Have you ever wondered why you haven’t really lost any weight just yet, even after buying all those healthy foods that will make you the envy of diet practitioners? Well, it might be that your pantry isn’t just the problem, but your habits may be contributing to your lack of progress in trying to lose weight. Bad habits? You may not be aware of this that much, but we do have bad habits that are affecting our diet and nutrition, and the only way to make any progress with losing weight is to start addressing them as soon as possible. How to do this? Here are a few bad habits that you need to learn to break.
The use of the term “bad” with your eating habits
Most of us see our eating habits as bad, that we are not following what other weight watchers are doing, and so on, to the point that we become ashamed of ourselves and go on binge eating. Professional nutritionists recommend that you be careful on how you label your eating habits. If you see that they are harming you, making small changes can start a snowball effect that can improve your overall health and weight.
Not sleeping on time
We always have an excuse not to sleep on time. Work, family gathering, hanging out with friends, and whatnot may keep us from getting a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, missing on our much-needed sleep is causing our weight to go up since we are loading up on foods the following day just to have enough energy to sustain us. This means that we are eating more than is necessary which is harming our weight loss goal. Doctors recommend that we get 6 to 8 hours of sleep every day so that our body has time to recuperate. If you are sleeping correctly, you will be in a much better position to keep your weight down.
Your pantry is packed with snacks
Let’s face it, we are sucker for snacks, whether at the office or at home. Unfortunately, our choices of snacks are not necessarily healthy which means that we are harming our chances of losing weight. If you really want to get your weight down to more normal levels, the best option would be to re-arrange your pantry in a way that the healthy snacks are within easy reach and those that are loaded headed to the garbage bin or at least stored out of sight. Like they say, out of sight, out of mind.
You forget to drink
No, this isn’t the alcohol kind, but rather water. A lot of people are actually dehydrated because they often forget to drink once they become so engrossed with what they are doing. The problem with dehydration is that, we are not helping our digestive system to function properly, plus, we get headaches since we are running out of water in our body. A good rule of thumb when it comes to water is to drink about 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Set a timer if you have to just so you will remember that you have to drink water. It is also a good excuse for you to get up from your chair and walk to the fridge to drink.
Another bad habit that most of us are guilty of is mindless eating. Yes, we often do this at work, or at parties, when our mind is elsewhere while we eat. This causes us to shovel food down our throat without really paying attention to the cues that our stomach is sending.