5 Worst Diet Habits
5 Worst Diet Habits
by Chef K.T. Murphy
Diets are hard. There isn’t a person on the planet who has lost a significant amount of weight who will tell you the dieting was easy. There are habits we build into our lives that revolve around food that we may not even notice.
These five diet habits are the worst if you are trying to lose weight. Overcome these obstacles and the rest will seem like small speed bumps.
Overindulging in Diet Food and Soda
When the low-fat diet came on the scene, after the American Heart Association announced it was bad to consume fat, everyone ran to diet foods. Diet foods are not a magical pill that cures your obesity. In fact, Cooking Light Magazine notes overindulging in diet foods and beverages often cause you to gain weight.
A popular study discovered that people who ate diet snack cakes ate 2 to 3 times as much as they would have if it were a regular snack cake. The effect of labeling a product diet and consumers eating more is the snack well effect. Be aware of overindulging on diet foods. They could do more damage to your diet than you know.
Whether you’re sitting at your desk or in front of a television, mindless snacking happens all the same. Your preoccupied mentally with other things. You may watch the show, or finishing a report for your boss. The whole time you’re slipping snacks into your mouth.
The Food Network notes that mindless snacking can be a detriment to weight loss efforts. People are often unaware of the sheer volume that their eating when they bring entire bags of chips and popcorn to their desk or couch. If you like a snack while at work or when watching TV the best thing to do is portion out your serving size. This way you can have a small treat while watching your show but you don’t overdo it.
Overeating Healthy Options
Switching your meals to healthier options is always a good idea. The key though, is making sure your healthier options are not more calories than what you were eating in the first place. A lot of times people will switch from a breakfast sandwich at McDonald’s to a homemade bowl of oatmeal. Not portion controlling the oatmeal means that they could take in twice as many calories as their breakfast sandwich from McDonald’s.
Healthy options have calories too. It’s important to remember this when you make your switch. Portion control is essential and not just for junk food.
Too Much Alcohol
The health benefits of resveratrol found in red wine are indisputable. Unfortunately, people overindulge when drinking alcohol. It’s not so much that the red wine is bad for you, but that the calories in each glass of red wine add up. A 5-ounce glass of red wine contains approximately 130 cal. Depending on the sugar content of the wine it could contain more or a little less.
If you drink for glasses of wine every night, you’ve just had an extra 520 calories that you probably didn’t add into your food log. Alcohol has calories. Try to limit your alcohol intake if you’re watching your diet. Overindulging in alcohol is one of the biggest diet killers out there.
Late Night Snacks
Snacking late at night can be a controversial issue in the diet world. While some studies have shown that you can eat anytime you want and your body will be just fine; others show that eating late at night helps you add more fat to your body.
The bottom line in this debate is when you will use your calories. If you’re going to be up until 3 AM, sure have a late night snack, chances are most of it will digest by the time you go to bed anyway. But do you need all the energy from a piece of pizza 10 minutes before you go to bed? Probably not. Skip the late-night snacks and see how it impacts your weight loss.
Try avoiding these five diet killers and see how it affects you. You may be pleasently surprised at how quickly they affect the scale.