Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s something your mom probably told you all through your childhood. And, when you’re an adult, that doesn’t change. A proper and healthy breakfast set you, and your body, up for a successful day.
And, more and more research has been showing that eating the right breakfasts at the right times can be a factor in your weight loss. So, if you want to shed a few extra pounds and transform your breakfast routine, check out these tips.
1. Eat Immediately
When you wake up, your metabolism needs a little bit of a boost. This is why it’s extremely important to eat within the first hour of waking up. The food will wake up your metabolism and get it burning fat earlier. This is truly the best way to start your day.
2. Don’t be Stingy
If you’re one of those people who don’t like to eat a lot for breakfast, you might need to readjust your thinking. Big breakfasts are actually vital to keeping you full all day and, in the long run, helping you lose weight.
But just because it’s bigger, doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. There are lots of tips coming that will help you pick the right foods for your big breakfasts.
3. Eat a Balanced Breakfast
Just like all those cereal commercials say, eating a balanced meal won’t just keep you full, but it will also help you shed the pounds. You need protein to keep you full and healthy carbs for nutrition.
Mixing these, and other, foods that contain the nutrients you need will have you running at optimum through the day. And, you’ll be less likely to eat sugary or salty foods (which lead to weight gain) later on.
4. Make it Yourself
This isn’t a very popular idea, especially since breakfast food is so easy to purchase, but homemade foods are actually much better for you. If you can make your own breakfast muffins or granola, you’ll be getting the food you need, but without all the unwanted extras that are added into mass produced foods.
And, making them yourself will give you a little creative freedom. You can add chia and quinoa to your muffins to get extra protein and fiber. There are hundreds of little ways you can make your own food and adjust it to be healthier for yourself.
5. Drop the Coffee
This is a hard one, especially if you’re part of the 83% of adult Americans who drink coffee daily. It’s delicious. If gives you an energy boost. And it is also very bad for you.
Instead, if you want a hot drink in the morning, grab a green tea. Green tea is packed with antioxidants and burns fat like crazy. Even a single cup a day will help increase the number of calories you burn daily.
6. Eat Fiber
Fiber is a word that is thrown around a lot, but still most people don’t get nearly as much as they should. Fiber is a great food to keep you full and also clean out your system, so it’s working at its best.
And, there are so many great and delicious sources of fiber! There’s the typical bran, but there’s also oatmeal, raspberries, spinach, mushrooms, and oranges. Find a fiber you like and stick with it.
[Read: 6 Simple Ways to Eat More Fiber]
7. Eat Protein
Protein is extremely filling and will keep you going until lunch. You’ll be less likely to snack on foods that will make you gain weight if you’ve packed up the protein at breakfast.
So, really, eating protein in the morning will aid with your weight loss. And, like fiber, protein is pretty versatile. You can do the usually eggs, or try out some natural peanut butter on whole wheat bread.
Or, if your stomach isn’t up to heavy meals, try making a smoothie with a little Greek yoghurt.
8. Skip Breakfast Foods
This may seem a little strange, but who says you have to eat cereal, eggs, or muffins for breakfast? If you’re not much of a breakfast person, your solution might be not eating breakfast foods.
You can make foods that are just as healthy and filling, but don’t exactly fall into the ‘breakfast’ category. Have a salad or some stew.
You can make sandwiches, pasta or even burritos! Find foods that are both healthy and that you’ll actually eat in the morning and, even if they aren’t breakfast-y, you’ll feel full and focused all day. Your body will thank you.