Breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day, but you might be sabotaging your diet by having certain habits at this meal time.
In fact, eradicating these mistakes can help you lose an extra 4.5kg over time, so if you’re trying to shed some extra kilos make you sure you strike these off your morning routine.
Ditch the sugar
It’s well known that too much sugar can lead to weight gain, but those sneaky two tablespoons of sugar you might be popping in your tea or coffee can lead to you piling on the kilos without realising.
Ensure your morning brew is sugar free can lead to you losing up to 4.5 kilos within six months.
Adding sugar to your drinks is basically like consuming empty calories.
According to studies, high blood sugar levels interfere with a hormone known as leptin which decreases hunger and helps you reduce food intake.
Drink water first
Before you tuck into your eggs and toast, try drinking at least two glasses of water the moment you wake up.
According to studies, drinking water before you eat increases weight loss and the amount of calories you burn.
It also gives the feeling of satiety and will help reduce appetite. One study found that simply by drinking two cups of water a day, dieters lost around a kilo in 90 days.
Cut the cream
Adding coffee to your cream may seem like just a small treat in the morning, but it’s actually adding to your waistline quite a fair bit.
Ditching just two tablespoons of cream can reduce your morning brew but around 100 calories.
As such dieters can lose around 4.5 kilos in under six months if they opt for black coffee instead.
Don’t ditch your brew altogether though. Studies also show that drinking coffee stimulates the nervous system, which sends signals to the fat cells to break down fat.
Enjoy a grapefruit
You may have heard your gran telling you grapefruit is the way to keep your tummy trim and she might be right.
Research has shown that tucking into a grapefruit at breakfast time is another way to ensure you shed the kilos.
A 12-week study has shown those who ate half a grapefruit at breakfast lost an average of five kilos in this period.
‘For years people have talked about the grapefruit diet, and some even swear by it, but now, we have data that grapefruit helps weight loss,’ Dr. Fujioka, principal researcher at the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps Clinic told Medical News Today.
‘Our study shows grapefruit can play a vital role in overall health and wellness, and in battling the ever-growing obesity epidemic,’ stated Dr. Fujioka. ‘Whether it’s the properties of grapefruit or its ability to satiate appetites, grapefruit appeared to help with weight loss and decreased insulin levels leading to better health. It’s good the ‘Grapefruit Diet’ never lost its popularity among the public.’