A lot of us feel guilty about food at some point in our lives and we know there are some things we shouldn’t be doing, but it’s hard to break bad habits.
You may not even realize that some things you do are affecting your weight so we’re here to make it known as to what they are doing to your body.
Here are the biggest mistakes people make:
You eat low-fat foods: you don’t save as many calories as you think. The harmless fats are replaced with low-performing carbohydrates that digest quickly. This causes a sugar rush and crash, which results in hunger.
You don’t sleep enough or sleep too much: by not sleeping enough you run the risk of overeating in the day to have more energy.
You drink fizzy drinks: even the diet kind isn’t great for you. A study from 2005 showed that drinking one or two cans per day increased the chances of being over weight by 33%.
You skip meals, mainly breakfast: by skipping breakfast you are setting yourself up for snacking later on in the day and mostly it is on unhealthy foods. It slows your metabolism and boosts your hunger.
You eat too quickly: eating quickly doesn’t give your brain time to realize that it’s full so you carry on eating and move on to other foods only to realize that you are bloated within 20 minutes, the time it takes for your brain to recognize the stomach is full.
You don’t have portion control: by cooking a lot and piling it onto a plate we feel the need to eat everything and not leave any waste for the bin. This will pile on the pounds in no time. Using a smaller plate and weighing food before you cook it can help control portion size easily.
You avoid all fats: not all fats are bad for you, in fact we need fats to keep our diet balanced and healthy. They help to absorb vitamins, as well as keeping us fuller for longer.
You don’t hydrate enough: sometimes when we are thirsty it is mistaken for hunger, when what we really need is to hydrate our body. By drinking more water you will feel fuller between meals and possibly lose weight by cutting down calories.
You are an emotional eater: a lot of people overeat when they are stressed or upset. You can distract yourself by doing an activity so as not to go towards the kitchen.
You eat in front of the TV: by not giving your food your full attention you often end up eating more when sat in front of a TV by having snacks that you know you shouldn’t be eating.
You eat out a lot: it makes you more likely to over-indulge and eat more than you should, especially if you arrive there on an empty stomach.
You eat whilst working: you will eat more quickly and not pay attention to what you are consuming. By packing you lunch the night before you can control portion sizes easily and you won’t need to go out and have anything that isn’t the healthiest option.
Hopefully this article has brought to your attention some things that you can change to lead a healthier lifestyle.
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