Are you participating in unhealthy eating habits? Keep reading and find out if your current eating habits is holding you back from successful weight loss.
Have you been trying hard to lose those extra calories or the extra flabby fat that can be seen around your belly? Are you strictly following the diet plan and the workout routine that is given to you? You could still be participating in unhealthy eating habits that are making you gain weight.
Many people make sure that they do all of this but still fail to get proper results that they might be expecting. It is rightly said; Gaining weight is quite simpler than losing weight.
If you gain weight in just about 6 months, it will take at least a year to lose that much amount of weight. Thus, one needs to be patient and determined to achieve his goals.
Apart from the diet plan and the workout routine, have you thought about your overall lifestyle and the way you keep yourself busy at work and at home? You need to think of every little thing that you do during the day that contributes in considerable weight gain.
The most important thing that we need to take care of is the eating habits. It is true that a habit that we have been following since long is hard to change. But, if you want to lose weight and get back into shape, there are a few things that you need to concentrate on.
Let us take a look at a few Bad Eating habits that are usually ignored, but are the major causes for weight gain. The points mentioned here is a step by step process that a person might be following in a day.
1 Skipping Breakfast
Let us begin with this most important meal of the day. Breakfast plays an important role in the way you manage to stay energized and active the whole day. Try to have a breakfast that contains fresh food like veggies, fruit, nut milk and oatmeal to name a few.
You can also have a breakfast that contains high protein such as eggs, uncured bacon, and beans. It will keep you feeling fuller longer. Don’t forget to include fiber as it levels out blood sugar and also keeps you feeling fuller longer.
However busy or tied up you are with your work, make sure you take time out and have a healthy breakfast that will keep you going throughout the day. The most common mistake that people usually do is that they miss this meal.
2. Eating on the Go
The above point mentions that you do not have to miss breakfast. This does not mean that you can carry something in your car and have it while you are driving.
Are you going to concentrate on the road or are you looking into what you are eating? It is difficult to make sure about the kind of food that you are eating and the quantity that goes in while you are concentrating on the vehicles on the road.
Make sure you have enough time to eat your breakfast at home and then move out for work.
3. Snacking at the workplace
This may sound good enough as it is important to eat as and when you feel hungry.
But, watch out for what you are eating and the quantity that you are consuming. People are often found so busy and engrossed in their work that they tend to eat faster and more than the quantity that is actually needed.
You can take some time out a night before and pack a healthy snack that can be had at such times in the office. You can also grab some soaked nuts that can be eaten during this time.
If you still want to eat something, take some 15 minutes off from work, sit aside and eat something healthy. This will make you feel full and will not allow you to feel hungry soon.
4. Munching while you watch television
It is obvious that after a full day of work, you would want to relax back and watch some movies or daily shows on television. It is okay to do so.
But, watch out for what you choose to do along with it. Have you grabbed some snack packets?
Here is where the fats come from. Eating while you are distracted takes away your attention from the food.
You land up eating extra and gain a bloating stomach. Avoid snacking onto something while you are in front of the television or even when you are busy reading a newspaper.
5. Late Dinners
People think that it is alright to eat dinner at anytime in the evening. Although there is no particular time at which you should eat dinner, it is always preferred to have it at least 2 hours before you go off to sleep.
Thus, 8pm is an ideal time when you can have your dinner as you can go to sleep by about 10pm. Another important thing that one needs to remember is to avoid eating anything after dinner.
Make sure that dinner is the last meal of the day.
6. Not enough Sleep
This is in fact a common reason for many to gain weight. Sleep is the most important thing that a body requires. Every cell in the body has worked out enough during the day and now, they all need rest.
Enough of sleep during the night helps one to stay fresh the next day. A recent study also mentioned that people who slept less were found to feel hungry very often. Do you remember the urge you felt while you were at work?
It can be mainly because you did not sleep well the last night. Thus, make sure that you get enough sleep. Do not keep any work that needs to be done after 10pm.
With the change in the lifestyle in this competitive world, people are ignoring all the basic etiquettes simply with the urge to overpower each other.
But, little do they understand that these are the reasons that are causing adverse effects on their health. You will simply need to take some time and think of all the things that you do in a day.
It will help you identify the right and the wrong and thus will help you realize the areas where you are lacking. All you need to do is be patient and thoughtful in all that you do and think before you take that bite!
Reference Link: http://sdpharmaceuticals.com/news/five-ways-stay-fit-work/
James Hundson is a fitness trainer who has been training people who wish to undergo weight loss, strengthen their muscles or even build muscles to make them look bulkier. He has the solutions for almost all fitness related problems. His blog posts have been inspiring many people around the world to adapt to a healthy lifestyle that will help in staying fit for a longer time.
14 Replies to "Eating Habits: Unhealthy Habits Making You Gain Weight"
August 15, 2014 (8:19 am)
This is a great article, especially the “not enough sleep” part. I know if I’m low on sleep, the next day, I just want to EAT EVERYTHING! Not sure I agree with the whole “make dinner the last thing you eat” because what if you’re hungry? Or have an early dinner? I am NOT okay with going to bed hungry 😛
August 15, 2014 (8:29 am)
yes totally agree with all of those. Breakfast is the key!
August 15, 2014 (9:01 am)
I know that sleep is the killer for me! If I’ve had a late night I’m a sugar monster the next day!
August 15, 2014 (10:21 am)
Oh wow for real Cat? Sleep can be tough for me to get as well but I TRY to go to bed by 11 pm. Not that that is early by any stretch.
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August 15, 2014 (3:58 pm)
Mindless Munching–the terrorizer of most people watching TV! I, personally, need at lease 8 hours of sleep every night and I don’t know how others go without. Thanks for sharing.
August 15, 2014 (4:13 pm)
August 16, 2014 (7:17 am)
Uh oh. I eat on the go and snack at the workplace. But, I pack everyday for both. It’s the foods I would be eating if I were at home.
August 16, 2014 (9:52 am)
I have to many meetings back to back I have to eek out time to leave my office so I undereat and starving by 5 pm.
Rachel August 16, 2014 (9:46 am)
Yes to all of these! I am JUST now restarting my GOOD habits that I used to do… and am finding myself FEELING better and actually seeing some weight loss.
Drinking a glass of lemon water FIRST thing in the morning and actually EATING breakfast within an hour of waking are two things that I have seen make a DRASTIC difference for me. 🙂
August 16, 2014 (9:51 am)
I drink water first thing but not lemon water. For some reason the taste is icky to me. I also found I need to eat breakfast. It is a must for me.
Yoly August 19, 2014 (10:06 am)
Yes, yes, yes. Those are the behaviors that I’m working on. I almost have mastered the sleeping more and better by disconnecting from tech gadgets two hours before going to bed and picking up and “old fashion” book to read instead. Now, I’m working on the snacking.
August 21, 2014 (2:09 pm)
I love all your tips… I’ve been guilty of all of these from time to time. #1 is my downfall. If I skip breakfast, my whole day is pretty much shot!
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