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Morning mistakes that slow your metabolism

BY Himanshu SharmaDec 17, 2014

How Morning Meal affects Metabolism

Your morning habits are something that can make or break your metabolism and affect your energy levels. Making a few mistakes in the morning can slow down your metabolism. When your metabolism is affected, your health is likely to take a backseat. Also, the metabolic rate gets affected by several factors including age, weight and genetics. Apart from the factors that are uncontrollable, there still are choices that can cause metabolism to fire up or fizzle. Stop making these mistakes so that your metabolism is not disturbed.

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Eating Late

Sure, everybody loves a good snooze. You are not a morning person but you should make time for eating in the morning and not miss it because you are late for work. Skipping breakfast is one of the things that will throw your metabolism back. Your habit of eating late along with other cluster of unhealthy behaviours can sloe the metabolism down. Eat within an hour of waking up. This helps the metabolic process to go about performing its functions and changing food into energy for the day.

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Eating White Carbs

There are foods that can act like enemies to your metabolism. Sometimes, it is the food choices we have that slow down  metabolism. If you are eating white carbohydrates in the morning, you are slowing your metabolism. Instead, boost your fibre intake by switching to whole wheat bread, pasta, and eating more fruits and vegetables. It has been scientifically proven that fibre can rev your fat burn by as much as 30 per cent. Aim for 20 grams of fruits and veggies in every meal.

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Lack of Proteins

It is again a mistake if you are eating in the morning but your meal is lacking protein. Protein should be a part of every meal, particularly breakfast. Protein in the meals is essential to maintain lean muscle. Eggs, fortified cereals and dairy foods in the morning can jump-start your metabolism and fuel your whole day.

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Not Exercising

The body uses up energy to carry out tasks like breathing, circulating blood and repairing cells when we are asleep. You need to recharge with diet and exercise when you wake up to sustain bodily functions. With the consistency of morning meal, you need physical activity on a daily basis to make sure that you never slow down metabolism. Moreover, exercise during the morning hours gives you a maximum calorie burn and other fitness benefits.

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Skipping out on Weight Training

It is good to add high-intensity workouts and intervals to your morning fitness sessions. A short weightlifting session in the morning can help burn 100 to 200 calories. And you can always change the intensity and speed. If you are thinking of time constraints, you don’t have to do it every day. Just try strength training in the morning for at least three to four times a week.

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Missing out on Iron

You need iron early in the morning, especially if you are a woman. Iron-rich foods in the morning make it easy for oxygen to be supplied to all the muscles. Until menopause, women lose iron each month during menstruation and this is why it is important for them to ensure that they receive enough iron on a daily basis. With lack of iron, you run the risk of low energy and slow metabolism. Lean meats, beans, fortified cereals and spinach are some of the best iron foods.

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Missing a Dose of Tea/Coffee

Just like foods, beverages could make a difference to your metabolism. Steer clear of foods that slow down your metabolic rate and embrace those that boost metabolism. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. Having a cup of tea or coffee in the morning can rev up your metabolism. Researchers have found that the antioxidant ‘catechins’ in tea and coffee give metabolism a boost.

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