10 Worst Breakfast Habits For Your Waistline...



It's time for a wake-up call.

The savory scent of freshly sizzled bacon. The enticing aroma of just-squeezed OJ and then a waft of syrupy goodness swirling around a stack of pancakes. A perfectly flipped omelet with stringlets of cheese oozing out. Last night's Calvin Klein model hand delivering all of the above for breakfast in bed. This is the stuff morning fantasies are made of.

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SABOTAGING, YOUR CUPPA WITH CREAMER...

Cuppa coffee or tea, that is. "A healthy cup of coffee can [contribute to pound creepage] if you add sugary, fatty creamers. Instead, try switching to a sugar-free soy milk, hemp milk, almond milk, or oat milk. After a few days, your taste buds will adjust and you won't miss the calorie-laden, health-harmful sugar and fat," says Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, a plant-based dietitian and author of The Vegiterranean Diet and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition

TURNING TO ENERGY DRINKS...

Put down that can of chemicals or bottle of sugar water, stat! If you're not a coffee fan and need an instant wake-me-up, then what you need to find is your perfect tea. "I'm a huge fan of matcha, which is a really potent green tea," says food journalist Kelly Choi, author of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse. "And if you don't have the patience for piping-hot tea to cool or you're more of a smoothie person, tea smoothies are awesome options, too!" Watch Kelly whip up her favorite tea smoothies (complete with recipes) in our exclusive video playlist How-To Recipes: Tea Smoothies.

EATING TOO MUCH SALT...

It's time to cut the salt already, suggests Lisa Hayim, registered dietitian and founder of The WellNecessities. "So many of our favorite breakfast options are loaded with salt. Hash browns, quick-cook oats, bacon, and even eggs (prepared out of house) can be loaded with sodium. Sodium causes you to retain water, which leaves you bloated from the start of the day," says Hayim. If you like to give your eggs or oats more flavor, try jazzing them up with red chile pepper flakes, paprika, cayenne or even turmeric or powdered mustard.

GOING FOR THE "GRAND SLAM"...

No newsflash here, but worth a cautionary reminder: "Starting the day with a large high-fat, high-sodium breakfast will give you a bloated belly and you will feel sluggish all day!" exclaims celebrity nutritionist Lisa DeFazio, MS, RDN. "It takes a lot of work for your body to digest those calories and you will be sleepy, bloated and unproductive. Skip the 'grand slam' with eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, hash browns, [and so on] and your belly will thank you!" To help de-puff ASAP, find out The #1 Detox Fruit.

SKIPPING BREAKFAST TO SNOOZE...

Not only is skipping breakfast a risky move because it may lead to overeating, metabolism drops, and more, hitting the snooze button is doing double damage. You've already interrupted your sleep with your alarm, so you might as well get up and get nourished. "[Pressing the snooze button can] negatively affect your hormones—including growth factor and cortisol—which unfavorably influences belly fat," say The Nutrition Twins, Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT, and authors of The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure. "Don't set your alarm intending to hit snooze time after time. Set your alarm for a little bit later and get up as soon as your alarm goes off. This may be a little bit difficult at first, but you'll appreciate a little extra sleep, as will your waistline."

OVERLOADING ON FIBER...

"Eating large amounts of fiber in the morning will make you gassy," warns DeFazio. "Yes, fiber is important, but don't overdose on it. A large amount at one sitting will make you very bloated and gassy by mid-morning. [Make sure to] drink a lot of water when you eat fiber to move it through the digestive tract. Otherwise, it can get stuck!" And be sure to steer clear of the worst "fiber-rich" foods for weight loss, many of which beckon from grocery shelves and claim to be the star in your morning meals.

CHUGGING BULLETPROOF COFFEE...

Coffee on its own isn't bad for your waistline and the caffeine may even help you to work out harder and burn a few extra calories. "But trendy bulletproof coffee supplies very few nutrients and a whopping 441 calories—eighty percent of which are artery-clogging saturated fat—which certainly isn't good for your waistline," say The Nutrition Twins. "Although it's recommended instead of breakfast, it replaces a typically nutrient-dense meal that contains antioxidants, fiber, and nourishment like oatmeal, a hardboiled egg, and berries. Bulletproof coffee has no fiber or protein, both of which are top recommendations as part of a breakfast that provides long-lasting satiety." We're thinking this coffee trend is as serious a pass as the recent scrunchie revival.

MAKING GRANOLA YOUR GO-TO...

"This seemingly-innocent food is almost always loaded with added sugar," cautions Hayim. "In fact, most companies use synonyms or alternative words for plain old 'sugar' to disguise it. When choosing a granola, look for a 'no sugar' added and steer clear of coconut sugar, agave, and even evaporated cane juice." The surprising amount of sugar in "innocent" foods is precisely why David Zinczenko, Eat This, Not That! creator and best-selling author, wrote his brand-new book, Zero Sugar Diet. Pick it up to discover how to curb your cravings and lose up to a pound a day.

EATING JUST TO EAT...

You're told to eat as soon as you wake up, but it may lead to weight gain if you're not hankering for a meal yet. Listen to your body: "Try tuning into your natural hunger/satiety signals and have breakfast only once you are truly physically hungry. Your body knows best about how much and when you need to eat," says Hever. Don't wait until you're starving, though; this can lead to poor choices and overeating.

SAYING HELLO AGAIN TO LEFTOVERS...

We get it—sometimes we are too tired, too lazy, and too hungry for anything other than leftover pizza or birthday cake. "But don't do it!" Urges DeFazio. "Think about how you will feel all day! The fat and salt from the pizza and sugar from the cake are recipes for bloating, fatigue, and blood sugar ups and downs."

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The continuation of the New York Times bestselling series will help you:

lose up to 16 pounds in 14 days

melt away stubborn fat, from your belly first

put an end to bloating and discomfort

detox from unhealthy foods so you can enjoy all-day energy

turn off your fat-storage genes and make long-term weight loss effortless

look and feel younger and healthier than ever!