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Avoiding unhealthy eating Habits

Updated on November 7, 2016

5 Unhealthy Eating Habits

Choosing better Eating Habits

Time changes everything. I'm sure when this cliche' got started it was intended to mean change in a positive manner. Just like a door opens from both sides, there is a good side and bad side to everything. It's nearly 2014, obesity is now considered a disease (in my opinion it's a side effect to other underlying conditions/factors), but that's just me, it is what is, a disease. More than 25 million Americans suffer from Diabetes, and another 42 million have pre-diabetes. Pre-Diabetes usually occurs prior to the development of type 2 Diabetes. If one of your parents or siblings has Diabetes, there is a very good chance you will develop it as well. The point I am trying to get across is that we need to start taking better care of ourselves. In a popular movie (the Matrix), it was said that humans are a lot like a virus, we use up all of our natural resources until there are none left and then move on to the next. Now I understand this is Hollywood and just a sci-fi movie, but there was some truth to that statement. Some people are actually killing themselves with the unhealthy, dietary/nutritional habits that they have. There is a consequence for every action. If you chose to continue eating things that are not healthy/bad for you, you could suffer the ultimate consequence. The next time your out and about, look around you and count to yourself how many obese people you see over the age of 55. I'll give you a hint, there aren't very many. So lets start with some simple, helpful tips than can keep you around and healthy for a little while longer.


Not Eating is Never good for the Body

Fasting

Fasting is becoming much more popular and not just for religious purposes. It has recently became a way of dieting/losing weight or as a cleanse/detoxification of the body, although there has been no factual evidence that fasting detoxifies the body. While I've gotten mixed reviews on whether it works or not and I definitely would not recommend this to anyone as a route to take for weight loss/dieting. Even if you successfully lose weight doing it, this practice will also lead to the loss of muscle and strength. When your fasting, the body goes into starvation mode to preserve itself and you basically force your body to use it's reserves for daily energy/fuel. Eating less naturally will slow down your metabolism to conserve energy, When the fasting is over and your eating habits return to normal, the slower metabolism will more than likely put the weight you lost back on you. I understand in today's world, everyone wants things now and basically expect to lose weight in a very short period of time. Unfortunately that's not how the human body works. In the long run, it will be more beneficial to you to gradually decrease your carbohydrate and fat consumption until you get to the point that you are burning more calories than your eating.

Binge Eating is never a Positive thing

Binge Eating

Binge eating is a seriously dangerous bad habit. Many people do it for different reasons, whether it comes in the form of depression, insomnia, obesity, cravings or even issues with your menstrual cycle in women. This usually occurs in people that are already overweight, however there have been many cases with people in a healthy weight range. Changes in your caloric intake should always be gradual. I cannot stress that enough. If you normally consume 2500 calories a day, and you go on an eating binge and start to intake 4500 calories a day can be extremely hazardous to your health. The human body was not designed to handle these type of changes for any reason. Even if your a body builder trying to bulk up, you will not only gain more fat than muscle, you will be putting your health at risk. Lying to yourself and calling it a cheat meal doesn't make it any less dangerous. Binge eating can become problematic and develop into an actual eating disorder where you feel compelled to keep eating, resulting in malnutrition, heart disease, diabetes and other serious health conditions.

Bad Fats versus Good Fats

Stop Avoiding Fats

Many people hear the word "fat" and start running like they are trying to avoid the plague. All fats are not bad and attempting to cut them out of your diet completely is not even an option. Your goal should be reducing bad fats. The fats you get when you pull up to the drive-thru window and hear "welcome to Burger King, how can I help you?" should be avoided period. Good dietary fats such as fish, almonds, some meat sources and egg yolks are imperative for your organs, health and over all well being. Your brain requires fats to perform at it's optimum level. A rule of thumb that I like to live by is, anything that's made by man and you absolutely love to eat it, is more than likely bad for you.

Healthy eating habits is a Choice

The Body requires a Certain number of Calories on a Daily Basis

Under-Eating

It sounds logical that if you're eating less, you will lose weight and have less stomach fat, however, just like fasting and over-eating is bad, under-eating can be just as detrimental. No matter who you are or what body type you have (ectomorph, mesomorph or endomorph), your body requires a certain amount of calories on a daily basis in order to function properly. Ladies, if your over weight (let's say you weigh 200 lbs or more), eating 1000 calories a day is not going to help you lose weight. Ironically you will gain weight because the body will store everything you put in your mouth as fat, because it does not know when you are going to feed it again. Consistent under eating can result in malnutrition, vitamin, protein, and/or carbohydrate deficiency. As far as fitness/body builders are concerned, if your trying to gain lean muscle, under-eating should be avoided at all costs. You will get leaner and shredded, but you're definitely not going to grow. If your trying to grow muscle/get bigger, 500-600 calories a day should be added to whatever your daily caloric intake number is.

a diet, a diet is temporary. If you eat healthy and change your bad habits, following these simple tips, added with a regular workout program, we all can easily kick this "fat epidemic" right in the face.

