Everyone has a morning ritual. Whether it’s repeatedly hitting the snooze button, three minutes of stretches or a 30 minute shower; our morning habits are second nature.
But have you ever considered that what sets the tone for your day also sets the tone for your waistline? These five ‘rise and shine’ rituals could be responsible for some unwanted kilos.
When it comes to sleep, there’s a delicate balance between not enough and too much. We know that too little shut-eye impacts concentration, makes us more likely to eat junk food, and suppresses immunity. However, too much sleep can be equally blameworthy.
One study found that people who are genetically prone to obesity are more likely to carry excess body fat if they don’t stick to regular sleeping patterns. The researchers found that high-risk people who slept more than nine hours a night were about 4kg heavier than the norm — regardless of diet, health problems or income level.
Adults who worked shifts or took naps during the day were also more likely to carry excess weight if they had a high genetic obesity risk.
Neglecting your nest
Aren’t one to make the bed? It’s not the kind of laziness you associate with weight gain, but it may be time to pull up your sheets. A survey from the National Sleep Foundation found that 19 per cent of religious bedmakers are better sleepers and more relaxed. Not convinced? Author of The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg states that reconstructing your bed each day can lead to other constructive habits like packing a healthy lunch, hitting the gym or planning a nutritious dinner.