First , before I tell you what foods to avoid, let's talk about what you should be eating for breakfast and why. When you wake in the morning, your body is in a fasted state and using fat for fuel. Once you ingest carbohydrates, you switch fuels and the fat buring stops. Moving carb intake to later in the day allows you to burn fat longer. That's what you want! Right?

Second, a high fat, high protein breakfast has been shown to improve focus and mental drive. Save carbs for later in the day in order to stay leaner. This may seem atypical and take some time to get used to, but once the habit is created, it becomes second nature and the benefits are out of this world.

So, here are the 4 items you need to avoid for breakfast:

Breakfast pastry: muffins, doughnuts, bear claws and croissants sure taste good with coffee, but all those refined carbs are going to cause unwanted weight gain.

Granola Bars: watch out for the breakfast bars that claim to give you fiber, vitamins and minerals. Check the number of carbs and sugars on the back of the label – most contain the same amount of sugar as a pastry.

Cereal: here's another popular breakfast item that has tons of sugar lurking beneath its surface.

Drive Thru Breakfast Sandwich: don't even think about heading to the drive thru for a quick breakfast sandwich. Instead grab a few hard boiled eggs, string cheese and almonds from home to enjoy on your commute.

 

 

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