its just to make sure you eat food earlier, rather than waiting three hours until your stomach is grumbling. I don't *think* there is any fundamental metabolic difference that happens exactly 30 minutes after you wake up, but I do know that if I don't eat food right away, I'll usually end up just waiting until around noon to make breakfast... thus defeating the benefits of having a lot of protein early in the day.
Muscle is said to "burn fat". That is to say, muscles use up energy, even at rest, resulting in the break down of fat for energy. So, losing muscle is losing "fat-burning" potential. Bodybuilders use this same technique of protein intake (shakes, eggs, etc.) after waking to prevent catabolism, a state where the body is tearing down muscles to provide energy. This helps them preserve muscle mass and avoid losing any gains ("2 steps forward, 1 step back").
Don't worry about it. Many people when getting lean, do fasted cardio, some add some branched chain amino acids, maybe 10 grams to help make sure they don't lose muscle.
Well wake up, drive to gym, 60 minutes of 120 bpm cardio on the treadmill, everyone I know who successfully diets and gets in better shape knows to do this.
You can can eat after that, its past an hour and you'll still lose weight, probably 2x the fat than just dieting.
My own experience suggests that eating as soon as possible upon waking makes a difference.
I've found over the years (through various different diets) that eating upon waking stokes my 'metabolism' - giving me greater 'get-up-and-go' as well as a stronger appetite. This extra energy seems to become a habit, to the point that getting up from bed as soon as I wake is easy and effortless.
Its not at all the same if I let myself lie in bed meditating or lucid dreaming.
I don't have any good info on why this would be the case. My guess is that my body comes to associate waking with energy intake and therefore is more willing to get into and stay in a more active state.
I am right there with you. I can't imagine doing without those 30 minutes of drifting awake. When I force myself out of bed, I take 30 minutes to wake up, but I do it while knocking things over and breaking stuff. Seriously.
I've been toying with the idea of keeping a cup of dry protein powder and a bottle of water next to my bed, so I can just roll over, mix, shake, and drink without actually having to get up. In fact, I think I'll try that tonight.
Thanks for posting this question. I keep re-reading the book to try to find an explanation re the eating 30 min-1 hour from waking and haven't found the reasoning behind it yet. Part of what I love about Tim's way is his explanations and how he arrived at his conclusions. Understanding why I should do it one way and not an other really helps me get into it.
Can anyone explain why this guide line works? My guess is something to do with your body being in starvation mode and storing the energy in muscle cells rather than fat cells buy why 30 mins? Are you trying to get the food in there before your digestive system wakes up?
I should probably do a separate questions but it's along your lines.
I was wondering about this too- I'm sure it doesn't mean if you wake up in the middle of the night you need to eat (I've been experimenting with drinking loads of water to force myself to wake up @ 4 hours in for improved sleep)
What about those of us that actually go back to sleep when we snooze? I literally fall back asleep after hitting snooze and then when I do finally get up it's within minutes of waking.
This really confuses me, Tim also comments about Intermitten fasting, But he stresses eating within 30 minutes of waking! I guess I’m just gonna have to expiriment and see which method works best for me, I struggel with breakfast, I just don’t like eating it, I’m usually not hungry until lunch time…I have done a couple of days of IF and a few eating within 30 munute of GETTING OUT OF BED…I’m usually in bed 20 min. after I hit snooz.
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