10 Morning Habits That Prevent Weight Loss
If you’re trying to lose weight the last thing you want to do is mess it up first thing in the morning. And unfortunately, there’s no shortage of wrong information out there on a range of morning topics like what to eat to speed up your metabolism, or whether a mandatory breakfast is required, or if you should workout on an empty stomach every morning. With that said it’s easy to understand why you’re probably making at least a couple mistakes every morning that may be stopping you from losing weight.
So today I want to give you a definitive list of 10-morning habits that are preventing weight loss. By learning what these are & by making some easy changes to your morning routine you can lose weight faster with fewer road bumps along your way. And I want to start with one of the most obvious that many of you probably already know..eating traditional breakfast foods in the morning is a sure fire way to gain weight instead of losing it. What do I mean by traditional breakfast foods…I”m talking about things like cereal, bagels, pop tarts, pancakes, waffles, and muffins. These foods are all very high in either refined flour, sugar, or both. Not only is a diet high in refined flour & sugar linked to obesity it’s also linked to insulin resistance & diabetes.
When you spike your blood sugar & insulin levels every morning with foods like this you make weight loss virtually impossible. Now I’m not saying you can’t eat carbs for breakfast. You can definitely do that but stick to carb sources that are not processed and come from single ingredient foods. Things like oatmeal, Ezekiel bread, and fruit will serve you much better. You’ll get fuller faster from the high fiber content of these real foods, you won’t have such a dramatic spike in insulin levels, and you won’t feel the desire to eat more. And that actually leads right to another morning habit that prevents weight loss. I’m talking about impulse eating and this is a habit that’s linked directly to eating processed and refined foods. When you eat foods like the traditional breakfast foods that we just talked about as well as other foods that contain High fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, additives, sugar, and flavor enhancers they all Trick your brain and actually become addicting.
These artificial flavors and excessive amounts of sugar get your taste buds used to a crazy amount of stimulation. And then with real food like fruit and cinnamon flavored oatmeal, it becomes impossible to match the dopamine release you get from the unnatural sources that are full of added sugar. Also like I already said these processed foods will spike your blood sugar temporarily only to be followed by a crash. When your blood sugar comes crashing back down you’re going to feel really hungry for more of the same bad foods that got you into trouble, to begin with. This vicious cycle creates a full day of impulse eating led by the reward center of your brain seeking its fix…ultimately making you even more hooked on junk & processed foods. Luckily you can reset your palate by staying away from these addicting ingredients for a consistent period of time. Start by concentrating on staying away from these foods for 3 days. Just after 3 days, you will appreciate real healthy food much more & after a few weeks your desire for bad food will diminish significantly.
The next morning habit that you want to avoid is force feeding yourself breakfast. It seems like most trainers, nutritionists, & most people, in general, believe that one of the worst things you can do for weight loss is skipped breakfast. This is based on the idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day & without it you delay “starting your metabolism” & you potentially risk entering the dreaded “starvation mode” Some people believe so strongly in this “you must eat breakfast philosophy” that they would rather have you eat something bad like a bagel or a muffin rather than not eating anything at all. This is completely wrong. First of all your body works off of totals, it doesn’t matter when you get those totals in for the day. There is no such thing as “starting your metabolism.” Your metabolism continues running all night at a slower pace while you sleep because you’re lying still doing nothing while you sleep. As soon as you wake up, get out of bed, & start moving around your metabolism will speed up
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