Habit 1: Emotional Eating
Does having a bad day at work send you running to the nearest drive-thru? Finding comfort in the food we eat is a typical emotional response to stress. The thing is, most comfort foods people tend to enjoy are high in calories so this can be a real stumbling block if you’re on a weight loss journey.
So if you’re often stressed, it might be a good idea to find something to sooth your nerves other than food. Find hobbies that help you calm down or find people with whom you can share your troubles with.
Habit 2: Scarfing Down Food
If you’re used to eating your meals too quickly then you might be consuming more calories than you intend to. It takes your brain 15 to 20 minutes to send signals to your body that you’re full. So if you’re a quick eater, then you could end up eating more than you need.
So slow down your eating. Take the time to savor your food and chew slower. You can also take smaller bites. This way, you’re giving your brain enough time to send satiety signals to your body.
Habit 3: Mindless Snacking
Let’s get one thing straight: you can include snacks in your daily diet and still be in a caloric deficit. But you need to pick the right types of food and you need to be mindful of yyour snacking habits.
If you’re snacking round the clock on high-calorie snacks like chips, candy, and soda, then you’re not making it any easier for yourself to reach your weight loss goals.
So keep healthier snack alternatives on hand like vegetable sticks, fruit, nuts, and popcorn on hand. Avoid stocking your pantry or work drawer with hyper-palatable food like potato chips, cookies, and chocolate bars.