These 5 sneaky habits may be sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. Here’s how to break ’em.
If your healthy eating efforts feel like they are being undermined, you may be making some tricky eating mistakes. There are several sneaky habits that can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. While there are no “bad” foods, there are smarter ways to eat, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.
1. Bad Habit to Break: Keeping Tempting Foods Around
It’s hard to resist temptation when it’s staring you in the face. You’re much more likely to grab cookies, candy or ice cream if it’s always in your house. Do yourself a favor and keep tempting foods out of your sight. If you’re going to keep irresistible snacks at home, stash them inside a cupboard (maybe on a top shelf?). Keep your fruit displayed proudly out on the counter and pre-chop veggies so they’re ready for snacking.
2. Bad Habit to Break: Skipping Breakfast
You might think that skipping breakfast-a whole meal!-would help you cut calories, but the research says that eating breakfast can better help you lose weight. Breakfast eaters tend to weigh less and are more successful at losing weight-and keeping it off-than those who skip the meal. What’s more, people who typically eat breakfast also get more fiber, calcium, vitamins A and C, riboflavin, zinc and iron. Not hungry when you first get up? Don’t worry. Eating breakfast doesn’t have to be the first thing you do each day. Just make sure that when you do eat, your meal is something that will sustain you for a few hours-it should include some fiber and protein.
3. Bad Habit to Break: Distracted Eating
4. Bad Habit to Break: Eating Straight Out of the Bag
5. Bad Habit to Break: Eating on the Run
Eating in the car, snacking at your desk, drinking a high-calorie smoothie or latte
Culled from Eating Well