Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Unhealthy Eating Habits To Avoid

Eating healthily can be a difficult concept to some, as there are many different opinions regarding what you should and shouldn’t eat.

Especially if your goal is to gain weight and lean muscle to your body, you will most likely be looking for tips in which you can do so healthily and, ultimately, safely.

Therefore we thought we’d put together a bit of a guide of some of the unhealthy eating habits you should be avoiding on your venture to gain weight, or to just generally be a bit healthier.

Skipping breakfast

There’s an important reason as to why breakfast is regarded as the most important meal of the day, so the fact that some people skip it completely is very worrying. Whilst sleeping, your body has gone for around 8 hours without food already, and can’t be expected to get you through until lunch time without fuel. Therefore you’re more likely to snack throughout the day as your body will be craving energy from sugary snacks that it could have got from a bowl of cereal, wholemeal toast or yoghurt, for example.

Eating late at night

There is a lot of debate around eating at night and how this can impact your weight. Some health experts argue the case for not eating after 8pm. However, strictly speaking, the odd snack on the evening is absolutely fine as long as you don’t go over the top. If you do eat excessively late at night, your body will be busy digesting the food as you are trying to sleep, meaning you’ll find it much more difficult to drift off and are also more likely to gain fat.

Using food as a reward

We’ve all been there after a long day at work or a difficult phase with the kids; it comes to meal times or you get a bit peckish for a snack and you justify eating junk by convincing yourself that you deserve it. Whilst we all do of course deserve a treat now and again, using rubbish food as a reward will have the opposite effect as you will soon come down from your high and feel like you’ve let yourself down. Why not look into healthy snack recipes so that you can snack without the guilt? Likewise, if you are an emotional eater and rely on food to cheer yourself up when you’re feeling down, stressed or bored, aim to find other things to keep your mind busy and happy and you’ll soon see the benefits.

Binge eating

A main, common myth when it comes to weight gain is that you should just automatically eat way more calories than you usually do, and then sit back and watch the pecks appear. This is not how muscle building works. Instead of gorging on large quantities of food at a time, snack little and often on high protein foods, or add a protein powder or shake to your daily routine. You can get more info on that here -http://www.lamuscle.com/products/proteins.

What do you think? 

Any tips for the people out there? 

Big Fashionista 

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  1. I'm a stress & reward eater! It's difficult to break that habit but we've become conditioned that we need a reward for getting through a tough day. Others reach for drugs or booze so it's not just confined to food. Sometimes I think the Amish that live near my parents have the right idea!

  2. You know I am a bit biased but the 2 main rules I'd say are:

    1. Everything in moderation
    2. Eat a wide variety of foods across the range of food groups.

    I've been an emotional eater all my life but now know, & practice, that I don't have to deprive myself or go hungry to lose weight or get healthy.


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