We all have our own little habits when it comes to food, but some of them could have a negative impact on our health. Between snacks and fizzy drinks, what are the 10 worst dietary habits you can have, that you need to start weaning yourself off?
1) “Stuffing your face”
The description may not be very flattering, but we have to admit that we all have the tendency to eat far too much from time to time, particularly in the Western world.
Eating excessive amounts of foods or very large meals, especially if they are very salty or very sugary, is bad for your health because it increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Try to space very large meals out to 5 day intervals.
2) Eating in front of a screen or while working
According to several studies, if you look at a screen (TV, PC, mobile, etc.) or continue to work while you eat, your brain has to concentrate on doing two things at once, and therefore seeks more energy. Therefore, you tend to eat around 15% more calories than you would if you simply focused on eating, because your brain would then be better able to interpret signals of satiety, or fullness.
Take the time to eat your meals at the table, when you are feeling calm and relaxed.
3) Snacking or drinking before going to bed
Who among us has never eaten a bag of M&Ms in front of a good film at night, if not several bags?
Unfortunately for us snackers, eating or drinking before going to bed is strongly advised against. Given that we are about to go to sleep, the body does not need energy, because it already has the energy that it has accumulated from the three meals we ate during the day, if not more…. Snacking and drinking before going to sleep will lead to more difficulties with digestion and will add to your daily calorie intake..
4) Not drinking enough water
It is recommended that you drink 1.5 litres of water every day, the equivalent of one large bottle. Water is vital to our bodies, and it cleanses and hydrates it.
If you exercise, drink at least 2 litres throughout the day.
5) Taking in too much sugar
Very sugary foodstuffs such as fizzy drinks have been blamed for leading to pre-diabetes and obesity. It is recommended that you eliminate them from your diet or at least reduce your consumption of them, especially for children. If you need to, you can prepare your own alternatives using natural ingredients, replacing sugar with honey or agave syrup, for example.
Diet drinks equally contain harmful substances, generally aspartame, which carry several health risks that have been outlined by numerous studies.
If your brain gets used to the taste of sugar (not necessarily to calories) and you continue to eat it regularly, it will keep demanding sugar with every meal.