Don't Let These 6 Habits Ruin Your Diet
The funny thing about habits is that sometimes we form them without even noticing. Or, sometimes they're passed on to us from family members and friends.
While there are many good habits, there are also some not so good habits that can affect our overall health and diet. If you're looking to lose weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle, check out these quick bad dieting habits to kick below.
1. Skipping breakfast
You getting tired of people telling you to eat a healthy breakfast, and that it's the most important meal of the day. We're going to remind you here once more just for fun! Studies show that those who skip breakfast are more likely to overeat during lunch. Not only that, but when we skip meals our metabolism slows. Breakfast also gives us the energy we need to take on those busy days. Need we say more?
2. Drinking Calories
Our bodies are prone to feeling much more full when we eat our calories, rather than drink them. Plus, our bodies are also more efficient when we drink water! The next time you're craving a beverage thats loaded with carbs and sugars, give yourself that little reminder not to drink your calories. Your body will thank you for it.
If you're looking to kick this habit, but find yourself bored with regular ol' H2O, give sparkling or infused water a try.
3. Emotional eating
We've all been there. Sometimes it feels good, and can even be a form of self-care, to eat something tasty when we're feeling a little blue. Making a habit out of it, however, won't have the greatest outcome. The best thing to do is to replace this habit with a good one. If you feel the urge to eat when you're stressed or emotional, try doing something else like writing or working out instead.
4. Nighttime Snacking
Those who are trying to lose weight or get in shape may find it a lot harder if they have a habit of eating before bed or in the middle of the night. Some believe this to be a myth, but a study done at Northwestern University found that mice given high-fat foods during the day (when these nocturnal animals should have been sleeping) gained significantly more weight than mice given the same diet at night.
5. Constant Snacking
A healthy snack? Good. Snacking all day, everyday, often on high-fat or high-calorie foods? Not so great. Adding excess calories to our daily intake leads to potential weight gain and related health conditions.
If you don't want to give up on the snacking, try keeping healthier snacks around like fruits, veggies, yogurt, etc.
Excess alcohol consumption can lead to fatty liver. This can severely damage your liver, and affect the way your body metabolizes and stores carbs and fats. The change in the how your body stores energy from food can make it very difficult to lose weight and get healthy.