If you’re trying to lose the extra fat from your body, then keeping any weight gain habits will only mean that you’re working against yourself. That said, breaking habits is easier said than done, particularly when you don’t recognize what they are.
The first step to being able to break free of weight gain habits is to identify them for what they are. This step, alone, places you in the driver’s seat. It gives you the ability to make the right choices, where you wouldn’t have been able to do that before you recognized where the problems were.
Consider the following most common weight gain habits and whether or not you’ve been trapped by any of them:
Do you open a bag of chips, bring it to the couch and start munching while you watch your favorite TV show? One moment, you’re popping that first chip into your mouth and the next moment the majority of the bag is gone. It’s because you’re not paying the slightest bit of attention to how much you’re eating or whether or not you’ve had enough. You’re just eating for the sake of it. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a snack while you relax in the evening, but it is vital that you pay attention to the right portion size. Instead of bringing the whole chip bag with you, measure an appropriate portion into a bowl and eat that amount, instead.
Not getting enough sleep
We live in a culture that runs on a minimum amount of sleep. More often than not, we’re surrounded by people who are sleep deprived to one degree or another, and we can hardly exclude ourselves from them. We just don’t give sleep a big enough priority. This is very unfortunate as it is our health that suffers, including our weight. When we’re fatigued, we are more likely to crave sweet, salty or fatty foods, our bodies aren’t equipped to burn as many calories and we’re more likely to store calories as fat. Start setting a solid sleep routine and stick to the same bedtime and waking time as much as possible, including on weekends. Reduce screen time at least thirty minutes before going to bed and sleep in a thoroughly darkened room. When you get the rest you need, you’re less likely to pack on unnecessary pounds.
You shop while hungry
If your stomach growls even once while you’re at the supermarket, your shopping list is doomed. Eat before you go grocery shopping to make sure you’re thinking with your head and not with your hunger.