So you’ve cut down on all that junk food, and replaced soft drinks and beer with water. You even joined a gym and started exercising regularly, but those extra pounds are hanging on to you like birds of a feather. Well, these popular morning habits may be the reason you’re not getting that dream body you’ve always wanted.
YOUR NICKNAME IS BEDTIME BEAR
That’s because you sleep more than 10 hours a day, which can lead to a higher body mass index. So while sleeping too little can produce cortisol, which increases your appetite, sleeping too much can backfire and make you pack on the pounds.
BREAK THAT SCALE
According to a study by Cornell University researchers, weighing yourself on a daily basis will encourage you to lose weight. But doing it in the morning is the best time since you lose water weight overnight.
YOU EAT LIKE A CHIPMUNK
Twigs and berries in the morning won’t help you to lose weight according to researchers from Tel Aviv University. Breakfast should be the meal where you pamper yourself the most, so long as it contains about 300 calories and is balanced. Try drinking a half glass of almond milk, fruits, and cereals, and watch how your body changes overnight.
YOU DIDN’T BREAK FAST ENOUGH
Your body needs lots of energy to activate its functions, which often get depleted during the night. If you wait too long to eat breakfast, you can trigger symptoms of gastritis which will leave you feeling empty and can influence weight gain.
YOU’RE DRYER THAN THE SAHARA
Since most of us don’t drink water before we sleep because going to bed with a full bladder sucks, we should be drinking water when we first wake up. By rehydrating in the morning, your brain won’t get its signals mixed up and confuse thirst for hunger, and you’ll make healthier breakfast choices, so you can finally slim down.
DON’T BE A SLUG-A-BED
Wake up and make your own bed every day. It might sound odd, but according to the U.S. National Sleep Foundation, people who make their own bed, tend to sleep healthier, which helps you look a whole lot slimmer.
THE BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
Ah, you opened the fridge, grabbed a soda and chugged every last drop for breakfast, but you thought it would be okay because it was a diet soda. Well, according to research, people who drink two or more diet sodas a day increase their waistline five times faster. Have an organic smoothie instead.
YOU’RE A PROCESSED FOOD JUNKIE
Even after you’ve had breakfast, you might be feeling a bit peckish before lunchtime. So you reach out for some mid-morning snacks. There’s only one problem with that. Commercial and processed products don’t control your hunger, it makes you hungrier. So go for a handful of nuts, a cup of plain yogurt, or a serving of fruits instead.
YOU’RE SPEEDY GONZALEZ
The last thing you should be doing is rushing and doing a million things at once after you wake up. Operating on this level can cause anxiety which can affect your weight.
YOU WAKE UP TO AN ECLIPSE
As far as your body’s concerned, it’s nighttime all the time. But you’d be surprised how much of a difference 20 to 30 minutes of daylight can make. We’re talking a major metabolic booster that wakes your body up and helps you burn fat. So open those blinds the moment you wake up.