Bad Habits. Everyone has them. But there are some bad habits that stop you losing weight.
If you are trying to lose weight but don’t seem to be able to, it could be down to some bad habits. You might not even be aware that you have them, but these bad habits could be stopping you from losing weight.
Luckily bad habits can be changed. It might take a bit of extra effort, but it is possible. And when it comes to weight loss, it’s essential.
9 Bad Habits That Stop You Losing Weight
Most people find that they have at least one of these bad habits that stop you losing weight. So, to help keep you on track and motivated, we’ve rounded up the 9 most common bad habits and ways to get rid of them.
Those extra bites, licks and tastes you take throughout your day tend to add up pretty quickly. It’s easy to think that one bite, lick or taste isn’t a big deal, but when you’re biting, licking and tasting all day long, you can add up to 300 extra calories a day to your diet. That’s the equivalent of inviting an extra ½ pound to your waistline every week.
One way to get rid of this bad habit is to keep a food journal. By tracking what you eat, you can avoid thoughtless snacking!
2. Fast Food
It’s cheap. It’s easy. And for most people, it’s a way of life. However, fast food is one of the worst habits to have when it comes to weight loss. For starters, the ingredients are frightening and the nutritional value is barely measurable. There’s really nothing good that comes from fast food if you’re trying to lose weight.
Finding the willpower to avoid fast food is a big ask. So stashing healthy snacks in your car might help. That way, when hunger pangs hit, you have something ready and waiting to help you fight off the cravings.
3. Skipping Breakfast
For most people, mornings are busy and fast paced. Skipping breakfast seems like an easy way to save some time. However, your body needs fuel in the morning to kick-start your metabolism, raise your blood sugar and set you on a better path to weight loss success. Just avoid donuts and sugary cereal!
If time really is an issue, try making a meal replacement shake your go-to breakfast. They’re quick. They’re easy. And they’ll speed up weight loss faster than a lot of other choices.
4. Unhealthy Rewards
It’s easy to justify poor food choices when you look at them as a reward. But just because you did something good…or even something amazing, doesn’t mean that your favorite food indulgences suddenly become healthy.
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5. Drinking Calories
Alcohol is just one of many “drinking problems” you need to be aware of. Soda, juice and any other drink that’s full of calories and empty on nutrition wreak havoc on your diet.
To avoid the wrong drink choices, you need to change your mindset about water. Don’t think of it as a boring drink. Think of it as a weight loss challenge that’s easy to meet. Buy a cute water bottle, set a goal for daily water intake, make sure you always have your water bottle handy and start sipping your way skinny.
6. Free Food
Then there are the freebies that seem to appear out of nowhere at your favorite sit-down restaurants. Chips and salsa, baskets of bread, and even free birthday desserts. All those free foods add up quickly in the calorie department and you definitely don’t need that!
This is another place where willpower and a food journal can come in handy. Your food journal really does help you be mindful of what you put into your mouth. It may even give you the resolve needed to say no to those freebies that keep popping up.
7. Emotional Eating
Sad. Stressed. Angry. Lonely. Frustrated. Just a few of the many emotions that make you turn to food to fill an emotional void. But filling that void with food won’t last and once the “food high” wears off, you’ll find yourself back where you started and ready to begin the vicious cycle again.
Breaking free of emotional eating can give a big boost to your weight loss goals but it’s easier said than done. You need to come up with different coping strategies when emotions start to take over. Try exercise or TV shows or call a friend instead.
8. Not Getting Enough Sleep
You need adequate amounts of sleep to help keep your hunger hormones in check. Even though you can function on too little of sleep doesn’t mean that you should. When you’re sleep deprived, your hormones will change and cause an increase in appetite.
To get more sleep, try going to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning… even on weekends! A routine can help to prepare your brain for sleep.
9. Lack of Commitment
Being committed to a weight loss program is the only way you are ever going to see weight loss success. If you’re not all in–mentally, physically and emotionally–you’re bound to fail before you even start.
To stay motivated and committed, find you why. Finding your why simply means focusing on the real reason you want to lose weight. It’s changing your mindset from simply wanting to lose weight to understanding why you want to lose weight. And once you find your why, you also find your motivation.
Get Rid Of Those Bad Habits
Busting your bad weight loss habits will take a little bit of learning and a lot of self-control, but it will all be worth it in the end.
It’s important to remember that your bad habits are only habits. They’re not you and they’re not permanent unless you let them be.
If you really want to see success, pick one habit to work on at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself by taking on too many life changes at a time. Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight and the same goes for diet and behavior changes. They happen slowly and steadily and that’s just the way it should be if you want to see permanent success.