Nutritionists: Here Are 6 Life-Changing Ways to End Bad Eating Habits for Good (and Lose Weight)
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Are you eating clean throughout the day, but still not losing the weight you thought you would? A lot of times this is attributed to bad eating habits.
Quite often, these bad habits creep into our lives without us even noticing them. Despite their sneaky nature though, these habits cause a big problem – they put you at risk for obesity and plenty of other health problems that come along with that.
Do any of these bad habits sound familiar?
- Too busy for breakfast
- “Wow, you eat fast!”
- Dine… with extra wine
- Artificial Sweeteners? At least it’s not sugar!
- Food “rewards”
- Weekend Freedom!
- Food goes great with the new House of Cards season!
- Winging it instead of meal planning
All these habits contribute to us eating in an unhealthy way, especially when trigger foods are involved that become “irresistible” to us. Often, people develop these bad habits because they’re either too busy to properly plan, pay attention and think ahead, or because they just don’t care enough about eating healthy.
Once you get stuck in these habits, it becomes easy to overeat. Therefore, you end up eating an excess amount of calories throughout the week, even though it may have felt like you were eating a lot more salads than usual. Junk food and not focusing on your food are deceptive to the amount you eat and those calories add up fast.
No matter what bad habits have infiltrated your life, the good news is that no bad habit has to be permanent. You are capable of breaking up with food and getting your eating under control.
Give these 6 great tips a try that nutritionists recommend for breaking up with those bad habits:
1. Out of sight, out of mind. Did you bake a whole batch of cupcakes for your son’s soccer team? Instead of leaving them on display, put them in an opaque container so you can’t see them. If you can’t see the food, you’re less likely to want to eat it. A study from Cornell University actually found that those who keep sweet treats in their pantry instead of in plain view weigh up to 29 pounds less!
2. Make it harder on yourself to get the things you crave the most. If you find yourself craving chocolate every day, the last thing you should do is have chocolate on hand. If you have to go to the store every time you want to have some chocolate, you’re much less likely to go for it.
3. Going cold turkey only makes it harder to instill moderation in the future. Learn to moderate your sweets and treats now and take it one step at a time.
4. Learn to love yourself even when you aren’t at your ideal. The goal is to be better than you were yesterday, not to be better than some Instagram fitness model. Focus on improving upon your own habits. Are you enjoying two glasses of wine every night? Allow yourself to feel accomplished when you reduce it to one. Healthy eating is not about living under the philosophy of all-or-nothing.
5. If you stumble and fall, don’t punish yourself. Instead, focus on getting right back on the horse. We’re our own worst critics and it contributes to giving the bad habits more power.
6. Just like you shouldn’t punish yourself, you shouldn’t reward yourself either. If you’re giving yourself a reward instead of finding true motivation, your motivation will falter once you achieve your reward. The progress itself should be your reward. How good you feel should be your reward! You deserve it.
Your bad habits don’t have to dictate your life, not if you don’t let them. Take control now and start getting yourself back on track. Take it one step at a time. You’ve got this, friend.
Do you have any additional tips to add for how to break bad eating habits? Share with us in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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