New Delhi: You’re well aware of the fact that a combination of a healthy diet plan and exercise regime can help you lose or maintain weight. But did you also know that your morning habits can have a significant impact on your weight? It seems how you kick-start your day can also be a trend of weight gain. In other words, some of the things that you do every morning can disrupt your weight loss efforts and stop you from getting a flatter stomach.
If you’re feeling like you’re not seeing desired results despite making changes to your diet and lifestyle, you would want to rethink and take steps to correct a few of your seemingly healthy behaviours that may actually be sabotaging your weight loss. Here are three bad morning habits that can lead to weight gain and give you that ugly belly fat.
Morning habits that can secretly make you gain belly fat
Not making bed
A survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that bedroom comfort is key to getting a good night’s sleep. The researchers found that those who made their bed regularly were 19% more likely to report getting a good night’s rest almost every day compared to those who didn’t. Not getting a good quality of sleep on a regular basis can make you crave for unhealthy foods, which can cause weight gain. So, adopting this good habit of making your bed may result in better sleep, which is a very important component of losing weight.
Beginning the day with coffee & not water
Most people start their day with a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea – instead of water. While coffee has been shown to offer major health benefits, not to mention the stimulating effect of caffeine, it isn’t yet a healthy idea to begin your day with. Instead, it’s always recommended to drink a glass of warm water first thing in the morning as it can help speed up your metabolism and cleanse your body of toxins. You can add some lemon juice to the water, or some green tea. Drinking enough water can also help increase the number of calories you burn, thereby aiding weight loss. So, not drinking water in the morning may disrupt your fitness goals.
Getting dressed in the dark
The fact is, when you get dressed in the dark you could be setting yourself up for weight gain. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that has many functions in the human body, including mineral metabolism. Research has found that vitamin D deficiency is associated with higher levels of belly fat and larger waistlines. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism showed that young women with lower vitamin D levels were significantly heavier and had greater body mass than women with normal levels. Also, one study published in the journal PLOS One suggested that exposure to sunlight in the morning shortly after waking up can lead to decreased body mass index (BMI). So, getting a good dose of sunlight in the morning may help improve health by reducing body fat.
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