Perhaps the biggest factor that contributes to weight gain is poor eating habits. If you are unable to stop these poor practices from occurring, then trying to lose any extra pounds becomes an uphill battle. Thankfully, with a little bit of self discipline and understanding, anyone is able to break their bad habits even after years of doing them. In today’s post, we’ll provide some simple tips on how you can stop poor eating practices.
1. Avoid Eating in front of the TV or Computer: Sitting in front of an electronic screen while eating makes individuals space out, resulting in them consuming more calories on average. When you do eat, make sure your sole point of concentration is the food.
2. Avoid Objects that cause Associations: Our habits are often reinforced by external influences which trigger us towards certain actions. For example, passing the ice cream parlor may prompt us to eat something sweet. Ideally, you would want to avoid passing objects which cause the association in the first place. If this is not possible, then satisfy your craving with a healthy alternative. For example, if you feel the need to eat something sweet after passing the ice cream parlor, make sure to snack on a fruit rather than a sugary pastry.
3. Practice Proper Snacking: You can eat at more times than just breakfast, lunch or dinner, but make sure when you do that it is a low fat, low sugar food under 200 calories. Responsible snacking can actually promote weight loss when practiced properly.
4. Drink More Water: You would be surprised at how many times what we think is hunger turns out to simply be dehydration. Make sure that you are getting enough water every day, and drink when you first start to get hungry to see if it satisfies your health.
5. Get Enough Sleep: Many times, our bad eating habits can be worsened or triggered because we lack enough rest. Fatigue leads to overeating, so make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
6. Eat Slowly: Many times we overeat simply because we’re consuming food too fast. By slowing down the rate at which we chew, not only do we savor the food more, but we also become fuller faster.
Keep in mind that it is best to implement these changes slowly. Making radical changes over night will only increase your chances of relapsing into bad habits again. As always, it is never a bad idea to speak with your doctor in regards to modifications with your diet. They can help guide you as what would be the best way to properly implement these changes in your eating habits.
Note: The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.