- You Skip Breakfast
It’s totally worth waking up a little extra early in the morning to prepare a decent breakfast. Dr Cheryl Kam of Mint Medical Centre says that missing out on the first meal of the day can set you up for an energy deficit, and by mid-morning or lunchtime, you are so famished that you tend to make unwise food choices or end up eating a lot more than you should.
Breakfast need not be a complicated or time-consuming affair: It takes only a few minutes to spread peanut butter on some toast, soft-boil an egg, or tuck into some Greek yogurt with fruit. If you’d rather not do any food prep first thing in the morning, you could always boil a couple of eggs the night before and munch on them at your desk or on the way to work.
Avoid stodgy breakfast dishes like fried noodles, prata and nasi lemak – these are nutritionally deficient, not to mention, carbohydrate-heavy and can cause your energy levels to spike and crash.