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Break These 6 Bad Eating Habits

By Debra Rodzinak 

Lack of willpower is not the only culprit that can cause weight gain.  These bad eating habits can pack on the pounds.  Fortunately, these bad habits can be broken and healthier lifestyle habits can replace them.

Mindless Eating

Eating while watching TV or a movie is one way to consume extra calories without even realizing it.  Instead, eat from smaller dishes.  Swap out a large dinner plate for a smaller salad plate.  Never eat directly from a package or container. 

Nighttime Nibbling

New studies are showing that eating at night is not a good idea.  Instead of eating late at night, after dinner, train your brain to think that the kitchen is closed until morning.  Brushing your teeth is also a clever way to stop eating later in the evening.  If a craving does hit, drink a glass of water or wait a few minutes.  For those who must have a small bite late at night, try a cheese stick or a small piece of fruit. 

Constant Snacking

Around-the-clock snacking is a horrible habit that many are guilty of during the day.  These snacks are usually full of empty calories that have no nutritional value.  Keeping healthy snacks on hand can help those who have developed this habit replace empty junk food with better choices such as carrots, air-popped popcorn, almonds, or hummus.

Skipping Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It sets the tone and helps fuel the body.  When meals are skipped, metabolism slows down and the chances for overeating later on are increased.  If time is an issue, set the alarm clock for 15 minutes earlier or purchase healthy breakfast foods that can be eaten on the run such as whole fruit, yogurt, protein bars, or smoothies.

Emotional Eating

Often when people have experienced a bad day at work or had a troubling exchange, they will cope by eating.  Several studies have confirmed that positive and negative emotions will lead people to eat more than needed.  Instead of overeating, take a walk or talk to a trusted friend.  Both of these activities will help relieve stress.  Any activity that keeps a person out of the kitchen will be beneficial.

Eating Too Quickly 

It takes the brain about 20 minutes to realize that the body has started to eat.  Therefore, slow down and make sure that it takes more than 20 minutes to finish a meal.  Slowing down will not only help with extra calories, but it will create a fuller feeling.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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