Motivation Monday: How to Eat the Ultimate Breakfast

Coach Tony
Sep 19, 2016 · 2 min read

Our VIP group has been testing breakfast strategies as part of a module on building a highly productive morning routine.

Obviously, how you eat plays a big roll in your success.

Here’s what we know so far.


Sugar is Evil. I Have Proof.

From our archives, comes a tale about the pursuit of the perfect diet. A few years back, I arrogantly thought we could rank the most popular diets of the world.

So we designed a scientifically rigorous study complete with randomized assignments and control groups. Then we ran 12,000 people through the experiment.

The big result was that the more sugar people gave up, the more weight they lost and the better they felt. It hardly mattered what diet they were assigned to.

All these debates about fad diets are just clouding a huge issue: sugar is evil.

Read the full story though if you want to see the minor differences between diets.


Intermittent Fasting.

Quick summary of this eating strategy is to eat whatever you want when you eat. But instead of eating three meals per day, schedule periods of fasting where you don’t eat anything.

People sing the IF praises to me all the time. They say they have more energy, their morning glucose has gone down, and even that they gain more muscle.

I’ve been skeptical until recently.

The VIP group started today and literally every single report said good things.

If you’re interested in learning more, then I highly recommend this piece from our friends Nerd Fitness: A Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting.


Fed Up

A lot of diet change is emotional — the food tastes good even when you rationally think you shouldn’t eat it.

A trick that’s helped me in all aspects of behavior design is to trigger a counter emotional force.

In food, a simple way to do this is to watch a documentary that triggers your outrage and disgust.

To that end, my friends reminded me of a great documentary, FedUp. Nice pun, great movie.

It takes you two minutes to watch the trailer. So do it.

And if you like the trailer, the movie is for rent on Amazon.


Tracking Breakfast

A huge number of Coach users track some goal related to breakfast. Here are the most popular ones.

  • Eat Breakfast.
  • Slow-Carb Diet. This, along with fasting, are the two most popular diets. The Slow-Carb breakfast is lots of protein and no carbs. Think eggs, bacon, avocado
  • Intermittent Fasting. We have a nice community for helping you get started.

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Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

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