Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, if you’re doing it right.
To get the most out of an energizing, nutritious breakfast, try to avoid these common breakfast mistakes that ruin an otherwise healthy habit:
Too much creams
Coffee is good, but all the cream you’re adding nullifies its benefits.
“A healthy cup of coffee can [contribute to pound creepage] if you add sugary, fatty creamers. Instead, try switching to a sugar-free soy milk, hemp milk, almond milk, or oat milk. After a few days, your taste buds will adjust and you won’t miss the calorie-laden, health-harmful sugar and fat,” says Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, author of The Vegiterranean Diet and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition.
Hitting a Grand Slam
You probably know having a ‘Grand Slam’ breakfast is healthy nor sustainable over the long term.
“Starting the day with a large high-fat, high-sodium breakfast will give you a bloated belly and you will feel sluggish all day!” exclaims celebrity nutritionist Lisa DeFazio, MS, RDN. “It takes a lot of work for your body to digest those calories and you will be sleepy, bloated and unproductive. Skip the ‘grand slam’ with eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, hash browns, [and so on] and your belly will thank you!”
Snoozing over breakfasting
Skipping breakfast encourages overeating later in the day and leads to dropping metabolism. Don’t hit the snooze and go back to sleep – you’re already up, so get on your feet and make yourself some breakfast.
“[Pressing the snooze button can] negatively affect your hormones—including growth factor and cortisol—which unfavorably influences belly fat,” say The Nutrition Twins, Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT, and authors of The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure. “Don’t set your alarm intending to hit snooze time after time. Set your alarm for a little bit later and get up as soon as your alarm goes off. This may be a little bit difficult at first, but you’ll appreciate a little extra sleep, as will your waistline.”
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