It’s very easy to fall into the trap of eating wrong, or eating badly, when we’re under strain in our professional or personal lives. For instance, if we’re doing a lot of overtime, we may not put much thought into what we’re having for dinner, and just go for whatever option is quickest or easiest. But this isn’t always the healthiest way to do things. Similarly, if we’re going through a tough time emotionally, we might be more inclined to opt for comfort food – but again, doing this too often can put strain on your body, and help your weight to creep up into dangerous territory.
Bad eating habits can cause numerous health problems, such as diabetes, and obesity. And while your doctor may be able to help you if you’re at risk from suffering from weight-related health problems, by issuing you with treatment such as prescription weight loss medication, it’s important to do what you can to keep your weight at a healthy level.
And this means adhering to healthy eating habits. You might be intimidated by the thought of eating healthily – after all, there are some diet plans out there which are tough and aren’t in the least bit appealing. But, by sticking to a few simple rules and avoiding certain bad practices, watching what and how you eat can be a relatively smooth ride.
Here are five bad habits which, if you’re looking to stay healthy and reduce strain on your body, you should do your best to avoid:
Snacking the Wrong Way
By that, we mean snacking in a fatty way. Crisps, chocolate bars, biscuits, cakes – many of us might be partial to a mid-afternoon snack, but these are all examples of foods which you shouldn’t be eating too much of between meals. Instead of going for whatever you can find in the vending machine during a quiet period at work, take some unsalted nuts, or dried fruit with you instead. Your waistline will thank you for it.
Eating Too Much Too Late
Knocking up a late night salad isn’t something which you hear of people doing very often. In fact, when it gets to a certain time and we’ve skipped dinner for whatever reason, most of us are much more partial to a pizza or a kebab than we are a bowl of leaves. But, eating big meals late is a bad habit to get into. Your body needs time to process food before it starts shutting down at night – so although it might not always be feasible, try to have your main evening meal between the hours of 5 and 9pm.
If you’re looking to stay healthy, eating little and often is the key. Going for one or two very large meals a day, or saving yourself for the all-you-can-eat buffet isn’t going to do your metabolism any favours. Your body is more likely to hang on to fat if it doesn’t know when the next meal is coming, so try to have four or five little meals a day instead.
When you’re stretched for time, it’s so easy to pick up ready meals off the supermarket shelf. But remember, although they might be convenient, ready meals aren’t always the best option for your body – some are very high in saturates and salt. If you want to keep track of what’s going into your diet, try to cook meals from scratch as much as you can.
Throwing Caution to the Wind When Eating Out
It’s often the case that to make their food taste better and to get you to go back, some eateries will be very generous when it comes to using oil, butter and salt in their cooking. Try to limit going for a ‘treat’ meal out to once or twice a week if you can; or, opt for the healthier option on the menu instead.