In “Nutrition for Newbies” you say that the insulin spike from breakfast will help halt the catabolic state brought on by 8 or more hours of fasting. For heartburn reasons I don’t like to eat a couple hours prior to bed and because of appetite reasons I don’t (sometimes can’t) eat breakfast until being out of bed for 2-3 hours. So add all that up and I’m fasting for over 12 hours. Could/Should I add 4 hours or so onto the fast if I want to get leaner and feel better?
In “The Best Damn Diet for Natural Lifters” every meal plan you suggest has Breakfast listed, even on days when you don’t have time to eat before working out. As a natural lifter, if I want to follow your “Training Early Morning (No Time For Breakfast)” option, how long can I wait before starting my workout therefore delaying breakfast (basically question #1 from OP)?
In “The Carb Cycling Codex” you basically answer both of my questions from above but from a carb cycling approach, which I have tried and not had success with in the past. You specify that “Meal 1” should be ingested “upon waking up.” Does this only hold true during a carb cycle?
Lastly, In “5 Ways to Screw Up Intermittent Fasting” you detail skipping breakfast as a major mistake, calling it “the most common habit of overweight people.” I understand that you are making the point that sleeping is not the same as fasting. While I agree that sleeping may not be fasting, it is nevertheless “foodless” hours of the day. If you advocate eating breakfast AND not counting sleeping as fasting time, that leaves the middle of the day as fasting time. But if you eat breakfast and you need to presumably eat again later in the day, isn’t the whole point “don’t snack throughout the day?”
Sorry to bombard you with text, I am just confused. I understand that you never actually made it a commandment that one must eat breakfast, but you certainly make strong points for eating breakfast. I am just trying to understand where this leaves me if I cannot eat breakfast.