Everyone grows up with bad eating habits. Most bad habits are learned at an early age but some develop through a lack of knowledge or general indifference.
For optimal health and weight loss, it’s important that you get rid of your bad eating habits, but how do you do that if you’re not even aware of them? Check out our list of 7 of the most common bad eating habits and see if any of these apply to you!
1. Not Eating Enough Meals Each Day
This has to be the most common bad eating habit that exists, almost everyone does it. The vast majority of us only have one to three meals a day. There are many problems with this. This eating habit overloads your body with food to metabolize. This results in fewer nutrients being used as they should and more fat being stored away.
It also hampers your metabolism and leads to slowed metabolism which is not only bad for your health but bad for the scale too. It is recommended that you eat five to seven smaller meals a day and space them out two to three hours apart. This will allow you to stay full throughout the day and puts your metabolism at its best.
2. Eating Out
If you have the money to eat out, it’s ok head out to a restaurant for a nice meal every once in awhile. What you can’t do though is stop at McDonald’s on the way home because you don’t want to spend time cooking dinner. Fast food is a major no-no for both dieting and general health purposes.
There are few healthy options on the menu at fast food restaurants and you will likely find yourself just eating a chicken breast and vegetables once you eliminate all the bad stuff. If you feel like eating out at any time then be sure to plan ahead and stick to something that is healthy and offers nutritional value to your body.
If your diet is not regulated then your metabolism will be put through misery. You will want to make sure that your daily calories are hovering in the same range every day. There may be as much as 500 calories difference in a given day and zigzagging calories is proven beneficial to your metabolism.
However, your average daily intake must balance out to be roughly the same after multiple weeks. By pushing intake levels to extremes you will be damaging your metabolism and depriving your body. This may lead to the body entering starvation mode, storing most food as fat and using muscle mass for energy.
4. Skipping Breakfast
Skipping meals is technically a type of inconsistency, but it is a bad habit in itself. Many skip breakfast simply for convenience purposes or because they are not hungry in the morning. You’ve heard it before but it’s worth saying again – breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
You sleep all night and your body receives no new nutrients to put to use. It is crucial that you avoid skipping breakfast as it is responsible for nutritional replenishment. This meal will give you energy to start the day and it will keep you full for a while as well. Basically, skipping breakfast may send your body into starvation mode as it has been nutritionally deprived for a while. This can cause many problems such as fat gain, muscle loss, and cravings which can be a huge pain when dieting. Ever have an afternoon craving for junk food? Making sure your body gets a good breakfast can help with that.
5. Late Night Eating
Many of us fall victim to the late night snack or late supper. It may seem sensible not going to bed on an empty stomach, but going to sleep completely full isn’t great for weight loss. You will likely sleep for six to ten hours. While sleeping your body is in a rested state and requires no new energy. Since your body will not use the food you just ate as an energy source, a lot of it is stored as fat
Because of this, late night eating – especially carb consumption – should be avoided whenever possible. If you find yourself too hungry to sleep, then a light snack of vegetables or possibly lean protein like fish or chicken breast would be recommended.
6. Eating Too Much or Too Little
Eating too much or too little is serious issue. This usually occurs due to a busy lifestyle or lack of knowledge on the appropriate daily intake. Whether trying to lose weight or not, you should know what the healthy intake is for you to maintain your current weight. Your basal metabolic rate is easily calculated and will give you an idea on your daily caloric intake for weight maintenance. By eating significantly less or more your body is at risk of muscle and strength loss, weight gain or loss, and many medical problems.
7. Eating The Wrong Foods
The truth is that most of us do not have a very healthy diet. We indulge in sugary, salty, and greasy foods. For a lot of us, it has gotten to a point where even our vegetables need to be sweetened or greasy for us to enjoy them.
Too much sugar can cause or influence countless serious medical problems such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, periodontal disease, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and atherosclerosis. Too much salt can lead to health issues such as high blood pressure, osteoporosis, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, stomach cancer, and stroke. With many foods having negative health effects it is crucial to make the effort and create a diet plan or food list so your diet is not harming your body and health.