Many people who struggle with maintaining a healthy life style can develop unhealthy
habits related to eating. These unhealthy eating habits can lead to weight gain, weight
loss, or even health issues. There are many different bad nutrition habits to avoid as
well as ways to combat them and adapt a healthier routine.
1- Mindless Eating
Mindless eating can occur due to boredom, in times of stress, or when people are
feeling emotional. Most often, mindless eating can lead you to eating much larger portions
than normal. Having an entire bowl of popcorn or chips while you are watching a movie
will most likely lead to the entire bowl being consumed.
One way to avoid mindless eating is to make sure that the portion size is small. Instead of eating from the bag or filling an entire bowl with popcorn, make a smaller serving in a small container or
sandwich sized bag.
2- Snacking All Day
Snacking throughout the day on foods that are high in carbohydrates most likely will
leave individuals feeling unsatisfied. Snacks that are full of empty carbs should be
swapped for more filling foods that are high in nutrients.
Some snacks that you can keep around are carrots, hummus, yogurt, and almonds. These foods are high in protein and good fats that will help to maintain energy and stave off cravings until the next meal.
3- Skipping Breakfast
Many people skip breakfast because they are running late, too busy, or are just not
hungry. It is important to remember that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
When breakfast is skipped, it slows metabolism and leads to an energy deficit.
If breakfast is not eaten it most often leads you to overeating later in the day. Keeping foods
readily accessible that are easy to eat for breakfast such as granola bars, fruit, nuts,
and yogurt may help give energy that is needed to tackle the day.
4- Eating Late at Night
Eating late at night can lead you to acid reflux, weight gain, and general unwell feelings
when waking up in the morning. Eating a well rounded diet throughout the day will help you to
curve middle of the night cravings.
In a nutshell, make sure that your dinners are high in protein and good fats will also help you maintain satiation levels throughout the night. If your cravings are still present after dinner, have a small snack like an apple or string cheese before heading to bed.
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