“Eat Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, and Dinner Like a Pauper”.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and skipping it should be considered a sin. It is the first meal of the day, and it is the meal that the body uses to top up its glucose levels after eight to twelve hours of fasting. Skipping this meal could have an adverse effect on your weight.

Here are the top 5 breakfast mistakes that we should always avoid:

1: Juicing your fruit

The juicing process causes the fruit to lose most of its vitamins, minerals and fibre. Instead, replace your juice with a glass of water and a whole fruit. It will save you time and some extra calories. You’ll feel fuller without feeling fatter.

2: Beware of fattening breakfast treats

Doughnuts and muffins are tempting but they can cause as much as an entire meal’s caloric consumption. When placed in front of you, take a deep breath and politely put them away. Do not give in to temptation.

3: Watch your caffeine intake

One cup of coffee or tea could help boost your mood and metabolism, but avoid drinking multiple cups of coffee. Too much caffeine can cause sleep deprivation and reflect on your body in a negative way.

4: Avoid breakfast buffets

Stick to one serving and avoid overeating! Buffets and large breakfast spreads could make you eat more than you need or initially intend to. Keep it healthy and do not stuff yourself silly by opting for sugar coated cereals, doughnuts and fruit cocktails. Instead, choose healthier options like eggs, leaner meats, oats, wheat flakes and milk.

5. Do not rely on breakfast bars

Most commercial granola bars are just cookies and calories in disguise. A little peanut butter on a whole wheat slice is always a better and healthier option!