Busy Life Leads to Bad Eating Habits
The high incidence of obesity may partly be blamed on our “need for speed” as it applies to our eating habits. Because of our busy schedules, we don’t have the time or patience to prepare healthy meals and enjoy them at leisure. What most of us do is go to fast-food restaurants for a quick bite so we can get back to what we were doing before being interrupted by our growling stomachs.
Artificial Coloring, Preservatives & Other Additives are Bad for Our Diet
If we’re at home, we heat pre-packaged foods on the microwave for dinner. These foods contain a lot of sodium, preservatives, artificial coloring, and other additives whose cumulative effects on our bodies are far from beneficial. Processed/refined foods are also a big source of free radicals, which are byproducts of our body’s metabolism.
Ditch the Bad Diet and Eat Healthy and Loss Weight
The end result of all these unhealthy eating habits and poor food choices is unwanted fat on our bodies. If this situation describes you, what can you do about it? Here are some tips to help you in your battle to lose weight:
Ban soda and other sweetened drinks. If you drink just two cans of soda a day (probably every time you have lunch or dinner), you are adding the equivalent of 15 teaspoons of sugar a day. If you switch to plain water, imagine how many calories you are sparing your body from!
Let your family and friends know you are trying to lose weight. If they like you, they will modify their behavior accordingly. For instance, a supportive spouse will not have pizza or some other high-fat and high-calorie foods delivered to the house.
As much as possible, eat fresh. Fresh foods are free from the additives and other chemicals that are found in pre-packaged foods. The less processing food undergoes, the more nutrients you can get from it. Highly processed and refined foods, on the other hand, not only promote fat storage as well as create free radicals.
Your diet plan should include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. These are where you should get your vitamins and minerals from, not from a capsule or tablet. What’s more, fruits and vegetables contain fiber, which helps in weight loss by making you feel full sooner and longer.
It’s Important to Change Your Lifestyle
It’s important to realize that what you need to do is to change your lifestyle insofar as food is concerned. Don’t think about dieting. Dieting is only one part of a general alteration of your lifestyle. If you think dieting is the solution to your problem, you may stop eating the right way when you reach your weight goal, only to discover later that the pounds have crept back in.