If you’re a woman who is trying to lose weight, then there’s a good chance that you’ve taken on a lot of wrong habits. Far too many of us are swayed by programs or diets that promote results, only to find out that they set us up for failure in the long term. Though it may seem innocent enough, if you follow along with too many of these fads and go through the “yo-yo diet” cycle enough, it may actually hurt your health. It’s important for your health to identify what is actually working against you and ensure that you don’t practice these poor eating habits that may actually cause much more harm than good.
It’s not your fault, for we are conditioned from a very young age to deprive ourselves or to follow these diets to get quick results. There is an entire industry of products, diets, and solutions that promise to help us lose weight without very much effort at all.
It is tempting to give into these for they seem to offer so much help. Not only that but you may find that you don’t place enough emphasis on your own well-being, thus leaving you open for the types of habits that backfire as you spend too much time caring for others. It’s time to take a stand and really put your health and well being at the top of the priority list. That means identifying your bad habits, learning to counteract them, and thus living the healthiest possible life moving forward.
In order to get to clean and healthy living and lose the weight the right way, you want to avoid the eating habits that are actual sabotage in the long run. These are never going to help you and may very well hurt you, so be on the lookout and turn the wrong habits into healthier ones for truly effective change.
Skipping meals: You might get busy at work or get sucked into taking care of the kids. You may not feel hungry in the morning, or you simply worked through lunch. There are a wide range of reasons why so many women skip meals, but it’s time to change this once and for all. Know that skipping meals will only cause you to becomes hungrier, and therefore you will eat whatever you come into contact with. This may actually work against your metabolism too, and thus cause you to gain weight in the long term when you don’t give your body what it needs.
Excessively counting calories: We are truly conditioned to believe that calorie counting is actually a good, normal and even healthy thing, but it’s not. If you aren’t eating for fuel and you are solely eating based on the amount of calories that something has within it, then you are setting yourself up for failure. It’s about much more than just calories, so to get to long term success you need to stop engaging in this number centric activity that will only leave you feeling hungry and bitter.
Binging because you waited too long in between meals: Though skipping meals is certainly bad for you, overindulging is also one of the worst eating habits that far too many women engage in. You want to fuel yourself all day long and if you don’t then you will likely binge and eat much more in a sitting than you ever should. If you allow yourself to get too hungry then you will eat anything and everything. Not only will this lead to weight gain, but it will also likely ensure that you give your body far more than it can handle and thus cause you health problems if this is a regular fixture in your diet.
Depriving yourself in any way: There are so many diets and products out there that promote deprivation in a variety of different ways. Deprivation through excessive calorie counting, avoiding entire food groups, eating only a few select foods, or not properly fueling yourself is not a good health practice. You will find that it can cause you to get too hungry, and then you end up eating more than you ever needed. It’s also bad for your metabolism and puts strain on your organs too. Your body may think that you are actually going into starvation mode and try to protect you by holding onto whatever you do eat and store it as fat—this doesn’t make for a good end result at all!
Developing an unhealthy relationship with food or eating in general: As with anything else, your mindset matters greatly here. One of the worst eating habits that a woman almost always engages in at some point in time is fearing food or having a really unhealthy relationship with food in general. You need to eat to live and not live to eat, and so it’s all about changing your mindset. You want to look at the right food as fuel and nourishment, and come to appreciate what it can do for your health. Making these switches will help you to lose weight, get healthier, and actually enjoy food and life in the process.