Are You Making These Breakfast Mistakes?

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and studies have shown that this is not a myth. Those who skip breakfast tend to eat more calories throughout the day and may be more likely to be overweight or gain weight than those who eat a balanced breakfast. Since saying no to breakfast can slow down your metabolism, it’s not only important to eat in the morning but also make sure you avoid these 5 breakfast mistakes as well.

Eating breakfast when you get to work:

You wake up at 6 a.m. and are in such a rush to get ready, pack your lunch, and get to your job that you figure you’ll sip coffee on your commute and just eat when you get to your desk. It’s important to eat within an hour of waking, because just like skipping breakfast, it messes with your metabolism. If you don’t have time to sit down and eat, pack a portable snack the night before that you can quickly grab and nibble on the way.

Grabbing a drink with your breakfast:

Liquid calories get you every time! Specialty coffee drinks, huge glasses of smoothies, and fresh juices can run you 300 calories or more. That on top of your breakfast can make calorie counts creep up fast. Go for coffee with a little bit of milk, drink a smaller-size smoothie with your breakfast, and eat your fruit instead of juicing it to consume fewer calories and more fiber.

Eating just a scone:

When you grab coffee at the local café in the morning, who can resist the freshly baked muffins, quick breads, and scones staring at you from the counter? Avoid filling up on sugar in the morning: it doesn’t sustain your blood sugar levels, so you will feel tired and fuzzy-headed. That, coupled with hunger pangs will have you reaching for more food within an hour, which means more calories consumed.

Eating just a banana:

While fruit is a healthy choice, one little piece isn’t enough. Your breakfast should be between about 300 and 500 calories. Not eating enough will have you so famished, you’re more likely to reach for quick, high-calorie choices later.

Eating just a yogurt :

Low-fat yogurt is another healthy food, and although it’s a great source of protein, it doesn’t offer any fiber. Be sure to add fiber such as whole grain toast, nuts, and fresh fruits.

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