I'm all about sharing tips on how to pick up healthy habits such as ways to eat more fiber, tips on getting more zzzs, and how to fit in more exercise. You may not realize though that some common everyday choices you make could be contributing to weight gain or poor health, so here are some eating habits you want to avoid.
- A bad breakfast: You know you're not supposed to skip breakfast, but did you know that what you eat in the morning sets the tone for your meals throughout the day? Skip the pastries, energy bars, and sugary juices and enjoy a breakfast that's full of protein, fiber, and healthy carbs such as fruit or whole grain bread.
- Eating on the run: With your busy lifestyle, sometimes you need to grab food when you can. But mindlessly gobbling down food makes our brains feel gypped and unsatisfied, so we end up reaching for more food. Make a point to sit down and enjoy your meals.
- Using a dinner-sized plate for dinner. Traditionally bigger plates are used for dinner entrees, but we tend to feel the need to see our plates full in order to feel like we're getting enough food. In order to eat an appropriate portion for supper, use a smaller salad or dessert plate instead.
Find out what other common unhealthy habits you might be making when you read more.
- Three meals a day: Studies have shown that eating smaller, more frequent meals rather than the standard three a day may prevent overeating and keep your metabolism steady.
- Eating in front of the TV: It seems like every commercial I see displays decadent and calorie-laden foods, so no wonder you're tempted to run to the kitchen for some nibbles. If watching TV triggers you to nosh, grab some cut up fruit instead of chips, or use commercials as a time to hit the floor and do some push-ups, crunches, or stretches.
- Weekend splurges: You've maintained a balanced diet all week. The weekend is the time to reward yourself, right? Not so fast. Many people end up consuming an extra 300 calories a day on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, causing a weight gain of a few pounds a year. The biggest source of those extra calories is breakfast, since people often trade in their usual bowl of cereal for eggs, bacon, and pancakes. Alcohol is another culprit, so try to stick to one drink a day for your health and your waistline.