Is there a magic number in terms of caloric intake to jumpstart the old metabolism in the morning? Is there a ballpark figure?
I know that you should eat protien and fiber, but I am not as concerned about the mix/type of foods as I am about the quantity.
I am currently ingesting about 200 calories plus a large coffee with very little cream and very little or no sugar. I afraid that this might not be enough. I am not allowed to workout right now (medical reasons), so I am trying to at least maintain weight (unsuccessfully I might add, lack of fork control for sure).
keep protein high and you will be ok.
i eat only protein for breakfast, no fats, no carbs.
i add a high protein drink to my morning mocha, many have a breakfast high in protein with some fiber and complex carbs along with fat, really depends on your goals. since you are not building muscle, lose the simple carbs and fat and stick to higher protein, complex carbs and healthy fats.
having a base of protein and fiber always makes me feel best for the rest of the day. I'll add in other carbs and more fat as needed, but i always have that base of protein, fiber and usually some fat. That just gives a nice kind of slow burn energy source that i just have to add to throughout the day.
Any thoughts on the quantity?
depends on calorie deficit, if you have one.
too many variables.
right need to know body type, age, height weight, exercise level, et al
Ok, I thought maybe there was a base number or suggested starting point.
26 yrs old
Fairly athletic build, but I would guess I am starting to push 15% body fat lately and that fact is killing me...
Exercise was 5-6 days a week (weights, running, cycling, some soccer) before May, now I only to physical therapy 3 times a week for an hour or so...hardly a workout.
Since I have been gaining a little weight, I don't really have a calorie deficit. I have been working on that, but dinner always kills me. Or, if I have an appropriate dinner, I will kill it with snacking before bed. That is something I always struggled with, but never had a problem because I was very active. I need to work that out on my own. Since breakfast was never a big deal for me, I have gotten into the habit of only drinking coffee. I am now trying to eat a better breakfast, but am concerned about eating too much and making it harder to hit that coveted calorie deficit.