If you want to age gracefully, you need to break some bad habits. Here are the worst breakfast habits aging you faster:
- Skipping Breakfast
Skipping breakfast has been linked with weight gain and poor nutrition. Skipping meals can throw off blood sugar levels, making you more likely to overeat later in the day.
- Eating Only One Kind of Food
If you eat nothing but cereal for breakfast, your body will get used to that nutrient profile and crave it all day long. Try to eat a variety of foods (including protein) at breakfast so your body gets what it needs instead of craving junk later on.
Drinking Soda or Sweetened Drinks
Soda is loaded with sugar that can cause your blood sugar to spike, which leads to cravings later in the day and increased belly fat over time. If you’re having trouble kicking soda or sweetened drinks, try switching to diet versions first — they have fewer calories and may help curb your cravings over time.
- Eating Too Much Sugar
A bowl of sugary cereal might give you a quick burst of energy, but it will be short-lived and leave you feeling sluggish once the sugar wears off — which could be as early as 30 minutes after eating! The best thing to eat for breakfast is something that contains protein and fiber so that it will keep you satisfied longer. Skip the pastries at Starbucks or muffins at McDonald’s; they’re loaded with sugar and not good for keeping your blood sugar levels stable.
- Drinking Coffee
Coffee is great for your health, but only if you drink it in moderation. If you drink too much coffee or if you drink it with sugar and creamers, it can cause inflammation in your body and increase insulin resistance (one of the biggest causes of diabetes).