Let’s be real. Weight loss is more complex than counting calories. Instead, every decision you make throughout the day can influence your health, especially your morning routine.
What does it take to wake up on the right side of the bed and start achieving your health goals? Below, I’ll talk about the best five ways to improve your morning routine for better weight loss results.
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Don’t Check Your Phone in the AM
It’s no longer news that cell phones can suck away our free time, but early morning phone use can lead to weight gain too. Research shows that email notifications triggers feelings of stress. That’s because checking your phone first thing puts you in a compromised state of mind where it’s easier to give in to unhealthy foods or skip a workout. So do yourself a favor and keep your phone on airplane mode until you’ve started your day in a healthier way.
Eat a Protein-Packed Breakfast
Eating breakfast is important- but you’ll get the most benefit if you fill it with protein. Research conducted with teenage girls reveals that eating a high-protein breakfast reduced their food cravings throughout the day, and further studies found that eating protein early in the day led to less weight gain. I recommend starting your day with clean protein like hard boiled eggs, steel cut oatmeal, or Greek yogurt to tide you over until lunchtime.
Sip Water after Sleeping
Sleeping all night makes you dehydrated, so make it a habit to drink at least sixteen ounces of water when you first wake up, and strive to get in a full liter by lunchtime. Water promotes weight loss because it increases the rate at which you burn calories immediately after drinking it, and one study found that participants increased their metabolic rate by a third after drinking 16 ounces. Likewise, a big glass of water with breakfast can reduce your calorie consumption by 13%.
Move Before You Make Coffee
Exercise is excellent at any point in the day, but the benefits are profound in the early am. Physical exercise first thing in the morning can improve your fat burning potential because it steadies blood sugar levels, especially for those with diabetes. This helps you curb food cravings and leaves you with higher satiety levels throughout the day.
You don’t have to fit in a full workout to get the benefits, just follow a 15-minute morning yoga routine or bike to work instead of driving. Even 15-20 mins of running or walking is better than nothing at all! Moving in the morning also improves your mood and helps you wake up faster, so you might manage to ditch the coffee altogether.
Pack Protein-filled Snacks for the Day
Midday munchies can strike at any time, so protect yourself from the temptation of the vending machine by packing healthy snacks to take to work instead. I recommend single serving packets of unsalted nuts, low-fat cheese, or healthy meats like turkey. Instead of slipping into a sugar coma after chomping down a candy bar, your body will get a boost of protein that keeps it focused and alert.
Improve Your Morning Routine for Better Weight Loss
Your morning habits set your mood for the rest of your day, especially when it comes to weight loss. Want to learn more ways to develop healthy routines? Check out The Food Fix, my clean eating and weight loss system designed to transform your relationship with food so you can meet your health goals once and for all! Go to foodfix.me for more info.