If your aim is weight loss, then you will be conscious of your eating habits.
Whatever you call it – diet or healthy eating program – here are a few simple habits that you will need to pay special attention to.
- What Are You Drinking?
Did you know that calories from beverages make up a massive 22% of the average American diet? I have a friend who eats small meals – thinking he’s watching his weight – but then consumes hundreds of calories from beer.
Take time now to examine how many liquid calories you consume.
- Skewed Sense of Portion Size
Overblown portion sizes have to be one of the primary reasons behind the increasing rates of obesity. Research has shown that we tend to eat what is put in front of us – regardless of its size.
Learn to take a serious look at the size of your meals.
- Inadequate Sleep
It may seem odd to include this alongside diet advice. However, there is a link between adequate sleep and successful weight management. The longer you are awake the more you will eat (particularly at night). Sleep is also connected with hormonal function – which again plays a major role in metabolic rate and appetite regulation.
- Bad Memory
Heard of the memory hole? Politicians are notorious for making a gaffe one year, then – in the next year – pretending it never happened. The same thing happens with diet.
It’s very easy to eat without paying attention whatsoever to what you are eating. Before you know it you’ve eaten too much. When we eat very consciously and mindfully we stand a better chance of sticking to the appropriate calorie levels.
- Missing Meals
Admittedly this is controversial. Some people do maintain weight and good health on fewer meals than others. However skipping meals will often lead to poor choices later on in the day. Meals with good protein component will often provide the satisfaction required to prevent a binge later on down the track.
What’s the point in skipping a decent breakfast – just to raid the office vending machine an hour later?