Healthier eating habits is the first step towards successful weight loss. when you combine healthier eating with more activity in an effective weight management strategy, you get the golden ‘one -two punch’ of weight loss, which is to healthily reduce how many calories you eat while increasing how many calories you burn.
But sometimes the ‘healthy’ eating habits we adopt, while making perfect sense in theory, can actually make you gain weight.
To give you a better idea of what we mean, let’s get right into some of the seemingly healthy eating habits you might be using and see why they might not deliver the results you want.
1. Saving Calories for Later
There are times when it’s difficult to watch what you’re eating. Parties and family dinners are full of temptations. To make up for it, you eat less during the day of an event, knowing you’ll probably eat more later.
But starving yourself can backfire when you get to the family dinner and you scarf down everything is sight because you’re famished. Instead, in addition to eating regularly and healthily every day, it helps to have a healthy snack just before a social event so you won’t be so tempted by all the treats.
2. Replacing Sugar with Artificial Sweeteners
You know how bad it is for your weight loss and overall health so you do everything you can to cut sugar out of your diet.
The problem is that artificial sweeteners can be just as bad, or worse, than sugar for your weight and wellbeing. Artificial sweeteners can trick your body into spiking its insulin production and they may contain unhealthy fats, like palm oil. This includes diet pop too.
If you’re craving something sweet, try eating some fresh fruit. If you absolutely must have sugar, reduce how much you have instead of substituting artificial sweeteners.
3. You Overdo it with Healthy Foods
Just because they’re healthy doesn’t mean you can’t eat too much of them. Portion control must be a key part of your eating habits, even if your eating the healthiest foods out there.
The nutritional consultants at your local Herbal One Centre can help you adopt truly healthy eating habits that will make it easier to reach your weight loss goals.