Understanding the Relationship between Your Eating Habits and Weight Loss

Your eating habits impact your body weight. If your goal is to lose weight, taking a close look at your eating habits and making any necessary changes can help to accelerate your weight loss efforts.

Eating Breakfast

Breakfast is an important meal and sets the tone for the rest of your day. When examining your eating habits, ask yourself if you eat breakfast every day. If you do not, what is the reason? Do you not have enough time in the mornings? Maybe you don’t have an appetite at that time of day. Or, maybe you do not enjoy breakfast foods.

Studies have shown that individuals who don’t eat breakfast end up eating larger lunches and dinners later in the day. Not eating breakfast may also lead to excessive late morning, pre-lunch snacking. If you tend to skip breakfast on most days, it’s good to understand the reason behind it and think of solutions. For example, if you run out of time in the mornings, maybe prepare your breakfast the night before. If you do not like conventional breakfast foods, think of foods you do enjoy and eat those.

Making Healthy Food Choices

Everyone has their food preferences. What are yours? Do you eat the same foods every day? Do you reach for certain comfort foods? Keep a food journal for a week or two to see what types of patterns emerge. You may find that you are not eating fruits and vegetables or that your comfort foods are actually high in unhealthy fats and calories.

To lose weight and keep it off, you will want to eat well balanced meals and limit junk foods. A diet complete with complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats that is within your daily caloric requirement will help you to achieve your weight loss goals. If you find that the foods you snack on are too high in fats and calories, think of the tastes and textures you enjoy in those foods and consider replacing them with healthier alternatives. For example, you could replace high salt potato chips with low-salt, low or no-butter popcorn, which has fewer calories and less fat.

Staying Hydrated with Healthy Drinks

One of the ways that people gain weight is through the calories that sneak in through sugar-packed juices, sodas and coffee. Do you drink enough water every day? Try to increase your daily water intake. If you do not enjoy the taste of water, maybe squeeze in some lemon, or drink fresh fruit juices with no added sugar. Herbal tea is also a good option. Staying hydrated is important for many physiological reasons, but in relation to weight loss, if you are drinking enough water, it will help fill you up and possibly reduce your food cravings.

Limiting Late-Night Eating

Although eating late at night will not necessarily lead to weight gain, it is possible to overeat if you’re distracted by watching television or other activities while eating. Some people find that they consume an excess number of calories at night due to boredom. Try to find fun evening activities, such as exercise or hobbies that do not involve late-night eating.

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