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Eating Habits that are Derailing You!

A healthy breakfast?photo © 2008 Just a Temporary Measure | more info (via: Wylio) With so many tempting foods out there to eat, sometimes it can be a real struggle to eat healthy. But, there may be other daily habits that are sabotaging your goals. Read on!

1. Waste not, want not.

Did your parents always instruct you to clean your plate? Mine, too! However, think of it like this, either way, the food is going to waste — depending on whether you spell it “waste” or “waist.” How to curtail this pressing need to clean your plate? Start with smaller portions. It’s okay to go back for seconds, but you may find that you’re satisfied with the smaller amount.” If you’re eating out at a restaurant, ask for a to-go box and wrap up a portion immediately so it’s out of sight.

2. You restrict yourself too much from the “bad” foods.

Studies show that treating yourself once in a while will do far more for your diet than to never splurge. In fact, it may encourage you to binge! In a study of 30 normal-weight women, half were given unlimited access to chocolate and half were told it was forbidden. Twenty-four hours later, the second group was allowed to eat as much chocolate as they wanted — and they ate more than the group who had been allowed chocolate all along. Allow yourself your favorite things every now and then, and savor everything you eat.

3. You want to eat what everyone else is eating.

Just because your friend can down a burger and fries for lunch and stay thin doesn’t mean you can. Fair or not, some people are simply born with a faster metabolism than others. Learn what keeps you at a healthy weight and stick to that. Enjoy the food and the company, and you may find your portion is actually enough.

4. You don’t bother cooking for one.

You’re having dinner solo tonight and it hardly seems worth it to make a big fuss over just you. So you end up grazing, having “just” some cheese and crackers, then some cookies, then maybe some leftover pasta … until you’re stuffed, and still haven’t had a proper meal. Instead, try cooking ahead of time and freezing single portions, or using a slow cooker. You can put some ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and come home to a nice meal!

5. You skip breakfast to save calories.

Ignoring breakfast isn’t going to save big calories. Trust us. You’ll become so ravenous, you’ll likely gobble down whatever you can get your hands on at the following meal. The reasons: Physically, your blood sugar plummets, making you feel famished; emotionally, you may feel entitled to consume more. Plus, when you deprive yourself of food, your body thinks there isn’t a source of nourishment readily available. As a result, your metabolism moves at a snail’s pace. And we all know — the slower your metabolism, the harder it’ll be to lose weight.  Done and done.

Sources: http://www.shine.yahoo.com.

7. You think you have a slow metabolism, so you’re eating way less.

It really takes at least 1,500 calories daily — with carefully chosen foods and a multivitamin/mineral for insurance — to get all the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients you need. But if your metabolism is superslow, you can probably get away with consuming 1,200 calories per day, supplemented by a multivitamin and two 500 mg calcium pills. Your food choices must be high in nutrients, though (vegetables, a few fruits, whole grains only, lean meat, skinless poultry, fish, and healthy fats). There’s no room for junk food! Also, try eating smaller portions, more often throughout the day. This will prevent binging and causing your blood sugar to dip too low.

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