1. Twit Less, Sleep More!
If you're reading this and scratching your head thinking, "How the heck does my phone relate to weight loss?", you"re not alone. You're wasting minutes (or hours) trolling the Internet instead of sleeping. A study from the Endocrine Society found a loss of 30 minutes of sleep per day can promote weight gain, insulin resistance, and negatively affect your metabolism in the long run.
2. Eating Less Doesn't Mean Weighing Less
Weight loss isn't a simple cause-and-effect scenario where eating less equates to weighing less. When you limit your caloric intake too much, you throw off ghrelin and leptin levels. These two key metabolic hormones raise and suppress your appetite. Stop counting calories and put your attention on the quality of food you're eating.
3. Put Vegetables in Breakfst
Vegetables for breakfast probably aren't your top choice, but they should be. Green foods are essential for providing fiber to feel full and B vitamins to energize every cell in your body and keep your metabolism on full-speed.
4. Put Less Sugar in Your Coffee
Think about how many add-ins you pour into your coffee. How many spoonfuls of sugar? Most people don't realize it, but according to the American Heart Association, the general recommendation of daily sugar intake for men is no more than 37g or 9 tea-spoons (about 150 calories). Try cinnamon and unsweetened coconut milk instead.
5. Protein for Breakfast
According to a study done at the University of Missouri, a breakfast containing 35g of protein helps prevent weight gain, reduces your daily intake of food, staves off hunger and stabilizes your glucose levels. More specifically, a high-protein morning meal can help you consume 400 fewer calories in a day and burn more fat over time. Reap the day-long benefits of the perfect breakfast by chowing down on eggs, dairy, and even lean pork.