Have you ever wondered why your body is still clinging on to extra weight even though you are doing everything in your might to burn the fat and melt it away. Just when you are thinking about quitting midway because there are no results despite your hard work, it would be prudent to run a check on your daily habits, particularly morning habits, because some of those may actually be stopping you from dropping extra pounds. In weight loss, making lifestyle changes is extremely important – a little tweak here and there, would accelerate your fat burning process, especially when those lifestyle changes are made in the early part of the day. When our mornings start on a positive note, it will permeate through the day. Good habits such as waking up early in the morning will give you a lot of “me time”, to meditate, to exercise, and to set a routine for the long day ahead. In this post, we will list out 10 Morning Habits That Can Stop you from Losing Weight.
10 Morning Habits That Can Stop you from Losing Weight:
1. Starting your day with bed coffee/tea?
It’s not ideal to start your day with bed coffee or tea because of two reasons – the first one – both of them are natural diuretics which increase urine production and can leave you dehydrated, especially after 8 hours of not consuming any water when the body is already in a dehydrated state. Secondly, our body detoxifies itself when you sleep at night and toxins create an acidic environment in the body. The first thing we need to do is to alkalize our body and tea and coffee first thing in the morning wouldn’t help. Switch to a big glass of warm water with lemon squeezed into it to make the acidic environment of your body alkaline. This glass of water boost metabolism and flushes out toxins as well.
2. Your breakfast is high on carbs and low on protein:
When you start your day with a high-carb breakfast, you will feel hungry through the day because carbs make you hungrier and increase your cravings. When you eat a high-carb breakfast, your brain doesn’t register the signal that you are full and do not need any more that efficiently. Actually, you would hardly feel full and would also crave for sugar and snacks through the day. Frequent snacking will ultimately lead to weight gain because you lose the count of calories. On the contrary, When you consume protein, it increases the levels of the satiety hormones, reduces your appetite thereby also reducing the hunger hormone. In order to lose weight fast, you need to consume more protein and less of carbohydrates.
3. You got before getting your mandatory 7 to 8 hours of sleep:
Various studies have repeatedly established the fact that sleep is of primary importance to lose weight. Even if you are eating healthy and exercising every single day, your body would not drop any significant weight if you do not get at least 7 hours of sleep at night. Sleeping for only 4 or 5 hours per night triggers the production of ghrelin (hunger hormone) and lowers the levels of leptin (fullness hormone). Also, people who sleep for 8 hours lose more fat without losing muscle. Having a sound sleep also boosts metabolism and lowers the production of stress hormone. So, sleep your way to weight loss instead of binge watching shows and spending hours on social media which would disturb circadian rhythm, making it difficult for you to fall asleep peacefully.
4. You Snack Multiple times leading up to proper Breakfast:
Insulin, which is also a fat-storing hormone, tells the body cells to store fat and also prevents breakdown of fat. Frequent snacking raises insulin levels in the body and too many insulin spikes through the day will result in creation of new fat cells. Restrict snacking to just twice a day, without indulging in high-calorie food. Opt for healthy snacks like apple and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or even peanuts
5. You grab the breakfast on-the-go:
Never grab your breakfast while you are in a rush or just when you are going out of the door. You will not be able to practice mindful eating and not in a position to listen to your body when it’s full. Also, most of the times, the food that you in a rush are usually unhealthy, high in carbs, high in sugar and sodium, with little nutritional value.
6. You are not getting a dose of early sunlight, thereby missing the precious vitamin D:
Various studies have linked vitamin D deficiencies with weight gain. When lipids are exposed to sunlight, they are found to shrink in size, helping you drop pounds. When people come in contact with sunlight during early hours of the day, they are seen to have lower BMIs compared to those start their day late and do not go under the sun early in the morning.
7. You have no time at all for just a bit of exercise in the morning:
There are a lot of advantages for have a dedicated workout routine in the morning – it kickstarts your metabolism, gives you ample energy to last through the day, and your brain is now much more active. There’s nothing wrong with working out towards the end of the day, but a majority of people are too tired to workout and even if they workout, their brain remains active and prevents them from having a restful sleep through the night. Also, it’s noteworthy that eating breakfast before workout encourages to burn stored fat in the body rather than relying on carbohydrates from food. Exercising energises your body and if you do that near to you sleep time, then your body may not be able to wind down.
8. You are addicted to those processed cereals that claim to be healthy?
Not surprisingly, breakfast cereals are rather fattening on account of being quite rich in sugar content. Read the ingredients list – there are artificial colors, sugar, salt, and preservatives added to your breakfast cereal which can contribute to weight gain. Stick to natural food to begin your day. We all think cereals are extremely healthy, but most breakfast cereals have high dosage of sodium content in them and not to forget dairy too.
9. Not Drinking enough water in the Morning:
Water speeds up the breakdown of food and boosts the absorption of nutrients. It also will curb hunger by making you feel full when you are having breakfast. Another benefit of drinking water is that it rids the body of unhealthy toxins.
10. You added Sugar-Free drops in your Chai:
Artificial sweeteners are hugely popular and considered healthy options to refined sugar, but experts advice against using artificial sweeteners on a daily basis, because they still add calories to your body without any nutritional value.