When it comes to meals, breakfast is the champ. Instead of grabbing a muffin at the coffee shop to fuel your day, give the mealtime the attention it deserves. Here are four don'ts for the most important meal of the day.
Don't skip it: Eating breakfast helps jump-start your metabolism after it slows down during your sleep. Not only that, but eating breakfast is an important tool in maintaining weight loss. So don't wait until lunch to nosh; eat a filling, healthy meal early in the day to keep your energy up, brain on, and weight loss goals in check.
Don't delay: The best time to eat breakfast is within an hour of waking up, so don't delay! Unless, of course, you are working out first, in which case you should make sure you fuel up with a pre-workout snack before you go (read our tips for choosing a pre-workout snack here). Afterward, be sure to eat a protein- and carbohydrate-filled breakfast 30 minutes to two hours after a workout in order to fuel your body the right way.
Read on for more breakfast don'ts.
Don't forget the fiber (and protein): Filling up on fiber and protein helps keep you full long into the morning. Instead of grabbing a sugary pastry, which can only leave you feeling hungry sooner, not to mention cranky and sluggish, eat a breakfast high in fiber and lean protein. Try these five low-sugar breakfast ideas that are full of protein and fiber.
Don't go caffeine overboard: It's been proven that a cup of coffee a day can do a lot — like reduce risk of diseases and help your memory — but you shouldn't drink too much. Stick to a cup or two a day to keep from feeling jittery, anxious, or developing high blood pressure. If breakfast is normally a two-cup affair, try switching your second cup with antioxidant-loaded green tea instead.