Stop these 5 Bad eating Habits. Obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes 2, are all mostly caused from bad eating habits. Junk food, snacking, and emotional eating are just a few. We can easily fall into these bad routines.
Bad Eating Habits
Recognising them is the 1st step to a healthier lifestyle. It’s not just about what you eat but how much you eat and when!
Consuming Too Many Carbohydrates
Consuming excessive carbs increases your blood sugar and contribute to numerous health problems. This includes refined carbs and starches such as bread, rice, potatoes. Let’s be honest, carb’s taste delicious and keep your cells energised unless you’re on a Keto diet.
If you do now want to get into Keto diet then you should be considering healthier sources of carbohydrates, like whole grains, and vegetables, instead of processed and refined ones like white bread or candies. I also find I need to eat a lot more carbs to satisfy my hunger as usually an hour or so later I’m hungry again. It’s important you stabilise your blood sugar levels and eating too many carbs won’t help you do this.
Eating while your doing something
This used to be one of my worst habits! I’d sit at my computer and work while eating. I’d easily sit through a whole cake, packets of cookies and just about anything my wife would put in-front of me. This includes playing video games or watching tv. Being distracted means you’re more likely to overeat and let’s not forget sitting doesn’t use energy or burn calories.
Come away from the distractions, socialise and practice mindful eating. You may also find you’ll enjoy your food a whole lot more!
Eating when you were not hungry to begin with
Eating because you know it tastes good and not because you needed it. Quite simply, you walk past a local store, coffee shop or bakery and notice your favourite packet of cookies, cake or perhaps even a burger. You know it tastes good so you venture inside, purchase and eat your favourite food. However, you weren’t even hungry to begin with. You only ate it because you like the taste! This leads to overeating. There’s no need to deprive yourself of certain foods especially if healthy. Eat your meals at regular times and know your weaknesses.
It’s not normal not to feel hungry. Wait until it’s time to eat and when your body tells you it’s hungry
Emotional Eating and Making Excuses
So you had an argument with your partner and can’t wait to open that tub of ice-cream. Positive and negative emotions, are known to cause people to eat more. If you’re stressed or having problems talk to a friend or relative. Better still, go for walk and burn a few calories. Anything is better than raiding the fridge which of course does’s solve anything, and will definitely make you feel even worse after. If you feel guilt or shame after eating this may be a sign emotional hunger.
Eating Extremely Large Portions
I used to call it ‘pigging out’ and loved eating at buffets. This will store all those extra calories as fat and slow down your metabolism (converting what you eat and drink into energy. Frequent overeating may indicate a binge eating disorder (BED) in which case you may need to work with your doctor or dietitian.
Eat your food slowly and use smaller plates and don’t forget to watch your portions at restaurants. Avoid the buffets and choose the healthier, food options on the menu.
Bad Eating Habits Conclusion
Remember, it’s not just about what you eat but the quantity you eat. The best diet which worked for me was actually quite simple. I eat Keto foods combined with intermittent fasting. This solved all the above bad eating habits; reducing my blood sugar, clearing diabetes, losing lots of weight and getting back in the gym! It’s never too late for a healthy Laird’s Lifestyle!
You should always consult with a physician before beginning and diet, or fitness routine etc especially if you have pre-existing health conditions or are pregnant.