Ever wonder why you eat well and exercise regularly and still can’t lose the weight -- or worse, gain it? It may not be due to anything you are deliberately doing.
In fact, behaviors like mindless eating, not reading labels when grocery shopping and similar actions cause our good intentions to let us down and unintentional behaviors slip through the cracks.
Let’s look at several ways we need to change when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keep our weight down.
1) Not Paying Attention to When We Eat
Studies have emerged that tell us that it doesn’t matter when you eat -- even late at night -- the body still manages the calories the same way.
Well, I’m here to tell you differently, based on my own body and the bodies of many of my friends! And the reason why is not that eating at night will make us fat, but that most of us aren’t going to peel and chop fresh fruit and veg at 10 p.m. Many of us are not eating celery and carrots at night.
We’re eating easy pickings like chips, popcorn and ice cream. We’re stress eating. We’ve had a bad day, we just got the kids down and we’re going to treat ourselves. And with a couple glasses of wine on top, we’re adding calories with no nutrition that often make us want to eat more.
So by all means, pop those raw veggies in your mouth at night. But keep far away from anything else other than lean protein and good carbs.
Read both sides of the debate here.
Eating a breakfast of fiber, fruit and protein keep us full all morning and enables us to resist the temptation to hit the vending machine by 10:30 a.m. Eating good, healthy, small meals every few hours stops us from feeling like we’re starving and stops the urge to binge.
2) Not Paying Attention to What We Eat
Many of us are doing our best to check calorie and fat contents of foods but are we really reading the ingredients?