37 Worst Breakfast Habits for Your Waistline

It’s time to cut the salt already, suggests Lisa Hayim, registered dietitian and founder of The WellNecessities. “So many of our favorite breakfast options are loaded with salt. Hash browns, quick-cook oats, bacon, and even eggs (prepared out of house) can be loaded with sodium. Sodium causes you to retain water, which leaves you bloated from the start of the day,” says Hayim. If you like to give your eggs or oats more flavor, try jazzing them up with red chile pepper flakes, paprika, cayenne or even turmeric or powdered mustard.

 

Put down that can of chemicals or bottle of sugar water, stat! If you’re not a coffee fan and need an instant wake-me-up, then what you need to find is your perfect tea. “I’m a huge fan of matcha, which is a really potent green tea,” says food journalist Kelly Choi, author of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse. “And if you don’t have the patience for piping-hot tea to cool or you’re more of a smoothie person, tea smoothies are awesome options, too!”

 

Cuppa coffee or tea, that is. “A healthy cup of coffee can [contribute to pound creepage] if you add sugary, fatty creamers. Instead, try switching to a sugar-free soy milk, hemp milk, almond milk, or oat milk. After a few days, your taste buds will adjust and you won’t miss the calorie-laden, health-harmful sugar and fat,” says Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, a plant-based dietitian and author of The Vegiterranean Diet and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition.

 

But that’s why we said fantasy. Most of us aren’t getting the nutrients we need every morning to blast fat all day. You can do better—and should. A high-protein breakfast can lead to guaranteed long-term weight loss. Science proved it, according to the new book Zero Belly Breakfasts. Of people who’ve lost 30 pounds or more, 80% kept the weight off by eating a high-protein breakfast every day, according to a study done by The National Weight Control Registry. And while some brands have scrambled to maintain customers by cutting down on sugar and phasing out artificial colors, there’s still a few Cookie Crooks out there.

 

The savory scent of freshly sizzled bacon. The enticing aroma of just-squeezed OJ and then a waft of syrupy goodness swirling around a stack of pancakes. A perfectly flipped omelet with stringlets of cheese oozing out. Last night’s Calvin Klein model hand delivering all of the above for breakfast in bed. This is the stuff morning fantasies are made of.