In almost everywhere that we go, there are signage and advertisements involving these healthy lifestyle campaigns. One can agree that most of the trending topics these days revolve around healthy living and lifestyle, weight loss, getting rid of bad health habits and others that help in the promotion of health and long life. Of course, who wouldn’t be interested in these topics when all of us would like to live longer and enjoy life with our loved ones?
Even on television, radio and on the internet, you can see banners on most websites that you visit flashing contents about healthy living and lifestyle tips, but sometimes, we ignore them, thinking that they might just be spam and all. But what if they’re not? A single click can save your life! A little information every once in a while is definitely beneficial, especially if it involves your health.
Here are some of the bad health habits that you might not know you’ve been doing all these years and some tips on how you can stop them before it ruins your life:
- You skip breakfast. You think that doing so can actually cut down your overall calories for the day and help you in shedding some unwanted fats and calories.) You might have been doing this for a while now, and I hope that you forget this misconception and start eating your breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; you need energy to start your day for a more productive you. If you skip breakfast, there’s a tendency that you’ll just overeat on the next meals of the day, making your excuse to shed some pounds useless. One study also showed that people who eat their breakfast had lower BMIs (body mass indices) than those who do not.
- Stuffing on sweets and junk foods. Even if we deny it, we are sometimes prone to doing this. Sweets and other junk foods can be quite addicting, right? Too much of anything is never good for anybody. When you eat too much sweets before any major meal, you lose your appetite. When you lose your appetite, you tend to eat more snacks and skip on the major meals. Doing this eventually leads to overeating and unhealthy extra pounds—which can lead to chronic non-communicable diseases like heart disease, diabetes, kidney problems and obesity among many others.With determination and discipline, you can fight these urges and fix your eating habits. Instead of stuffing sweets, why not opt for healthier snacks instead? There are also healthier snacks that are sweet like fruits. Fruits can help boost your nutrition, and avoid energy slumps. Replace junk food that you usually eat with real food. If you have the tendency to eat on snacks before mealtime, stop yourself by waiting a little longer.
- Eating too much of your ‘comfort food’. I’m not saying that you completely avoid your comfort food. All I’m saying is that all it takes control and discipline. There may be times that you feel angry, depressed, and sad, that’s why you turn to your comfort food. But don’t rely too much on your comfort food. Yes, it may lift up your mood for a while, but you should turn to other options to cheer you up like talking to a friend, going outdoors, or listening to music so that you avoid stuffing yourself with your comfort food (which, most of the time is full of unwanted fats and empty calories).
- Skipping meals. Guys and girls alike are prone to doing this, especially those who are so conscious about their figures. They tend to skip meals and sometimes push themselves with their exercise program. Think of this, how can you do your exercise program the right way if you don’t eat properly? You won’t have enough energy and you’ll just be putting yourself at risk to get sick. Avoid skipping meals. You can still eat your usual morning-lunch-dinner routine by choosing the right food to go with your diet. Their are lots of fruits and vegetables available that are good sources of the right nutrients and minerals while having little amount of calories.
You actually don’t have to enroll yourself to a fitness program, hit the gym or deprive yourself of food to lead a healthy lifestyle. All you have to have is the understanding of ways to improve the way you are leading your lifestyle now, and making changes for your unhealthy habits and incorporating healthy ones to your daily life. It is not an overnight process, but you’ll definitely see the improvements as you gradually change.