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|How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by drklas01(m): 3:56pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Bad eating habits are not optimal for your health. The body doesn’t get the nutrient it needs from it or doesn’t get it in the right proportion.
We have all indulged in a bad eating habit at some points in our lives. The point is not making them a habit.
It’s okay to have cheat days — to eat junks, drink a glass of wine, eat late at night once in a while. Having stringent rules won’t help and may result in you burning yourself out.
As humans, we are programmed to be against anything that doesn’t offer us freedom. Too much freedom isn’t good either, but enough to make our lives pleasurable.
Some habits lead to bad nutrition which will have negative effects on our health in the long run. These habits are not encouraged and must be avoided whenever possible.
If you want to be fit and enjoy its benefits then its best to steer clear of bad habits and commit to fitness. As you may know, fitness is 70 % diet and 30 % exercise.
It’s surprising how bad eating habits never became a major problem until recently — the 21st century. The rate of overweight and obesity are alarmingly high.
A lot of this is as a result of improvement in food technology. There are now a lot of processed foods than there has ever been. Lots of fast food companies are present today, and new ones are emerging.
These effects can be seen today — overweight and obesity are at the highest, Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.
HABITS THAT WILL RESULT IN BAD EATING HABITS
1. Eating Junk food
This is pre-prepared or packaged food that has low nutritional value.
This is what you get when you eat from fast-food restaurants such as McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King etc.
The excess fat, simple carbohydrates and processed sugar found in junk food contribute to increased risk of health disorders such as obesity and heart diseased.
2. Eating Unbalanced diet
Eating carbs, proteins and fats in the wrong proportion. An example is eating junk food or a favourite meal you can’t do without while neglecting the other components of a balanced diet.
Eating too many carbs and less protein can result in obesity, heart diseases, infections – since proteins help the body to fight infections.
3. Eating snacks
This might lead to poor food choices and adding unwanted calories.
Don’t wonder where the extra weight comes from if you’re used to eating snacks. There are exceptions – days when you can’t cook, make breakfast etc. Exceptions are exceptions, not just a result of your cravings.
4. Drinking sugary drinks often
Sugary drinks aren’t good for your health. You should try substituting them for water which has several health benefits.
Studies have shown a correlation between drinking sugary drinks and obesity, diabetes and other medical problems. In addition to this, soft drinks intake of milk, calcium and other nutrients.
5. Eating at night
Remember the body follows the circadian rhythm – a natural, internal system that’s designed to regulate feelings of sleepiness and wakefulness over a 24-hour period.
So when you should be sleeping food won’t be easily digested as when you should be awake. Also at night you won’t be burning calories compared to during the day. This is one of the easiest ways to lose weight.
Not surprising that there is a high frequency of obesity, diabetes, heart diseases in alcoholics. One gram of alcohol gives 7 Calories.
That’s higher than what you get from carbohydrate and protein. In fact, studies have found out that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. If you are addicted to alcohol, read about how to break free from addiction here.
HABITS THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR NUTRITION
1. Cook your own food
It’s as simple as that. Cooking your own food is cheaper, safer, healthier and you can calculate the calories you consume yourself — make sure it’s in line with the goal you want to achieve.
It might take a lot of time at first, with time you will get used to this. If you are too busy and don’t have time for this, then you might want to take the second advice.
2. Order food from a specific restaurant that calculates the calories
If you lead a busy life and don’t just have the time to cook your food, you can consider ordering food from a restaurant which takes fitness into consideration and calculates the calories in the food you order. An example of this restaurant are Munchery, Sun Basket, Home Chef. Find one in your local area that is your taste.
3. Remove Junks from the house
If you get into the habit of eating junks a lot or you eat at night — then you shouldn’t have these stuff in the house. This is the easiest way of avoiding the temptation to eat junks. Don’t let them be in proximity to you.
4. Set a fitness goal and a prize if you achieve that goal
This is an efficient way of keeping good habits — rewarding yourself if you’re able to keep it. For example, if you set the goal of not eating the whole month and you achieve this goal, you can reward yourself by going to see a movie, buying yourself a present, having a cheat meal — or just doing whatever you think is worth rewarding yourself with.
5. Have a cheat day
A cheat day is a day you’ve decided to break your rule and have a cheat meal. For example telling yourself you will eat pizza, ice cream or whatever that doesn’t fit in your usual meal Sunday evenings. This works in the sense that your brain doesn’t see your rules as too stringent and burn you out. Remember as humans we don’t like anything that restricts our freedom.
I personally don’t have a cheat day but whenever I crave junk food so bad I can’t control myself. I declare that day to be a cheat day. Since this doesn’t happen often, I don’t see it as a problem and it works for me. If it will work for you, then you can try this.
If you have too stringent rules and you break them once, this might be a catalyst to further break them. That’s why having a cheat meal/day works.
6. Stay Positive, Be Happy
Avoid stress, do things that make you happy. Negative emotions such as boredom, loneliness, depression can lead to bad eating habits and lack of motivation to cook your own meals. Learn how to be genuinely happy here.
7. Be fit
You rarely see fit people with bad eating habits — not that they don’t indulge in bad eating habits but when you compare with people that are not fit, it’s significantly lower. This is because being fit helps to reduce stress and improves your mood — one of the causes of poor nutrition. Also being fit makes you fall in love with your body and do anything that will alter it. And don’t forget the hormone “leptin”. It’s in normal level in fit people — and helps prevent weight gain by suppressing appetite until weight loss.
