The 8 Worst Habits That Ruin Your Waistline
If you’ve been struggling to lose weight or keep it off, you may have developed habits that keep you out of your skinny jeans, bodycon dresses and cute tops.
These habits are actions and choices you take daily or frequently. Before you know it they are part of your life and give you the results you have today.
Which habit can you relate to the most? and find out how to sidestep your worst habit so that you can get slim and stay slim.
1. Turning To Food As Your Best Friend
Many people turn to food for comfort and to self-soothe. It becomes a habit and a routine in and of itself. To get slim and stay slim is about more than diet and physical – it’s emotional too. There are many reasons why people turn to food for comfort – from boredom to neglect, depression, anxiety or subconsciously wanting to stay fat.
Whatever your reason or set of reasons, you can break it. Look at what’s missing in your life, what can you add, how can you relax, how can you become good at self-care instead of self-soothing?
Self-care is taking good care of yourself and making sure you don’t burn out. Self-soothing is an emotional approach to stress or other factors. It’s easy to focus on self-soothing instead of self-care.
Be mindful when you eat and be present in the moment. Doing this will help you understand when you are actually hungry versus when you are not.
2. Trying To Be Perfect
Getting slim is not a zero sum game – it’s not all or nothing. Trying to be perfect 100% of the time is unrealistic, life happens and we all fall off. Understand that it’s OK not to be perfect and if you get sidetracked – just start again.
Keep starting and the finishing will take care of itself. Expect slip ups and lapses to happen when you’re losing weight – just start again and before you know you’ll be where you wanna be.
3. Overdoing ‘Diet’ Foods And Drinks
Diet versions of products and beverages like diet drinks are not a substitute for a healthy diet and can be an illusion that keeps you buying them. Some diet foods keep you hooked because they are very sweet and can cause cravings.
To lose weight a low calorie approach, based on high protein and low carb can help you lose weight – but meal replacement products are a means to an end – not a lifestyle. A good plan will give you all the information and support you need to lose weight and keep it off by showing you how to transition to a healthy diet that’s right for your unique metabolic needs.
4. Trying To Do It Alone
You may feel like you want to do it alone, or maybe you don’t have anyone you can turn to for support, or anyone who understands what you’re going through. Sometimes friends and family don’t take weight loss seriously.
We support our customers to help them loose weight so that they have access to a support network and can get all their questions answered. This means that they feel more accountable, but at the same time they know where to turn for help when they need it.
This helps customers get slim more easily and makes it a lot more fun at the same time!
5. Multi-tasking and screen time
While women are great at multi-tasking, when it comes to eating, it’s best to stay focused and enjoy the moment. This way you’ll enjoy your meals and company more, take in the flavours and be more aware about how hungry or satisfied you are.
Try scaling back what you do when you eat – turn the TV off, turn Facebook off, don’t eat at your desk…. what can you do to focus and avoid multi tasking? Research shows that adults and children who have the most screen time, (computer, smart phones, videos, TV) are more likely to be overweight or obese.
If you’re distracted you’re more likely to eat more after a meal, and are can end up consuming 20 to 100% more calories compared to individuals who eat without distractions.
When the brain is distracted, it takes significantly more calories to get the same level of satisfaction from your food. Power down and focus on your meal!
6. Eating Out
Eating out is a great pleasure in life, it can be healthy too – if you do it right. However research shows that people who eat out two or more times per week are more likely to gain several pounds per year compared to those who eat out less often. Reserve eating out for special occasions and manage calories by reading the menu and nutrition information available. Avoid turning up to the venue starving – try to pace yourself ahead of time and don’t go for all the extras and available.
7. Drinking Calories
We are drinking more calories than ever, sodas, smoothies, teas, coffees and alcohol. And our perception of drinking calories is out of balance. Say you like drinking a smoothie, yes it can be healthy but would you eat all that fruit in one sitting? drinking it is easy.
It’s easy too overdo it because liquids are less filling than eating real food, it can lead to consuming too many calories. You can also increase your risk of diabetes and other health problems because of the rapid spike in blood sugar and insulin levels that are caused by consuming high calorie drinks. It’s best to avoid sugary beverages and alcohol as much as possible and limit dairy beverages and fruit drinks to no more than 150 calories per day.
8. Lack Of Sleep Or Poor Quality Sleep
Research shows that people who follow a low calorie plan lost more fat on 8.5 hours sleep than on 5.5 hours sleep a night. If you only sleep 5 or 6 hours a night and you increase your sleep you’ll see big changes in how you feel and your ability to lose weight and stay slim.