Leptin Rx – Breakfast

An essential part of the Leptin Rx is the BAB (Big Ass Breakfast). After months of intermittent fasting on Leangains, I must admit that I struggled for the first few days eating 50g–70g of protein as soon as I woke up.

I did get used to it and managed to force it down. After some experimentation with different sources of protein, I settled on fried eggs in coconut oil, chilli con carne minus the beans with added spinach and some coconut manna.

I did play with the ratios a bit until I got it right. Too much protein and therefore volume of food and I didn’t feel too good. Too little and I was hungry again by 13:00. Breakfast now consists of 150g of ‘chilli’, 5 medium eggs and 2 tablespoons of coconut manna.

I eat this at 06:00 and I don’t actually start to feel hungry until about 16:00. I will then have more chilli with a little salad and another two tablespoons of coconut manna. If it’s a training day I will do my workout 2 hours after this meal. In any case I don’t feel the need to eat anything after this second meal until breakfast the next morning.

People ask me how I can bear to eat exactly the same thing day after day. I’ve found that the secret to sticking to a protocol like this is simplicity. I don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat or the nutritional breakdown. I think of it as fuel only. Of course if you have the time, imagination and discipline to vary your meals then great but for me simple wins every time.

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6 thoughts on “Leptin Rx – Breakfast

  1. nice! easily understood! as usual the Mish flair!

  2. [...] that it needs to be done after a 12 hour fast which means getting to the lab then back home for the Big Ass Breakfast (BAB) then out again. I suspect there will be a few red flags here too so this needs to move up the [...]

  3. I started out my leptin reset eating a big ass breakfast, but have since changed to a high fat, moderate protein, low carb approach after reading “Primal Body, Primal Mind” by Nora Gedgaudas. She makes a very convincing case for avoiding excess protein (not more than 0.8 grams per kilogram of ideal body weight). It turns out that excess protein is converted to sugar, meaning that too much is actually counterproductive to regaining leptin and insulin sensitivity. Not only am I enjoying my meals much more (and can leave breakfast without feeling sickly full), the higher fat content has improved my mood, energy levels, sleep, and general feelings of well being.

  4. Mishaal says:

    Thanks John. I just downloaded the Kindle version.

    What sources of fat are you using for breakfast?

    • I cook everything in coconut oil or ghee to begin with, and I am taking krill oil as well, so no matter what I know I will be getting good fats. I also eat egg yolks (I started tossing the whites when I found out they are a known gut irritant) and I get animal fat along with my main protein sources (grass-fed beef, free-range turkey sausages, etc.), and I am quite the avocado addict (it seams to be the one food I can never get tired of). And if I ever finish a meal and still have cravings for more fat, I eat a table spoon of Nutiva Coconut Manna. As it stands, I never have hunger for lunch and go all the way until dinner with nothing but tea, water, and coffee (though I am trying to cut my caffein as it causes spikes in blood sugar).

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