Egg Salad Sandwich

Egg Salad Sandwiches

  • 8 Hard cooked eggs, Diced
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Onion Flakes, Dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dill, Weed
  • 8 slices Bread, Wheat

Directions for Egg Salad Sandwiches

  1. In a bowl, gently mix the eggs, onion flakes, mayonnaise, mustard powder, garlic powder, black pepper and dill. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Serve - pread equal amounts on the slices of wheat bread. Makes 4 servings. (4 sandwiches)

Snacking

Dieting or cutting calories is not easy. To put it bluntly, it sucks. We all know that. If it was that easy then no one would be over weight and we could all eat whatever we wanted to. You've been sticking to your diet religiously for weeks and one night your stomach won't stop growling at you until you lose it and ambush the kitchen. Some people are under the impression that eating late is bad for you. It's not when you eat, it's what you eat. Your body can't tell time. Now if your stuffing your face with junk right before you get into bed, that would be very bad thing. You just erased your dieting and workout for that day. If your craving junk food, it should be consumed early in the day so that it can be worked/burned off. Protein shakes, eggs and plenty of water are good things to consume prior to bedtime and should do a good job of holding your stomach at bay until the morning.

Some people get hypnotized by the words "diet or fat free", usually the females (sorry to keep calling you out ladies, but unfortunately it's true). While those words sound really good, in actuality they just give you a false sense of security. More often than not, these products are high in sugar, have a lot of calories and contain crap ingredients that are not good for you. There are many other ways you can cut calories.

Losing weight is more of a lifestyle change rather than a diet.

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      Robin Bull 3 years ago from Moore, Oklahoma

      Under eating is a problem not many recognize. It causes our body to store food (and hold onto fat) because it thinks it is starving. Great hub. Voted.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      As usual, your advice makes so much sense. In my experience, fasting and under-eating are often followed by binge eating. Thanks for your explanations on these important food matters.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      I am always hungry. Protein and vegetables in large quantities satisfy way faster than carbs. Would like to see picture of veggies and lean meats on this hub as a way to sway people toward them.

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      Andy Aitch 3 years ago from UK & South East Asian Region

      Well put Kevin.

      Everyone, it seems, who makes a decision to diet, looks for that quick fix, and care little whether something is healthy or not, so long as they achieve their goals. The problem with 'diet' is that it is something we usually go ON, and that means there will be a time when we come OFF it. And we all know what happens when people go on and come off diets.

      We are all responsible for our health and wellbeing, and the only way to eat proper is to educate ourselves, get to know our bodies, and understand how to eat right. In other words, it's all about a lifestyle change. Thanks to hubs such as this, we get introduced to what's good and what's bad, and if we want to take note, such information gives us a foundation on which we can build a better, healthier, happier, life for ourselves.

      Andy Aitch

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      Florida Pauline 3 years ago

      These all also go hand and hand- a fasting-starving mode many times leads to a binge, when the binge ends and guilt, discomfort, etc. set in its starve mode, and so on. Fats- good fats- are essential and through my experience when avoided the skin, hair and other body functions suffer. Snacking, however- well for me I eat all day- BUT I know what, when and keep a journal and plan my over all day (with options ).I suppose it is more like 4-6 mini meals, and things like endive, nori, apple slices, etc here and there. Again- all clean foods that I am aware of the content and calories.

      The focus should just be on wellness, ultimate health, and the rest will fall into place.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      It's not when you eat it's what you eat... that is the truth when it comes to eating late. I cannot sleep well if I have anything more than fruit, yogurt or a simple salad after 8 pm. Great information here for many to use in keeping healthy while losing weight.

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      Kevin W 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you all for the read, I appreciate it RobinBull, FloridaPauline,Teaches12345

      @ Ms Dora, Glad I could help

      @Tirelesstraveler, Ill see if I can make that happen for you

      @Andy, it's a process that takes time, some people don't understand that

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      There are lots of useful suggestions in this hub, alphadogg16. Thanks for sharing them!

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      Kevin W 3 years ago from Texas

      No problem, Thank you for the read AliciaC,

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Helpful tips for nutritional dieters I have to pay attention to your useful points.

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      ladyweight 2 years ago

      Just awesome! I particularly like your take on obesity actually being a symptom of our actions. We all fall into bad eating habits sometimes. The best we can do is to be alert and aware of every bit of food that goes into our moths.

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      Dave 2 years ago

      Hello! Thanks for this useful video. By the way, I nctoie lots of people keep on talking about Kinovelax Diet Plan (do a search on google), but I'm not sure if it's good. Have you considered Kinovelax Diet Plan? I have heard many incredible things about it and my cousin lost crazy amounts of weight with it, but she refuses to tell me :(

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      Kate McBride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      I think you are right about fasting. Those who advocate it for detox may have a point but if we eat the right foods we are less likely to need to detox anyway

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