Eat a balanced breakfast
There’s some truth to the old adage that breakfast is the “most important meal of the day,” and that’s why we’re not surprised a whopping 78 percent of people enrolled in the NWCR reported they eat breakfast every day. What’s more? if you’re looking to lose weight, exactly what weight loss breakfast foods can make all the difference. According to a study from the University of Missouri in Columbia, a high-fiber, high-protein breakfast (like these 19 High Protein Breakfasts That Keep You Full) may be the most important investment you can make in your waistline. The study showed that eating breakfast triggered women’s brains to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical that helps to control impulses. In other words, eating a balanced breakfast decreases your chances of reaching for that 3 p.m. candy bar, and keeps your belly slim.
Furthermore, additional research has shown that forgoing the morning meal is harmful to your metabolism and can actually lead to unwanted weight gain. A study from the American Journal of Epidemiology found that people who cut out the breakfast were 4.5 times more likely to be obese, and scientists suspect that’s because skipping meals slows your metabolism and boosts your hunger. That harmful dynamic puts your body in prime fat-storage mode and increases your odds of overeating at the next meal. Skipping breakfast isn’t the only reason for your unwanted weight gain.