5 Breakfast Mistakes That Cause Weight Gain
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  • It's true, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But without knowing it, many people are causing themselves problems by starting the day doing the following: 

    You drink orange juice all the time. 
    Having a glass of orange juice daily may be the reason you’re packing up on the pounds. According to health expert Lisa Davis, M.D., Vice President of Scientific and Clinical Affairs at Medifast, some orange juices are loaded with sugar. "A healthy serving of orange juice is about as much as you could squeeze out of one orange." She suggests you stick to drinking water and eating an orange separately. 

    You choose to have breakfast on the go.
    Prefer to eat your meals on the road? Then you’re more likely to choose less healthy food options compared to when you plan and actually sit down for a proper meal. Also, since you're prone to eat in a hurry, you might not be able to digest your food well. 

    You skip it completely. 
    Another big no-no! Due to people’s hectic schedules, they opt to skip breakfast so they could leave the house in no time, but according to Fox News, doing this lures you to a fat trap instead of saving you calories. Researchers from Imperial College London found that "when people went without a morning meal, their brain reward centres lit up when they were shown images of high-calorie foods"–that means it will be harder for you to turn down treats plus you’ll be gaining the calories you lost in the morning and so much more.

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    You don’t eat enough protein.
    According to a 2013 University of Missouri-Columbia study, eating a protein-rich breakfast helps curb your appetite throughout the entire morning. Kevin C. Maki, principal investigator of the study and a research scientist with Biofortis Clinical Research, a Mérieux NutriSciences company says, "Eating a breakfast rich in protein significantly improves appetite control and may help women to avoid overeating later in the day."

    You drink your breakfast.
    Although smoothies and shakes are easy to chug down while on the go, it gives little satisfaction to the stomach. Richard Mattes, PhD, professor of foods and nutrition at Purdue University says, "Because they are a beverage, smoothies may have weaker satiety value than a solid food of similar energy."

    This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com.   

    * Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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