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This Is Why You're Never Hungry When You Wake Up In The Morning

We're sure you've heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

But oftentimes as you're rushing out the door, breakfast is the last thing on your mind — and it's not just because you're in danger of missing your morning meeting.

The truth is, you're just not hungry. Actually, you're kind of nauseous.

And after eight or more hours without eating, this doesn't exactly make sense. During the day you can barely go three hours!

So, what's the deal?

We consulted nutrition experts Michelle Blum, Lisa Hayim and Bridget Bennett to find out.

Your metabolism has no idea what's going on.

As nutritionist Michelle Blum explains it, our metabolisms enter an entirely different mode when we sleep — they kind of hit the “snooze” button.

She tells Elite Daily,

Your metabolism works much like a fireplace, if you keep throwing sticks on a fire (food), it will burn strong. If you do not add fuel to the fire, it will go out. This is what happens when we sleep, which is fine because we don't expend much energy when we sleep either.

When we wake up, though, often our metabolisms don't get the message that it's go-time.

Breakfast is so important because it kick-starts our metabolism and curbs our appetite throughout the day.

So try to eat a nutritious breakfast within a few hours of waking up.


You ate too much before bed.

The jury's still out on just how bad eating late at night is for you, but experts do say a heavy meal before bed disrupts sleep because the body is working hard to digest it.

Another reason to skip your midnight snack? It could be responsible for your lack of appetite in the morning.

Blum notes this could have to do with leftover stomach acid, and Hayim adds if you ate a big meal around midnight and wake up at 6 or 7 am, it makes sense you wouldn't be hungry yet.

She explains,

Your body would just be finishing up digestion, and your hunger cues wouldn't have kicked in yet.

We all love a good late-night fridge dive, but do yourself a favor and try to cut it off a few hours before bedtime.


Hormones, hormones, hormones.

Like many of the weird things that go on in our bodies, hormones have a lot to do with lack of appetite and morning nausea.

Nutritionist Bridget Bennett explains,

The body secretes several different hormones prior to waking up to help the body get up and moving after (hopefully) a night's rest.

Besides giving you a burst of energy, these hormones raise blood sugar, which is necessary after ‘fasting' overnight. This hormonal surge may be one culprit for mild nausea in the morning.

She adds,

Additionally, an empty stomach can trigger nausea when it secretes acid in anticipation of eating.

The acid influx may cause discomfort and mild nausea, so it's a sign from the body to get some food in there for the acid to work on!

Damn those hormones (and stomach acid, apparently).


So, what can you do?

Although eating mindfully is always a good idea and you generally shouldn't eat when you aren't hungry, the morning may be an exception.

Hayim recommends starting small. She tells Elite Daily,

Start with a snack that will be easy to digest like a piece of fruit or handful of nuts. It will start your metabolism, and you will feel hungry for breakfast in about an hour or so.

Hayim, on the other hand, recommends simply drinking water.

When I wake up, I make sure to drink at least 8-16 ounces of warm water (either plain or in tea) I find that this helps wake my digestive system up. Like clockwork, just 15 minutes after my water or tea I am ready for breakfast. If that fails, a quick 15 minute walk usually does the trick.

Yep. It's finally making sense.

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Leigh is obsessed with all things health, fitness and wellness. When she's not writing about healthy ways to cook with pumpkin and the latest fitness trends, you can probably find her running along the East River or blending up a green smoothie ...
Leigh is obsessed with all things health, fitness and wellness. When she's not writing about healthy ways to cook with pumpkin and the latest fitness trends, you can probably find her running along the East River or blending up a green smoothie ...

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