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How to dump the bad eating habits

Now that the new year has begun and you’re filled with the burning desire to change your life, we suggest you identify and rectify your wrong food habits. Here’s a check list of bad food habits that most of us tend to build up over the years. If you find yourself nodding yes to any, make the change.

brunch Updated: Jan 14, 2012 19:41 IST
Kavita Devgan

Fad diets have never given anyone lasting weight loss and never will. So now that the new year has begun and you’re filled with the burning desire to change your life, we suggest you identify and rectify your wrong food habits. Here’s a check list of bad food habits that most of us tend to build up over the years. If you find yourself nodding yes to any, make the change.



JunkYou are a speedy eater

Do you get through your meal in less than 10 minutes? That’s not good. When you gulp down food, you take in excess air, leading to bloating. Plus, you end up eating in excess. Speed eating doesn’t give the brain time to catch up with the stomach. Your brain needs at least 20 minutes to get the message that your stomach is full.



You fall in with others’ whims

You love veggies but your boss digs meat and potatoes. So you order the same. If this is how it pans out for you most of the time, it’s time to start taking food decisions independently.



You are a serious snacker

A healthy snack or two between meals is fine to keep your blood sugar steady, but when you snack all the time, you lose track of how much you’re eating. Allow yourself only two snacks a day of 100 to 200 calories each.



You feed your moods

Feeding your fears and frustrations instead of confronting them can lead to a cycle of more bad moods – and steady weight gain. Make sure you steer clear of this damaging cycle.



You don’t eat enough fruit

Fruit is packed not only with nutrients but also with a lot of fibre (a satiety booster). If you do nothing more than just double your current intake of fruit and vegetables, you’ll be on your way to a good weight control plan.



You rely too heavily on processed foods

If most of your meals come from cans, bags or boxes you are feeding yourself a diet loaded with unhealthy fats, sugar, salt – and excess calories. Take a crash course in reading labels.



TeaYou demonise foods

There is no harm in enjoying a sweet treat occasionally if you watch the portion size. If you have a sweet tooth, plan for a small sweet snack daily (like just a piece of chocolate).



You believe starving works

When you don’t eat for a long duration, the body kicks into its defence mode and begins to store food as fat. And instead of losing weight you might just end up gaining some.



You don’t drink enough water

Our metabolism needs water to burn fat. Plus, often, when we think we are hungry, we could in fact be thirsty. So not drinking enough water may lead to overeating. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day, even during the colder months.


From HT Brunch, January 15

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