If you are not fit yet, you can begin your journey here.
We have discussed some bad eating habits and the effects they have on our health. Remember no matter how much workouts you do, you won’t get the desired result without the right nutrition.
Think about workouts as the piece that completes the fitness puzzle.
Some habits to help improve your nutrition have also been discussed. There are others of course that you should also pay attention to.
For more articles on fitness and health, visit www.abcstrength.com
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|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by iamvictorbassey: 5:45pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Bad eating habit is not waterproof cleaner, because a kwakwa cannot fall down from a private jet's shadow unless airtel is away from 2pac.
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|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by MANNABBQGRILLS: 5:45pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Veey good thread OP.
Some people cant just do without eating from morning to night, the craving is always just there!
Hoping this help them....
A Barbecue a day,
keeps the Doctor away........
MANNABBQGRILLS say so!
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|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by DarkandHandsome(m): 5:45pm On Dec 27, 2018|
FTC was stolen
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by sukerefakere(m): 5:47pm On Dec 27, 2018|
How not to eat poisonous substance from mannabbqgrills
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by EnterprizeRK: 5:47pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Who tell you I will like to break my bad eating habit
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by Harryase(m): 5:47pm On Dec 27, 2018|
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by Sirheny007(m): 5:48pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Nothing will ever stop me from obtaining my normal daily overdose of Beans and Bread from Mama Nkechi Buka.
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by MANNABBQGRILLS: 5:49pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Ignore the attention seeker as always...
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|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by Kharol1234: 5:52pm On Dec 27, 2018|
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by Nobody: 5:52pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Why can't some Nigerians come to terms with the fact that nothing changes in a new year except the calendar?
Na wa for Nigerians sha!
Any small thing they'll be like "this has to stop this year, it must end before Jan 1," bla bla bla.
Again, nothing will change, just the calendar.
All those new year new life na bullshit.
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|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by ednut1(m): 5:52pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Is cooking reslly cheap
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by Wiseandtrue(f): 5:54pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Nice write up!
If one can adhere to it! It's still not balance without help from Christ!
I personally was very strict with my diet but I just observe that the more I try the more I can't seem to control it and it was beginning to tell on my weight.
Then I decided to carry Jesus along
Voila everything fell into place!
It's the truth no matter how it sounds to you.
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|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by Buhari5: 5:59pm On Dec 27, 2018|
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by paix(m): 6:00pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Talking of balanced diet in this Buhari administration that people hardly eat one meal a day? Balanced diet is a luxury to a lot of people these days. But God is in control. Thanks anyhow.
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by adewuyia2014(m): 6:01pm On Dec 27, 2018|
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by Sleekfingers: 6:09pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Millions of Nigerians eat what they see....
Person way no get money or doesn't know where or when the next meal go come....
Some people go buy beans 50 and beans water 20 plus bread 200naira
You will be shocked that some family cook with 500naira.
Last month at Lagos trade fair.... I saw a lady devouring a mountain of eba... She even collected extra... I was shocked.... She no even order for meat at all... She was eating as if the world is going to an end.... And you tell such a person to watch what they eat..... Na punishment be that o....
I know a family na swallow be their food... Mainly eba and Fufu.... Dem Don they resemble swallow self.... If you see their children belly.... It looks like drum.....
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|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by DrObum(m): 6:10pm On Dec 27, 2018|
iamvictorbassey:Na so craze dey start oooo
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|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by Tonyspecial(m): 6:11pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Akiko Mike...... When there is enough food?
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by TRUEBLOOD59(m): 6:12pm On Dec 27, 2018|
wait after doing the right things u said... will I still die?
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by iamvictorbassey: 6:15pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Na joke. It's an Instagram fun play called think about it. After saying stupid meaningless things.
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by kalvoken(m): 6:20pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Who eats a balanced meal in present day Nigeria, as a common man?
What you should be posting is how to eat THREE TIMES IN A DAY. Person wet never see sugar to take soak garri na im you dey tell about balancing diet.
Take for instance, most active Nairaland zombies are paid 30k every month(lest assume it comes regularly). He pays house rent, utility bills, send small money for the wife who is with their parents and then buy data, tell me how much is left to be used in balancing their meal
OP mind yourself o.
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|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by Fuhrerfran6(m): 6:21pm On Dec 27, 2018|
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by 12345baba(m): 6:26pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Getting married will help.
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by MufasaRebirth: 6:35pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Reduce the intake of maurijuana lol
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by Xinzu: 6:41pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Dude you don't work for Manna. I have proof of that.
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by femi4: 6:44pm On Dec 27, 2018|
MANNABBQGRILLS:Barbecue is part of the junks
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by Triangles1(m): 6:45pm On Dec 27, 2018|
Very educative, nice write up but it's not for young shall grow. Immagine your neighbor offer you bread and beans around 10 pm and you have nothing to eat, you will not even remember health disadvantages of eating late hour food. The most important thing is just to remain happy with the little bread and beans trust me the food will digest in happy mood and you will devacate smiling.
|Re: How To Break Bad Eating Habits Before Heading Into 2019 by MANNABBQGRILLS: 6:59pm On Dec 27, 2018|
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