It’s 7am and there’s an hour until you’ve got to leave for work. Why waste valuable pillow time when you can just grab a bite on the walk to the station? Because you’re tricking yourself, thats why.
Research shows that walking distracts your brain, so it doesn’t remember eating and you stay hungry, which leads to overeating.
And the problem doesn’t stop there! Apparently, any form of distraction during meals can have the same effect. So catching up on Made In Chelsea over a quick lunch time pasta pot is likely to leave you looking less than svelte.
Lead author of the study Professor Jane Ogden said: “When we don’t fully concentrate on our meals and the process of taking in food, we fall into a trap of mindless eating where we don’t track or recognise the food that has just been consumed.”
So stash away that magazine and focus on your delicious breakfast. Why not try these great fat-burning breakfast ideas from Health.com?
1. Blueberry Oat Pancakes with maple yoghurt
Ingredients: Old-fashioned rolled oats, low-fat cottage cheese, eggs, vanilla extract, blueberries, cooking spray, Greek-style low-fat yogurt, maple syrup
See how it’s made here
2. Banana and almond butter toast
Ingredients: Almond butter, rye bread, banana
Watch the tutorial here
3. Breakfast barley with banana and sunflower seeds
Ingredients: Water, pearl barley, banana, sunflower seeds, honey
See how it’s done here
Everyone knows a banana is the perfect energy shot to get you on your feet in the morning. Our tip is to pick a green tinged one, a slightly under ripe banana is packed full of extra vitamins and nutrients.