When it comes to weight gain, a lot of people tend to make the mistake of only looking at their activity and food consumption in the daytime, things like lunch and dinner, to try to identify where they are going wrong. Although, of course, those things are significant in the bigger picture, you mustn’t forget another very important time of the day, and that is the morning! You can do things in the early hours that can have a negative impact for the rest of the day. Here are six bad morning habits that can cause weight gain.
If you weigh yourself in the morning, but at various different times every day, then you will probably be disheartened to see that the number fluctuates a lot. This is to do with lots of things from water weight to before and after breakfast, so stick to one specific time every day for a more reliable indicator. Inconsistency can lead to weight gain because seeing something you weren’t expecting can cause comfort eating and lost enthusiasm.
You might think you are going a good thing by skipping breakfast and saving on morning calories, but if you don’t fuel your body properly early in the day, you will be much more likely to need to snack on unhealthy foods between meals later on.
Making the bed when you get up can start your day off with a positive sense of cleanliness and achievement, a sense that can continue through the day and encourage you to make better dietary choices. Not making it sets you up to be disorganised.
Hitting the snooze button might feel good at the time, but the more out of sync your body clock gets with a normal routine, the less likely you are to follow and live a healthy lifestyle. You’ll be sluggish and therefore more prone to cutting corners with nutrition.
Too many people don’t drink enough water in the mornings. You need to rehydrate your body after a night’s sleep, both to give you energy and to flush out toxins. In terms of weight loss, you would be amazed by how many people mistake thirst for hunger and overeat as a result!
If you switch to brushing your teeth in the morning after you have had breakfast, then you will be less likely to want to snack before lunch because you won’t want to ruin that minty fresh feel on your teeth!