Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wellness Wednesday: 14 Habits That Make You Gain Weight

Hello everyone and happy hump day!

Seeing that a lot of people are starting to get beach ready (holidays are over!), I thought I'd share some interesting habits that make people gain weight. They may not all apply to you, but I'm sure we've all seen ourselves in some of these situations.

Check out these 14 habits that will love to make your waistline bust out!

Habits That Make Us Gain Weight

1. Eating low-fat. Most foods that are low-fat or fat-free are filled with low performing carbs that spike your insulin thus making you feel hungry sooner than later. 

2. Sleeping too little or way too much. These habits may cause your cortisol levels to rise, which make you feel hungrier. 

3. Eating the "free" food at restaurants. Bread, biscuits, chips and salsa anyone? These foods are loaded with additional (and non-nutritious) calories that you don't need. 

4. Drinking sodas. The artificial sweeteners in sodas trigger appetite cues, which make you feel hungry and may cause you to over-eat at meals. 

5. Skipping meals. This slows your metabolism and makes you over-eat at subsequent meals because your body thinks it's starving. 

6. Eating too fast. Research has found that slow eaters tend to get filled faster than fast eaters. 

7. Watching too much television. Research has found that people tend to over-eat when they watch too much TV because they are not occupied doing anything physical. If watching TV is a must for you, then try multi-tasking, such as washing dishes while watching TV in your kitchen.

8. Ordering the combo meal. Instead of ordering your meal as a combo and eating the additional foods that come with the meal, try eating only one thing. For example, if the ribs "value" meal comes with french fries and cole slaw, then only order the ribs with no sides. 

9. Don't face the buffet. If you eat at a buffet-style restaurant, face your back against the buffet. Research has found that when people are able to see the buffet, they are more likely to get up and get more food. 

10. Get a small plate. Instead of grabbing a large plate to serve yourself food, grab a smaller one so that you don't over-fill your plate. Smaller plate, less food!

11. Serving dishes on table. Try not to place serving dishes on the table because you're more likely to eat more if you see the food in front of you.

12. Not drinking enough water. A lot of times people think they are hungry, but they are actually thirsty. Make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day. 

13. Drinking fruity beverages. And I'm not talking about green juice, I'm saying Pina Coladas and daiquiris. These drinks are filled with high fructose corn syrup, which are no bueno for your waistline.

14. Emotional eating. Research has found that people who tend to eat when they are stressed are more likely to gain weight. When you're feeling stressed replace eating with chewing a piece of gum, drinking a glass of water or taking a walk around the block.

Yesterday's Dinner:

Ground turkey lettuce wraps and a side of brussels sprouts with bacon

Today's Breakfast:

Sunwarrior protein shake

Today's Lunch:

Ground turkey and brussels sprouts (leftovers from last night's dinner)

Workout of the Day:


What's the worse eating habit you have? Mine is definitely eating fast and not drinking enough water. Guilty!!

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