Thursday, February 12, 2009

Not Losing Weight On Your Diet? Check Your Eating Habits

You may think that your current diet is super-healthy and perhaps you are flabbergasted by the fact that you just can't seem to shed those pounds. Well, look no further - you may be sabotaging your own weight loss goals without even knowing it by succumbing to these naughty eating habits.

1. You Skip breakfast. You might think that you're saving yourself a few hundred calories by not eating that bowl of oatmeal in the morning - WRONG. This is a common mistake that many Canadians make. You need to eat breakfast in the morning to rev up your metabolism and fuel up your body in order to face the challenges of the day. Think about the word- you are literally 'breaking the fast' that your body went into while you were sleeping. The longer you hold out, the hungrier you will get and the more likely your body will be to store those calories because it thinks you are literally starving. Not to mention the fact that you will probably consume a ton more calories later on to compensate, throwing both your metabolism and blood sugar out of whack.

2. You 'graze' throughout the day. Aren't we supposed to eat more, smaller meals as opposed to just three big ones? Not necessarily. Yes, eating 5-6 smaller portions as opposed to 3 meals of the same caloric value can be beneficial by keeping your metabolism constantly working and your blood sugar levels more stable, however, the blunder that most people make is that they can't keep their hands out of the proverbial cookie-jar. Grazing doesn't mean "keep snacking" all day! You do need structure in your diet and whether that means eating more often or actually sitting down at the table for three meals a day is up to you - just make sure you're aware of what exactly goes into your mouth!

3. You think you can eat as much "healthy" food as you want. Isn't that why it's called "healthy" in the first place, because it's low in calories? Absolutely not. While it's true that foods like fruits and veggies are usually very low in calories, foods like whole grains, nuts, seeds, fish such as salmon, and chicken can pack quite the caloric punch if you are not careful to portion control your servings. For example, the recommended serving of almonds per day is about the size of a closed handful and I think we all know just how easy it is to keep going back for more trail mix!

Now that you are packing this arsenal of healthy eating tips, take a step back and re-evaluate your eating habits to find out where you might be tripping up.