Mornings are great, aren't they? The whole day is ahead of you and full of possibilities. If you're trying to lose weight, or maybe just get a healthy start, here are a few things you should do in the morning to help you reach your goals.
Get Some Sun
Soaking up some morning rays can help you drop pounds. According to research, the people who spent more time in morning light had lower BMIs than those who were in the dark, no matter their age, activity level, or what they ate. Just 20-30 minutes of morning sunlight between 8 a.m. and noon is all it takes to reap the benefits.
Take a Shot
Drinking a glass of water is great way to detox the body and get your digestive juices flowing. Why not try kicking it up a notch and adding apple cider vinegar (ACV)? Studies have shown that ACV may help keep you from feeling hungry by slowing stomach emptying; it also lowers the glycemic index of high-carb foods like pasta, meaning it can help you feel fuller longer by slowing the release of glucose into your bloodstream. One tablespoon in a glass of water is a good place to start.
Set aside at least 10 minutes at the beginning of your day to practice mindfulness. Sit quietly and focus on your breath. Meditating every morning can help you feel gratitude for the food you're about to eat, help you feel more satiated, and prevent overeating. Mindfulness can also help prevent stress-based eating.
Working out first thing in the morning helps boost your metabolism and it has been shown to burn more calories than those who work out at other times. Bonus, it will improve your mood and set you up to keep making healthy decisions throughout your day.
Load Up on Protein
A healthy breakfast is always a good way to start the day. Load up that breakfast with more protein and you'll reap the weight-loss benefits. According to a recent study, those who had 30 to 39 grams of protein at breakfast felt less hungry and ate 175 less calories at lunch.