We all know about eating more fruit and vegetables and doing exercise, but there are bad habits that we probably don't even realise we're committing, which aren't helping in the battle of the bulge.
Here are some of the worst eating habits we see every day. Take note of the suggestion on how to stop the habit and it will help you move those unwanted kilos.
1. Eating in front of a screen
How many times do you try to get your work done during lunch hour and eat in front of your computer? You end up mindlessly eating and not even realising how much you ate. This tends to cause folks to overeat. Even worse, these eating habits are mimicked by our kids. Do your kids like to eat in front of the TV at night or while they are doing homework?
Solve it: Walk away from the screen, clear your mind and enjoy your food.
2. Walking and chomping
I've seen this talented move hundreds of times, especially while walking in the CBDs of major cities, such as Sydney and New York. The typical walk-and-eat meal is pizza or a sandwich.
Solve it: Find a lovely park or bench to sit down and enjoy your meal and the gorgeous outdoors.
3. Skipping meals
Some people find themselves too busy to eat. They rush out of the house in the morning, have meetings all afternoon and, before you turn around, it's dinnertime. Studies show that skipping meals tends to lead to overeating at the next meal. You'll also find that your energy levels are not at their peak since you're not properly fuelled throughout the day.
Solve it: Have a quick breakfast available at your fingertips and tote easy-to-munch-on snacks for when you're in a pinch.
4. Gulping on meal replacements in place of real food
Healthy people don't need to down meal replacements regularly. Besides being not-so-tasty, these man-made concoctions don't have everything you truly get from real food. Whole foods contain phytonutrients, which are plant chemicals that can help fight or prevent disease - most of which don't go into liquid meal replacements.
Solve it: Keep the liquid supplements for a real emergency. Make a quick and easy lunch in a lunchbox in the morning instead.
5. Forgetting to drink
Many people get so busy at work that they forget to sip on water or other liquids. They end up fatigued, with a headache, and just overall cranky. Plus air-conditioned offices are dehydrating so its even more reason why sipping a bottle or two of water is important.
Solve it: Keep a closed water bottle near you at all times.