HABIT 1: POOR PREPARATION
Boy Scouts and healthy eaters have the same motto: Be prepared. Having a refrigerator and pantry stocked with the right foods — lean proteins, whole-grain carbohydrates, fruits, non starch vegetables and healthy fats — means you’ll be prepared to eat what you should when you should. Similarly, entering a restaurant armed with a plan will keep you on the right track when dining out.
HABIT 2: NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER
Drinking the right amount of water promotes overall health, from skin, bones and joints to the digestive system, memory and brain function.
Fatigue is one of the first signs of mild dehydration. A lot of people mis – interpret that sluggish feeling as hunger, and they eat to boost energy.
In a study, its results presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers from Virginia Tech confirmed that dieters who drink two 8-oz. glasses of water before their three daily meals lose about 5 lbs. more than dieters who do not drink pre-meal water.
HABIT 3: INSUFFICIENT PROTEIN
People who get too much of their daily calorie intake from carbs are going to have a hard time losing weight. Scientists recommend including a source of protein (skinless chicken, eggs, cheese, seafood etc) with every meal. The body uses twice as much energy processing protein as it does carbohydrates and fat, meaning when you eat protein, your body actually burns more calories digesting it.
HABIT 4: CONSUMING TOO MANY LIQUID CALORIES
Calories that enter your body in liquid form are inefficient calories. They count against your daily total, but they don’t make you feel full. Nutritionists advise against drinking your calories e.g alcoholic beverages.
“No fruit juice, soft drinks or sports drinks!”
Instead, drink water, tea or coffee without sugar. If you must have sweetened drinks, sugar-free soft drinks or low-calorie powdered flavoured beverages are okay.
HABIT 5: NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEPS
You don’t even need to be conscious to work on losing weight. Getting the right amount of sleep seems to be a major factor in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
A study released in 2006 by researchers at Case Western Reserve University tracked the weight and sleeping habits of 68,000 women over 16 years. The women who reported sleeping five hours or less nightly weighed an average of 5.5 lbs. more than the women who slept seven hours or more at the start of the study.