Unhealthy Eating Habits That Can Ruin Your Diet
Do unhealthy eating habits plague you?
Do you often skip breakfast in the morning?
Do you enjoy eating a lot of junk foods?
Do you starve yourself hoping that you can lose weight fast?
Do you often overeat or simply eat mindlessly?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you should definitely consider working on your eating habits. You may not realize this, but your unhealthy eating habits are probably holding you back from achieving your diet goals.
Given below are bad habits that you should entirely refrain from if you want to eat healthy:
1. Skipping Breakfast
‘’Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I definitely have a hearty breakfast before I do anything. ’’ ~ Mayer Hawthorne
Some people will tell you that skipping breakfast can help you lose weight. After all, you end up eating fewer calories when you do that. Makes sense, right? Well, it is not always the case.
When you don't eat your breakfast, there is always the possibility that you may get hungry, and end up eating a lot of unhealthy stuff like sugary snacks which is never a good idea. It is thus essential to start your day with a healthy breakfast. Not only it will help boost your metabolism, but also decrease your hunger and cravings throughout the day.
2. Eating A Lot Of Junk Foods
‘’I think it's good to eat a bit of everything, but when you eat too much junk food, it's bad for you and for your brain. You don't understand why, but you feel sad. It's because of the junk food! ’’ ~ Stromae
There is nothing wrong with eating your favorite chips or candy once on a blue moon, but it is not something you want to do often if you want to stay healthy.
Junk foods are not only high in calories and low on nutrition, but they are also packed with a lot of harmful ingredients that can seriously damage your health. So, stay away from these highly processed foods and go for the whole food option instead (it is much better for your health).
3. Late-Night Snacking
‘’Try not to eat after 7 P.M. Try to stay away from heavy food in the night, like hamburgers and chicken nuggets. Eat that stuff in the morning or early afternoon.’’ ~ Irina Shayk
If you are a late-night snack fiend, you have some work to do. Get rid of all the unhealthy junk you have at home (even your secret stash). Replace them instead with nutritious options that you can grab if you get a late-night craving.
Have some low-fat yogurt, cottage cheese or other nonfat dairy options at the ready. These foods will satisfy your needs and help you get a good night's sleep as well.
4. Not Having A Balanced Diet
‘’Let me ask you a question: If you never ate a balanced diet, what would happen to your body? You know the answer: Eventually you'd grow weak; you might even open yourself to serious illness or disease. We all need a balanced diet if we are to stay healthy.’’ ~ Billy Graham
A balanced diet is a diet that contains adequate amounts of all the necessary nutrients that your body needs in order to function properly. You nееd a lot of diffеrеnt nutriеntѕ fоr gооd hеаlth, аnd nо ѕinglе fооd ѕuррliеѕ them аll. Yоur dаilу fооd ѕеlесtiоn should include whеаt bаѕеd fооd (bread) аnd оthеr whоlе-grаin products; dairy, vegetables, fruits, lean meats, etc.
It is unfortunate that most people don’t eat a balanced diet. They just don’t have a clue about what it takes to eat healthy, or even worst, they don’t really care. They have a bad habit of eating food for pleasure and comfort without worrying about their own health. Don’t be that kind of person, make sure to have a healthy and balanced diet. You will reap a lot of health benefits and your body will thank you for it.
5. Not Paying Attention To How Much You Eat (No Portion Control)
‘’To be honest with you, I still eat whatever I want. It's all about portion control. I still love pizza, but instead of eating half, I eat a slice. ’’ ~ Bill Engvall
If you are one of the millions of people with this unhealthy eating habit, you will have to learn some new ones. Re-train yourself to control your portion size and learn to recognize what your body feels like when it is hungry and when it is satisfied. If you eat by the clock, you may be overeating without even knowing it.
You would do well to get a portion scale, read labels diligently, and restrict eating to several small meals throughout the day. Wait until your body signals that you are hungry before you sit down to munch. Take away tempting foods and train your body to crave the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of these foods are "guilt-free," and you can eat as much as you like.
6. Starving Yourself To Lose Weight
‘’Eating at regular intervals in small amounts and not starving yourself is the key to maintaining your figures. ’’ ~ Krystle D'Souza
Starving yourself is not the right thing to do if you want to lose weight. Yes, u can initially lose weight by drastically reducing your daily calories intake, but eventually, your metabolism will slow down and you will stop seeing results.
Let’s not also forget that starving yourself can damage your health and make you feel miserable. Here is a piece of good advice, forget about starving yourself and start thinking about living a healthier lifestyle instead. It is really your best bet if you want to lose weight and keep it off.
7. Not Drinking Enough Water
‘’Drinking water is like washing out your insides. The water will cleanse the system, fill you up, decrease your caloric load and improve the function of all your tissues. ’’ ~ Kevin R. Stone
Simply put, most people don’t drink enough water. Your goal here should be to drink at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water daily. Forget about sodas, fruit juices and all the garbage out there. If you are thirsty, drink some plain old H2O. There is nothing exciting about drinking a lot of water, but it is a must if you want to live a healthy life.
8. Eating Too Fast
‘’If you slow it down, eat in courses, your body, mind, stomach will catch up with this full feeling and you won't eat as much. ’’ ~ Guy Fieri
Did you know that the speed at which you eat can determine whether you lose or gain weight? You might be wondering how that is even possible, well, let us explain.
What determines whether we are full or not is basically our hormones. These hormones send a signal to our brain telling it “Hey, this body is full.” But here comes the tricky part. It takes a little longer for your brain to get this signal so if you are a fast eater, you won’t know you are full even when you are until your brain gets the signal and by then you’ve already eaten far more than your body would require.
Imagine if you had just slowed down a bit. That would have made a lot of difference. It is safe to say that eating too fast is a bad habit that a lot of people need to get rid of.
If you recognize yourself in any of these descriptions; good for you! You have made an important step towards replacing unhealthy eating habits with good ones and are on your way to diet success.