8 Habits to drop for a healthy lifestyle
At the start of a new diet, most would religiously follow the diet. But as time goes by, it so happens that old habits kick in and mess up all the effort you have put in. In order to adapt to new diet plans, unhealthy eating habits need to be dropped. Let’s zero-in on what those are
1. Regular alcohol consumption
Alcohol tends to increase the appetite making you eat a lot more than you want to. Cocktails are rich in calories and add up to your existing weight. Most of the time, it is difficult to keep a tab on the amount of alcohol and food consumed when you were drunk. Reducing alcohol consumption to once a week or becoming a teetotaler for a month will show you dramatic weight loss results.
2. Eat healthy diet food
Most of the diet food listed on the diet plans is expensive and not filling. This makes a person eat twice or even thrice the amount of food mentioned on the diet plan. This entirely disrupts the purpose of diet plan. It is possible to restrict yourself to strict diet for a short period of time. But to make sure you have a healthy diet plan, it is important to include the food that is filling and healthy.
3. Give up processed food
Fast lifestyle leaves no room to cook healthy food. But it is a fact that processed food is unhealthy. Human body is not designed for processed food. Studies have confirmed that a human body burns 50% more calories metabolizing whole foods when compared to processed foods. Opt for the food that can be cooked easily and falls within your diet plan at the same time.
4. Overeating healthy food
In the process of breaking old habits and forming new food habits, we tend to eat more of healthy food. This is mostly because of the void that we are trying to fill of giving up the old food that we loved so much for many years of our lives. It is always good to stop eating a little before you become full, so don’t worry if you don’t feel full when you change your diet. As long as your body is getting the nutrition it needs, you’re doing good.
5. Don’t skip meals
Not eating for a lot of hours affects in two ways. First, you burn lesser calories to compensate for the much needed energy that the body did not get over many hours. Second, you will over-eat the next meal. Eating very little in the morning and then stuffing yourself during the next meal does not compensate. The quantities and time of consumption is as important as the meal you consume. Eat larger meals before active hours and smaller before less active hours. During your waking hours, don’t go more than five hours without eating.
6. Calories consumed.
Every food quantity has it’s calorie count. So you need to keep a check on how many calories are being consumed every meal. You keep a count of calories consumed to make sure you don’t go below or above it. Going below doesn’t give your body the nutrition it deserves, going above doesn’t get you the diet results. You don’t have to be obsessed about the calories to the point that it stresses you out. An easy way to monitor is to check the quantities of food you must be eating to reach the calorie count, and then not exceeding it unless you are really hungry. Eventually, your body will get used to it.
7. Embrace good fat.
There are foods containing good fat. It is important that you intake them in right quantities. Avocado, nuts, olive oil and the like contain good fat. We should be consuming them on a daily basis. Products containing bad fats should be substituted with good fats to get the balance in body. Human body needs fats. Only the excessive and unnecessary fats are to be removed.
8. Avoid emotional eating
We tend to eat more when we are happy, angry, sad, anxious or depressed. This habit needs to be broken by finding out more ways to cope with your emotions the right way.