Eating habits go hand in hand with lifestyle changes. Over the past few years, our lifestyle has forced us to change our eating habits which are inclined more and more towards ready-made junk food that is easily available. Combined with the advertising and marketing offers that these companies push, it becomes too tempting to ignore it.
True to its, nature the junk-food industry is bombarding our homes with tempting offers. Unfortunately, the problem with this style of food addiction is that it’s pushing us away from a healthy diet, towards bad eating habits. This leads to unwanted weight gain and health problems. A research report shows one of the prime reason of obesity amongst children is this junk food. The big question is how can we resist such a change? Here are a few pointers:
- Plan Well: One of the better ways to overcome this temptation is to plan your diet. Planning can be done if you review your current diet and acknowledge the habit that you want to overcome. Like in any other sphere, habits cannot be changed overnight; it will require some time before you see old habits replaced with new ones. So, be patient and continuously look towards adopting new habit and breaking the bad ones.
- Don’t Skip Breakfast: Breakfast is the first and most important meal of the day, any-day. Since you haven’t had anything for at least last 8 hours earlier, the body requires that energy booster to kick-start the day. I have noticed – and this is true for many school going children as well as early office goers – that people tend to skip breakfast. For a good day, start with healthy breakfast, which will also help prevent overeating later in the day. A balanced breakfast would include a dose of protein and vitamin. If you can get oats or fruits with milk, yoghurt and juice, that is best way to start good food habit. Avoid fried or fatty dishes early in the morning – you should feel light and energetic when you start your day.
- Avoid Emotional Eating: It is commonly known that when you are stressed out or sad, or even overjoyed, you tend to eat more or large quantity. This isn’t related to hunger, but state of mind – this intake of extra calories only helps accumulation of fats in body. The best way to manage your emotions is exercise – go out for a walk, indulge in sporting activity, divert attention to a hobby or discuss the matter. At the end of the day, your emotions should not add to your diet plan.
- Don’t Binge: Eating too quickly also leads to binge-ing, is an unhealthy habit because by the time your brain has registered that you’re full, you’ve already overeaten. Binge eating can happen at any time – when you’re snacking, eating dinner or even munching on the go. If you are not focused on your meal, then you are at risk of overeating. TV is a huge distraction and eating meals on the couch can be more detrimental to your planning.
- Eat Fresh, Eat Slow: A way to tackle these bad habits is to eat dinner at the dining table. This will allow you to be more aware of what and how much you’re eating. To slow down your eating pace, put your cutlery down after each mouthful and chew your food thoroughly.
These simple changes can lead to eating less food, which will in turn lead to a leaner waistline. To conclude, you must ensure that you eat fresh cooked meals every day which are full of protein and high nutritive value. Following a diet pattern and planning your diet will help you remain healthy.