2. Shopping While Starving
Even though you probably realize how dangerous eating while hungry can be—a bag of chips and a chocolate bar later—many of us still commit this weight loss sabotaging habit willingly.
Starvation and shopping for food just aren’t a good combination for many common sense reasons. First and foremost, grocery stores are full of high-fat, high-calorie convenience foods, and when you’re hungry you will eat first and think about the consequences later on. Instead, shop armed with a light snack and a grocery list full of fresh, nutritious foods for sensible eating all week!
3. Drinking With No Concern for Calories
You may eat very balanced meals filled with fresh produce, lean meats and dairy sources, and wholesome carbohydrates and wonder, “Why am I still gaining weight?” The easy guess is due to what you’re drinking.
A study, conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control found that Americans get most of their calories from what they’re drinking—which adds up to an extra 140 to 200 extra calories per day! Alcohol, sodas, sugary coffees, fat-laden smoothies, wine, and more may go down refreshingly easy, but remember that those calories easily add up!
4. Portion Distortion
According to research from the American Heart Association, we live in a day and age where portions are huge, and sadly, what we see is what we eat! Regularly eating at restaurants with large portion sizes might be smart on the wallet, but dangerous for the waistline if you’re eating all of that huge serving, instead of taking it home for later, in one sitting.
The American Heart Association estimates that portions have grown so dramatically that current Americans eat roughly 300 more calories daily compared to what they ate in 1985. Consider this tidbit of portion control from author, Dr. Brain Wansink, who wrote the book, Mindless Eating. Dr. Wansink who studied eating habit noted that those giving larger buckets of popcorn ate 44-percent more calories vs. participants giving smaller buckets.