‘5 Eating Habits That Prevent You From Getting Fit & Healthy’ – Monica May

 

You can achieve almost any fitness goal if you eat right.

This is mainly because nutrition accounts for 80% of your weight loss efforts.

Bad eating habits are the most common reason why you can’t seem to lose weight and get fit in the first place.

That’s why today, I’m outlining 5 eating habits you have to break, in order to get fit, improve your health, and reach your fitness goals.

So, fit girls, get ready to break some habits!

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1. Not Cooking Your Food Right

The way you cook your food will often determine if the food is healthy or not.

Just think about it this way: Potato is perfectly healthy food we should all include in our diets.

French fries, on the other hand, are basically junk food, filled with trans fats, sodium and simple carbs.

So the same food, cooked in two different ways can be healthy and unhealthy.

So, in order to eat healthier, make sure to cook your foods a healthy way too.

Oven-bake them, grill them, or eat them raw, and you will hit your goals in no time.

Also, always cook with healthier oils. Use extra virgin olive oil instead of sunflower oil or palm oil.

2. Eating Too Much Sugar

Sweet tooth is probably the most common reason why so many women can’t lose weight.

Sugar is the absolute worst enemy of health.

And we are not talking about weight loss only, but sugar is the reason for so many diseases and health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart problems, and obesity.

Sugar is added in almost every processed food nowadays, and on top of that adding sugary foods in our daily diet can prevent us from getting fit, losing weight, and getting healthy in general.

In order to get healthy, get these foods out of your diet:

Stop eating foods like:

  • Sugars (refined sugars, candy, chocolate…)
  • Junk foods and sugary snacks
  • Sugary and fizzy drinks (this includes fruit juices and alcohol)
  • Highly processed, simple carbs

You can learn more about how to eat healthier in my 28-day meal plan, Burn Baby Burn.

3. Skipping Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Since mornings set the tone for the whole day to come, having a balanced breakfast is crucial.

It often determines how your whole day will look like: If you start your day right, you are more likely to keep it healthy and balanced for the rest of it.

In addition, always go big for breakfast, making sure you put in the right amount of fuel to start the day energized and clean.

Anything from whole-grain toast topped with peanut butter and a piece of fruit, to overnight oats with lots of berries.

If I’m up for a salty breakfast, I go with avocados and cottage cheese, sided with eggs.

You can find lots of balanced breakfast ideas in my articles:

4. Obsessing Yourself With Calories

In my latest article Don’t Fall For The Weight Loss Trends I explain why I am against counting calories as a way to get healthier and get fit.

There’s no doubt that you can lose weight if you eat fewer calories than you burn.
However, I don’t think this is a healthy way to achieve any fitness goal, mainly because it’s not everything about the calories when it comes to healthy food.

All calories are not the same.

In fact, healthy food doesn’t always mean low-calorie food and it’s always better, for both your body and health, to have a handful of almonds with over 300 calories, instead of a coke zero.

I always say, with calories as with diamonds, it’s the quality that matters most and enhances their value.

This means that it’s not how many calories are involved that matters, but if the food is healthy and good for your body or not.

I often feel like so many people are stuck with counting calories these days, that ‘healthy food’ isn’t valued anymore.

You can count calories all day long, but as long as they come from junk foods, you’ll end up with no long term results.

Plus, obsessing yourself with numbers without paying attention to the quality of the foods you eat, can lead to eating disorders.

5. Eating Less

The first thing that comes to most of us when we think of dieting, is the worst feeling of being hungry all the time.

Well, a healthy diet shouldn’t be about eating less – it should be about eating right.

And anything that feels like malnourishment is just not good for you and won’t give you the long term results you want.

And eating less than your body needs will do more harm than you think.

For starters, it will slow down your metabolism, which is not a good thing. In fact, by eating healthy and getting fit we should speed up our metabolism, not slow it down.

And while eating less may help you lose some weight short term, once you’re done with your diet you’ll gain more weight than you used to have, aka as the yo-yo effect.

Plus, when you’re hungry all the time, you are more likely to reach for unhealthy foods and binge eat at the end of the day.

That’s why, I’m all about eating as much as you want, as long as you make sure the foods you eat are healthy.

You can read more about it in my article ‘The Truth About Eating Less To Lose Weight’.

Now it’s Your Turn!

I hope I helped you get healthier and break some bad habits.

If you like it and find it helpful, don’t forget to share it with your friends.

Till next time!
xoxo