When you’re almost always on the move, your diet and fitness goals sometimes get derailed in ways you don’t even think about. By doing so, you may be unintentionally harming your health. But, here are five ways to realize if/when you are failing at staying healthy.
This is one of the worst things you can do to your body and mind. Your metabolism slows down, and you’re much more likely to overeat later in the day. The American Journal of Epidemiology found that people who cut out breakfast were 4.5 times more likely to be obese.
Eating Too Quickly
Your stomach takes 20 minutes to tell your brain that you’re full; therefore, every meal should take you at least 20 minutes to finish. Try and chew your food 20 times in each bite and pace yourself.
Watching TV while you eat
Yes, this is a bad habit! When you watch television, you’re not fully concentrating on anything else that you’re doing, and this includes eating. You tend to eat 5-10 times more when you eat while watching TV which can lead to extra consumption of calories.
Taking Big Bites
Cut your food into smaller pieces, use a smaller fork or spoon. You increase enjoyment and take longer to eat, which increases your satisfaction. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show that people who took large bites of food consumed 52% more calories in one sitting than those who took small bites and chewed longer.
Avoiding the Scale
Accountability is one of the best things you can do for your body, and a scale will help keep you on track. Stepping on a scale every other day keeps your goals and accomplishments fresh in your mind. Smart phone apps can also help you track your diet programs and the calories burned with a heart rate.