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5 breakfast mistakes you might be making each morning, here’s how it affects weight loss

Too many people make mistakes while picking foods for their breakfast meal. Either it is too sugary, high in fats or doesn’t have enough of good fats. Here are 5 breakfast mistakes you need to avoid to see results from your weight loss journey.

fitness Updated: Jul 16, 2018 09:04 IST
Meenakshi Iyer
Meenakshi Iyer
Hindustan Times
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Here are some breakfast mistakes you’re making and how to correct them. (Shutterstock)

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it helps kickstart our metabolism, and sets our digestion for the rest of the day. If you want to lose weight fast, you need to ensure to eat your meals on time and also eat the right amount of things.

Too many people make mistakes while picking foods for their breakfast meal. Either it is too sugary, high in fats or doesn’t have enough of good fats. Here are 5 breakfast mistakes you need to avoid to see results from your weight loss journey.

1.Skipping breakfast: “The body is in a state of catabolism at night. Continuing this fasting period will only make this condition worse and lower the body’s metabolism. Hence it is imperative to have breakfast. This kick starts the body’s metabolism, prevents low blood sugar levels, prevents fatigue and largely helps prevent binge eating throughout the day,” says nutritionist Karishma Chawla. So, don’t skip your breakfast.

2.Carb or protein is missing: You need to add both to make it a balanced meal. People tend to eat either carbs like wheatflakes, breads etc or only proteins such as eggs. “An ideal breakfast comprises of a complex carbohydrate and a high biological value protein which eaten together as a wholesome meal is beneficial,” she adds. Complex carbs help maintain steady energy and blood sugar levels with minimal fat storage.

3.Late breakfast: Breakfast must be eaten within an hour of waking up. What you eat during breakfast influences your meal for the rest of the day. According to Naaznin Husein, founder, Freedom Wellness and Lifestyle Management, eating a heavy dinner might make you delay breakfast. “You may even tend to overeat if you’ve delayed your breakfast,” she adds.

4.Skimped breakfast: We eat too little or too much. “Indian breakfast is often carb heavy and is not accompanied with milk, yoghurt etc. This puts little emphasis on protein,” Husein says.

5.Not mindful eating: “Breakfast should be eaten like a king can be misleading. It is important to know the ideal amount based on your body. “An average breakfast size could comprise of a bowl of cereal ( 5 -8 tbsp) + 10 - 15 gm lean protein ( 3-4 egg whites or 10-15 gm whey protein powder),” says Chawla.

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First Published: Jul 16, 2018 09:04 IST