You may not realize that you do it, yet when it comes to snacking you have developed some unhealthy eating habits. It could just be a one-off when you are in a hurry or a way to cool down for the day, but it is just as easy for these occasions to become excuses and then mindless routine. Eliminating bad habits and switching to a healthy diet promotes your overall health and can protect you against medical problems like heart disease or cancer. By identifying your bad habits and eating patterns, replacing them with healthy choices, and then maintaining them most days of the week, you can change your bad eating habits and enjoy good health. Below, we have highlighted some of the most common bad Eating habits and how to break away from them.
Skipping breakfast does not mean you are cutting calories. Your brain and body need fuel after a night’s sleep, and breakfast eaters tend to lose weight more easily, while those who skip can feel sluggish during the day. Besides, skipping can give you that small justification to eat more throughout the day to make up for that missed meal. The solution to prevent this is, preparing a small breakfast to take with you so you have food available when gentle signs of hunger do emerge, typically two to three hours later.
Constantly Snacking Throughout the Work Day
While grabbing a healthy snack or two during the day can help tide over cravings and keep your energy up, constant snacking to replace a meal can mean losing track of what you are eating. To curb this behaviour, make sure snacks are not in easy-access places like right on your desk to avoid easy temptation. Then make sure you are not misinterpreting the need for an energizing stretch as hunger. Every hour to hour and a half, plan an active five-minute break from your desk to get your circulation going.
Studies tend to show that when food is consumed late at night, anywhere from after dinner to outside a person’s typical sleep cycle, the body is more likely to store those calories as fat and gain weight rather than burn it as energy. Also, the body’s metabolism also slows as it prepares for sleep and it does not need additional calories. The fix is after dinner, teach yourself to think of the kitchen as being closed for the night. Also, brush your teeth before you sleep and you will want to eat less with a newly cleaned mouth.
Eating When You are Not Hungry
Some people feel the insatiable urge to keep eating, long after they know they are full. Slowing down and taking meals during mealtime instead of quickly shovelling in food, can help you tune into the feeling of satiation so that you do not eat more than you need. Make mealtime an event. Taking a moment to appreciate the colours, textures, aromas, and ingredients on your plate can help you more fully taste the flavours, putting you in better touch with feelings of hunger and fullness. This is eating mindfully.
You think eating can help for the moment when you are in a bad mood or over-stressed. Eating to combat your feelings cannot fix the problem, meaning it can perpetuate itself. Plus, when most people eat to soothe their feelings, they turn towards something unhealthy and lots of it. Avoid using food as your fix and take a walk or exercise instead of eating or call a friend who can be empathetic. You can vent and take some of the stress off your shoulders as long as it keeps you out of food.
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