Worst Breakfast Habits for a Flat Belly, Say Dietitians

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Having this habits can cause belly bloat and weight gain—especially on your belly.

Research has demonstrated time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? Besides increased alertness and concentration and having a higher quality diet, it can also help you lose belly fat or attain a flatter, bloat-free tummy.

“Many of breakfast’s benefits relate to reducing belly fat. Eating breakfast helps kick-starts metabolism and in doing so, reduces the risk for obesity,” says Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LD, FADA, registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “In fact, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey demonstrated that breakfast eaters were more likely to have a BMI under 25.”

If you’re looking for a flatter belly, you also want to avoid bloat.

“Bloating can be caused by a number of factors including diet, hormones and certain medical conditions like food allergies or intolerances,” says Amber Pankonin, MS, RD, LMNT, registered dietitian and founder of food blog Stirlist. “In order to reduce bloat through diet, it’s important to eat a high protein breakfast with some fiber to help reduce constipation. Consuming foods that are high in sugar for breakfast can leave you feeling unsatisfied and hungry.”

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