What to eat to lose weight, you think every morning and drink a glass of freshly squeezed juice. But in vain. Because it is this cup that prevents you from shrinking by a couple of sizes. However, not only him, there are other morning habits that interfere with our harmony. Alexander Filimonov, a trainer, nutritionist, consultant to NL International, told us about them.
1. A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice
It is the harmless orange fresh juice that is fraught with the effect of a slow-motion bomb in the morning, which will manifest itself in the deposited fat on the sides. In addition to beneficial vitamin C and fiber, our body receives a significant amount of natural sugar and fructose. As a result, we load the body with simple carbohydrates, which are instantly used by the brain as a source of energy and nutrition, but short-term. Fructose does not accumulate in the muscles in the form of glycogen (the source of muscle energy), but the surplus of this unused energy will necessarily go into the fat depot (deposits), and the positive effect of such a product will come to naught. Plus, high-calorie fruits will take up most of your daily calories in the morning, limiting your intake of more important nutrients. In fact, in order for the energy to be long-lasting, and the calories consumed not to be empty, it is necessary to include complex carbohydrates in the diet - oatmeal and buckwheat, which will also serve as a building material for our muscles.
2. A spoonful of honey with water on an empty stomach
Another myth, inspired by many years of experience of "experts" in weight loss. The beneficial properties of honey today are very dubious and controversial, but those empty calories are quite real. As in the situation with juice, we load our digestive tract in the morning with simple carbohydrates. Water with honey dissolved in it is no longer useful, unlike simple pure water, which starts the work of the gastrointestinal tract, the cardiovascular system and affects the rest of the most important functions of the body. Honey in porridge does not increase the healthiness of breakfast, but it inevitably adds calories to food.
3. Muesli, cereals and quick breakfasts that promise to shed those extra pounds
Here you should pay attention to the composition of the product. We will definitely meet everyone's favorite sugar. Why is it needed? Both muesli and flakes are useful products, they contain fiber and trace elements, but, alas, they are not very tasty, insipid. And with sugar, this is a completely different taste, more familiar and pleasant, but affecting the waist. In addition, adding milk to such a product increases the calorie content of breakfast (not to mention the contained lactose, which is not absorbed by most people).
4. Yogurt, rich in protein and improving digestion
We act according to a proven scheme: we look at the composition of the product. In 90% of cases, sugar will be indicated on the wrapper. 100 g of product contains from 2.5 g to 5 g of protein (if you're lucky). The same boiled eggs contain about 13 g of protein and zero carbohydrates. The choice is obvious. Well, for better digestion, it is better to choose prebiotics, since the usefulness of those in yogurt is negligible. The bottom line is, as before: eating yogurt in the morning saturates the body with useless calories and spoils the figure. Choose natural, sugar-free yoghurts, no fillers, and be sure to include complex carbohydrates and digestible proteins in your morning meal.
5. The habit of not eating in the morning in order to lose weight sooner
And here lies a fatal mistake. If in the morning there are no calories, the body inevitably begins to engage in self-indulgence, the process of catabolism starts - the breakdown of its own amino acids, the building material of muscles and internal organs. The next meal will not replenish this protein balance, since the skipped breakfast is perceived by the body as stress, respectively, all subsequent calories / food will be deposited in the fat depot in order to stock up on potential energy in reserve. A simple scheme: if we don't eat, then we get fat! All this is supported by the stress hormone, cortisol, which, among other things, interferes with the process of fat burning, due to eating disorders.
One simple rule to remember: breakfast should be complete, rich in fiber and protein, and then you will not only gain lightness and energy for the whole day, but also form a dream figure without accumulating extra pounds in the form of fat!