5 unhealthy eating habits that lead to weight gain

5 unhealthy eating habits that lead to weight gain

Old habits die hard, and that especially goes for eating habits. It can also be hard to tell the good from the bad, given the proliferation of false information on the internet and the hidden calories in fast food and groceries. Worst of all, you might be eating what you think is a healthy diet, but you're still packing on the pounds.

So what’s wrong? Are you eating too much or too little? Are you eating too quickly or too slowly? Is there such a thing as too many fruits and vegetables? We're here to clear the air and help you recognize the bad habits preventing you from losing weight.

Distracted eating. Perhaps you watch TV while eating dinner, or you eat lunch at your desk every day. When other things are vying for your attention, your meal takes a backseat, meaning you don't fully enjoy it. When that happens, you tend to eat more and become hungry again sooner.

Healthy gone haywire. Extras can be the downfall of your healthy diet. Dousing your salad with tons of dressing, fancying up your healthy sandwich with mayonnaise or adding loads of full-fat creamer to your coffee can add hundreds of calories to your meal in seconds.

Lack of preparation. When you’re hungry and the refrigerator is empty, you’re more likely to order something unhealthy or pick up a tasty snack at the store. Prepare for this situation by grocery shopping when you’re not hungry and picking out healthy meal options for the week. That way you won’t find yourself choosing between fast food and a shopping trip.

Drinking your calories. An occasional soda now and then is understandable, and a beer or glass of wine with dinner is fine once in a while. But it’s a lot easier (and faster) to drink down your calories than eat them, and they add up quickly. Keep an eye on your drinking habits to keep your scale in check.

Letting go on the weekends. Too many people adhere to their healthy diets Monday through Thursday and let loose as soon as Friday evening hits. An overindulgent weekend can easily undo all the hard work you’ve put in during the week. Keep your splurges to a single meal per week rather than spreading it out over the entire weekend.

Speak with your healthcare provider to learn more about which unhealthy habits might be sabotaging your weight loss progress.

Posted: 8/17/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: eating, habits, healthy, loss, weight

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