Everyone has bad habits. However, there are bad habits that can be harmful to your health!
While there’s no one-size-fits-all method to lose weight, these are some of the bad habits that may be preventing you from losing weight!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, no kidding! In a 2019 study by The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, it is found that skipping breakfast is often associated with cardiac risk factors like obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
When you’re starving during lunch, you’re more likely to add more to your plate and overeat. Instead, have something light for breakfast! There are many easy recipes to whip up in just a few minutes.
If there’s one thing that unites us Malaysians, it’s food! In addition to all the mouthwatering local dishes we have for meals, we can always get snacks from roadside vendors, hawker stalls and restaurants. We love getting local snacks like goreng pisang, kuih, keropok lekor, and paos. That’s not including biscuits and chips we can find in-stores!
It’s easy to fill your pantry with snacks, but too much of it can ultimately hinder your weight loss goals. Try to avoid filling your shelves with snacks. Another way to stay on track is to prepare healthier and nutritious snacks like nuts or fruits.
As we age, our metabolism slows hair. It will get harder to burn down down carbs and sugar. One way to burn off all these extra calories and keep our muscles intact is by exercising. This also helps your body to stay active!
Even if the gyms are closed currently, that shouldn’t be an excuse to ignore all forms of exercise. Walk around your park, do yoga or, work out at home!
Coffee, Soda, Bubble Tea, Shakes – all of these may be delicious, but you’re actually consuming empty calories. If you’re trying to limit your calorie count, please remember that all of these drinks count as calories!
Instead, try swapping these drinks for water, tea, fruit-infused water!
Shopping when you’re hungry
This is a big no-no! When you’re hungry, you become more focused on satisfying that hunger and in turn, ignoring your checklist of healthy food! Hunger shoppers tend to find high-calorie food more irresistible too.
What can you do? Make sure you’ve prepared your grocery list beforehand and fuel up before you hit the stores. When you’re out, try your best to stick to the grocery list and avoid all temptations!
Not Getting Enough Sleep
How many hours of sleep are you getting every night? Adults are supposed to have a minimum of 7 hours of sleep. Remember this – having an adequate amount of sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. If you wake up lethargic, you’ll tend to get coffee or snacks to give you energy.
If you have trouble falling asleep at night, try these things:
a) Put your gadgets away about 1 hour before bedtime
b) Avoid heavy meals just before you sleep
c) Avoid heavy workouts at night (focus on the ones that will relax your body)
d) Have soothing drinks (avoid soda and coffee) at night
At the end of the day, do what works best for you! It’s good to acknowledge these bad habits and work on them. However, you shouldn’t let these overwhelm you. Take baby steps, do your research, learn to listen to your body and have a healthy relationship with food.