Weight loss efforts can start first thing in the morning if you’re keen to shed the pounds. Getting your day started right is important – but there is a myriad of conflicting rules when it comes to breakfast. Some people choose to skip the first meal while others follow the old adage ‘Breakfast like a King.’ However, there’s one thing you should avoid doing in the morning, a dietician has said.
Weight-loss attempts could be derailed if you eat breakfast when you’re not actually ready for it.
If you’re not that hungry when you wake up, you don’t need to tuck into a meal straight away.
Julieanna Hever, a plant-based dietitian and author of The Vegiterranean Diet and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, told nutrition and health website Eat This that it’s key to listen to your body.
“Try tuning into your natural hunger/satiety signals and have breakfast only once you are truly physically hungry.
“Your body knows best about how much and when you need to eat,” Hever told the publication.
If and when you do eat breakfast – be careful with what you’re doing at the same time.
Munching while watching TV is inadvisable as it could scupper your weight loss efforts.
Eating without distraction is best, The Nutrition Twins, Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames, authors of The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure, also told Eat This.
“Being focused on the TV takes away the mindfulness of eating and the appreciation of the flavours and textures of the foods you’re putting in your mouth, as well as the size of the portions that you’re eating,” they said.
It could be the foods you eat for breakfast that will make the biggest difference when it comes to your diet.
Some popular breakfast items can be misleading for Britons looking to shape up and it’s important to be aware of the real nutritional value of what you’re eating.
One such food that Britons on a weight loss diet should steer clear of is a breakfast of low-fat yoghurt and fruit.
This could come as a surprise as it would seem to be a very healthy meal indeed.
However, experts have said that a breakfast of low fat and yoghurt and fruit will not satiate – which means you are likelier to snack later or eat more.
Adam Kelinson, a professional chef, endurance athlete, and author of The Athlete’s Plate, told Men’s Health: “On the surface, it seems like this is a good way to start the day, and it’s definitely better than a lot of other options.”
The problem, though, is that the breakfast is crammed with simple sugars which the human body will quickly burn through. What’s more, the lack of fat in the low-fat yoghurt will leave you feeling hungry.
It’s much better to ensure you’re getting plenty of protein in your breakfast. For instance, a protein-filled Greek yoghurt would be a much better option.
Consider teaming it with a serving of whole-grain cereal or granola. This way you’re getting fibre, protein and healthy fat, setting you up well for the day.