The way you start your morning determines how the rest of your day goes. Doesn’t your whole day go horribly if you wake up in a bad mood? Similarly, some morning habits can make you feel groggy and slow down your metabolism which in turn promotes weight gain. The more depressed you feel the more you eat, but there are some morning rituals which can ensure you have a spring in your step the moment you jump out of bed:
A breakfast that is packed with protein (such as eggs, Greek yogurt and tofu) can keep you fuller for longer or till lunch rolls around. This will eliminate urges that can otherwise make you reach for snacks throughout the day.
This happens because protein reduces ghrelin levels, the hunger hormone that triggers cravings. At the same time it also increases the levels of hormones that help us remain sated for longer such as peptide YY and GLP-1. In other words, stop reaching for that sugar packed cereal and start your day with a healthy egg salad or oats instead.
This can be difficult in the beginning since most weight loss enthusiasts cannot start their day without a shot of caffeine. However, this is not about the coffee as much as it is about the additions that make it unhealthy.
By itself, coffee acts as a natural anti oxidant and promotes digestion. However, by adding sugar and milk will impede that process and add calories which will only ruin your weight loss journey. So drop the sugar and milk and take your coffee black or switch to green tea. It tastes better than black coffee and will give you the same weight loss benefits.
Whether it’s a light jog or some quick yoga, a small morning exercise routine can pave the way for your health and fitness goals. It’s a great way to wake up, kick start your metabolism and increase your appetite at the same time.
This is important especially if you tend to skip breakfast and load up on snacks afterwards to replenish your energy. If you exchange all of those calories with a 15 minute long yoga session or a quick run, you can trigger your appetite enough to eat a heavy breakfast afterwards. However, make sure that you stick to the aforementioned protein packed options or you will ruin your chances of shedding calories throughout your day.
By making these small changes in your morning routine you can realise your weight loss goals faster. Qutek provides smart gadgets that are designed specifically to empower health and wellness without the need of a physician.
One of our offerings, the STEPs Body Composition Scale for instance is a smart scale that goes beyond standard weight measurements. Using state of the art dual BIA frequency technology, it examines visceral fat, body fat, BMR, BMI, water and other elements and can also synchronise data from our smart fitness app. Both these benefits allow users to determine whether they are losing or gaining weight via measurable facts. Kick-start your weight loss journey today!