Who doesn’t want to start each day happy and healthy? But what if some morning habits actually lead to weight gain? That’s a cause for concern, isn’t it?
Unhealthy morning habits not only make your day more stressful and unproductive, but also add inches to your waistline and put you at risk for health problems. A good morning routine is key to a healthy body and mind, and here are some key habits that can be detrimental to your well-being.
Avoid these morning mistakes and prevent weight gain.
- Too much sleep
Getting the right amount of sleep can help you have beautiful skin, a healthy body, and peace of mind. Too much sleep has been linked to other health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. According to a recent study by the journal PLOS One, people who sleep more than 10 hours a night have a higher body mass index than people who sleep 7-8 hours. So avoid pressing the snooze button and wake up on time!
- You’re not eating the right foods for breakfast
Even when dieting, you should not completely cut out the carbohydrates and fats that your body needs. To help maintain a healthy weight, try eating bread and pancakes with oatmeal or high-fiber seeds like pumpkin and sesame seeds for breakfast. Also include peanut butter and egg yolks, which contain healthy monounsaturated fats that help with weight loss. Also, avoid processed and packaged foods.
- You prepare for the dark
If you draw the curtains in your room with curtains and move or get ready in the morning, you are depriving yourself of the benefits of sunlight. A study published in the journal PLOS One found that blue light waves from the early morning sun boost metabolism and help wake the body up. Even 20-30 minutes a day is enough to affect your body mass index.
In fact, a study published in the International Journal of Endocrinology found that women with adequate levels of vitamin D (you get it from sunlight) lost more weight than women with vitamin D deficiency.
- You don’t drink enough water
Dehydration makes you eat more, which can lead to weight gain. According to Dr. Lovneet Batra, a clinical nutritionist, when you’re dehydrated, your brain goes into overdrive. Dehydration removes the thirst signal and instead sends the hunger signal, which makes you tend to eat more and ultimately lead to weight gain.