But Pick the Right Protein

But Pick the Right Protein

Sure, bacon and sausage make your tastebuds sing, but they should be a tasty cheat, not starring in your regular A.M. rotation. The reason: Many brands of cured meats are loaded with potentially harmful nitrites and saturated fat—bad news for your heart and waistline alike. To stay safe and start slimming down, opt for Applegate Naturals’ Natural Classic Pork Breakfast Sausage. Made with humanely raised animals and minimal ingredients, Applegate’s version of the classic breakfast side delivers a solid protein-to-fat ratio. Or better yet, get your morning protein from a source like eggs, canned wild salmon (one of the Best Fish for Fat Loss) or Greek yogurt.

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7 Balance That Protein with Good Carbs and Fiber
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“The protein and fiber are what’s going to fill you up, and fats help with satiety,” says Kaufman. She adds that both fats and protein break down slower in the body, keeping you full for longer. The carbohydrates are what is going to give you the energy to get through your day as they are stored as glycogen, our first line of energy. “You can find them in foods like bananas or whole grains,” she says.

8 Head to YouTube
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While watching two hyperkinetic baby goats wearing pajamas jump around for five minutes can be easily thought of as a waste of time, anything that tickles your funny bone can pack a bona fide metabolism boost. Think we’re kidding? It’s no joke: Genuine laughter may cause a 10–20 percent increase in basal energy expenditure and resting heart-rate, according to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity. That means a 10-15 minute giggle fest could burn up 40 to 170 calories. Pairing your breakfast with something that makes you LOL could pay dividends.

9 Sprinkle on the Pepper
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What do avocado toast, omelets, egg sandwiches and frittatas have in common? They all taste great with a sprinkle of pepper. Piperine, the compound that gives black pepper its characteristic taste, has been shown to stop adipogenesis, the formation of new fat cells. This can help shrink your waistline, lower your cholesterol levels and give you that flat belly look your crave.

10 Have Protein Bars Nearby
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“Sometimes (or maybe all the time), all you need is that five extra minutes of sleep, and breakfast no longer fit into your morning routine,” says Shapiro. She suggests putting out a snack that you can take with you on your way out the door. This way, you won’t skip breakfast entirely; or if you had breakfast, you have a snack for later in the day in case you need something healthy to munch on.

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