Dieting is part of our culture, and it’s thought to be the first line of defense against becoming obese for many people. However, while you can certainly make permanent adjustments to your diet and lifestyle to achieve better health, “flash” diets or short-term diets aren’t always what they’re made out to be.
Done wrong, diets can be harmful to your body, and you may not be getting the nutrients you need. Not only that, certain dieting rituals might actually cause you to put on pounds. Let’s take a look at seven common dieting habits, and what to know about them…
1. Go Ahead, Eat at Night
RealSimple.com explains there’s a belief that anything you eat after 8 p.m. will just sit in your system and turn to pure fat overnight, as if somehow your digestive system shuts off after a certain hour.
“Calories can’t tell time,” says the source. That means your body will use calories the same way whether it’s 8 a.m. or 8 p.m., it adds. It’s true the calories may hang out a bit longer if you hit the couch after having a late dinner or after-dinner snack, but your body will tap into those calories the next day when you start moving around again, it explains. Make sure you eat properly throughout the day to curb those late-night cravings.