What you eat for breakfast has the power to make or break how you feel for the rest of the day. Loading up on the right foods can rev up your metabolism, keep you feeling full, and give you the strength to get through the morning with some sustainable energy.
If you really want to lose weight, you have to start with a nutritious breakfast, packed with the perfect blend of fiber, protein, and fat to help keep you full and energized through the morning.
By starting your day the right way, you won’t fall victim to the mid-afternoon crashes that often tempt you to buy a sugary candy bar, skip the gym, and call it a day.
Eating a healthy breakfast is a lot easier than you may think. Just follow these 3 simple morning rules every day:
- Eat right after your wake up: The longer you wait to eat breakfast, the slower your metabolism will get. To start burning fat the moment you get out of bed, you should always make sure to eat breakfast within 30-60 minutes of waking up in the morning. If you’re leaving the house on an empty stomach, you’ll start the workday groggy, hungry, and fatigued. The problem is that many people just don’t feel hungry when they wake up. In fact, many people actually feel too nauseous and tired to even think about food. If you’re not a morning person, then try starting your day with a healthy smoothie, made with fresh fruit, ground flaxseeds, and even a cup of coffee to start off with a caffeine boost. Another tip to consider if you often wake up feeling sick to your stomach is to stop eating 3-4 hours before going to bed every night.
- Always eat some protein: Foods that are rich in protein take a lot longer to digest than foods loaded with carbs. Instead of grabbing a bagel while you’re heading to work, make yourself two quick poached eggs or have a bowl of non-fat Greek yogurt with raspberries. While bread may taste great and fill you up quickly, you’ll probably start getting hungry again in an hour or so. A high-protein breakfast will satiate your hunger through the morning to help you consume less calories overall during the day.
- Start eating bananas: Like protein, foods rich in resistant starch (RS) will keep you feeling full, so you consume fewer calories throughout the day. High-RS foods, like bananas, prompt your body to use fat for energy, which helps you burn more fat in the long-run.
What is your favorite healthy breakfast? Let us know in the comments!
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