The 10 Worst Habits Destroying Your Diet
Fat Habit 1: Overdoing “diet” foods and beverages
Many dieters get stuck on using pricey diet foods, sugar substitutes, diet sodas, and other calorie-reduced items that aren’t a solution for successful long-term weight loss. Studies show that diet foods may even make it harder to reduce cravings for sweets, so use “diet” foods sparingly.
Fat Habit 2: Food is my BFF
To combat emotional eating, you need to practice mindful eating. This means being fully present in the moment (not distracted or watching television) when you eat. Eating mindfully will help you recognize when you’re truly physically hungry and when emotions are taking over. Before you rush to soothe your feelings with food, stop and assess what’s happening. Observe and describe your feelings. Ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?” Build self control and try to banish emotional eating that does not come from true hunger.
Fat Habit 3: Trying to be a perfect eater
Expect slip-ups to happen when you’re losing weight. If you fall off the healthy train and have a bad day, week, or month, just think: Life Happens. And start fresh tomorrow.
Fat Habit 4: Not having a support system
Finding a diet buddy can significantly increase the odds that you’ll reach your goals. One study from Brown University found that dieters with diet buddies lost significantly more weight compared with those who tried to slim down solo. If you can’t find someone in your real life to join you, use online weight loss support networks at sites like , , and .
Fat Habit 5: Ditching your favorite foods
As long as you plan for occasional indulgences, you can enjoy them—guilt-free. If you honor your hunger, you’ll naturally limit the amount of high-calorie splurges that you eat.
Try these 100-Calorie Chocolate Treats for a really guilt-free indulgence.
Fat Habit 6: Expecting too much, too soon
Regardless of what you see on TV (i.e., "Biggest Loser") or read in the Hollywood tabloids, weight loss is a long, often slow, process. Your job is to enjoy the journey of healthy eating and exercise and not get too focused on the end-point of where you want to be.
Fat Habit 7: You’re a distracted diner
Studies show that distracted eaters gobble up to 100% more after a meal compared to mindful eaters, and those who watch TV and eat consume 20 to 100% more calories compared to individuals who eat without distractions. When the brain is distracted, it takes significantly more calories to get the same level of satiety. Power down and focus on your food.
Fat Habit 8: You eat out more than twice a week
Reserve eating out for special occasions and manage calories by reading the menu and nutrition information available. Forgo all the extras and stick with the most basic options.
Fat Habit 9: Drinking calories—not eating them
Fat Habit 10: Skimping on your ZZZs
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