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Common Unhealthy Eating Habits to Avoid

Avoid These Common Unhealthy Eating Habits

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.

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  • 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.
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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 6 years
I love watching TV & eating dinner (one of my THREE meals) on my dinner sized plates/bowls! I do make time to eat and bring food with me when I know nothing healthy is going to be provided though!
Fitness Fitness 6 years
LeiraElle - That's a great point! Eating alone can cause you to overeat. You could prepare a dinner, serve yourself a portion, and then put the rest in the fridge. That way you'll prevent eating more than you should, and you'll also have dinner ready for the next night.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I'm only guilty of eating in front of the TV. Although, in my defense, I actually leave the TV on just for the background noise; not because I'm actually watching it. I also use a dinner-plate for my salads...otherwise, I spill too much. Besides, I figure you can't usually have too many veggies.
LeiraElle LeiraElle 6 years
Another unhealthy eating habit: eating alone! I live alone, and its sooo tough to plan a meal and slowly eat it, rather than grabbing whatever is in the fridge and sitting down to my laptop. Whenever I share a meal with someone else, its so strange to not gobble it all as quickly as possible. I need to find a good trick for this (other than asking my boyfriend to move in. Yikes).
Beaner Beaner 6 years
My hubby so does the first one, especially on the weekends. He'll wake up and go to this bakery down the street and pick up a chocolate chip scone, maple coffee cake, cinnamon bun, or a danish, and eat it with coffee and wonder why he feels like crap an hour later. I started to get him to eat eggs or yogurt with it so he still feels like he's getting a sweet treat, but he's also getting protein too.
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 6 years
I hate it when I read healthy articles like this and then i see that yummy muffin staring me in the face lol... gahh! =P Guess I'll stick to my yogurt Lol. Great tips though!
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