18 Habits That Tip the Scale in the Wrong Direction
Ever step on the scale and think, “What’s going on?” You’re not alone. The average person gains about 1 to 2 pounds a year. That might not sound like a lot, but over time that adds up.
So what are you doing that’s tipping the scale in the wrong direction? Take a look at this list. If you’re guilty of any of these habits, own it, and change your ways to manage your weight.
- Eating fast
- Choosing soda, coffee, and sugary drinks instead of water
- Hanging out a lot (with friends, food, and drinks)
- Sitting for hours every day (in your car, at work, at meals, in front of the TV or computer)
- Skimping on sleep (most people need 7 to 9 hours a night)
- All work and no play. You’re always stressed out and don’t take time to relax.
- Eating large-portion sizes and/or going for seconds.
- Munching your meals in front of the TV.
- Not eating enough healthy, protein-rich foods (skinless poultry, fish, low-fat dairy, nuts and seeds)
- Not eating enough fiber-rich foods (fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, legumes
- Always taking the easy way out. Elevator or escalator instead of the stairs. Driving around and around looking for a front-door parking spot, instead of walking.
- Munching on unhealthy snacks because you didn’t have healthier options on hand.
- Indulging in healthy, high-fat foods (coconut, avocado, nuts, olive oil)
- Getting whatever sounds good or looks good while grocery shopping
- Not eating enough fruits and vegetables (that’s what half your plate should include at meal time)
- Drowning leafy-greens in salad dressing (it’s high in calories, and many dressings are even made with high-fructose corn syrup)
- Eating at random times from day to day (it negatively impacts appetite, metabolism, and other things.)
- Blowing your healthy eating habits and calorie-controlled diet every weekend and overeating
OK. So did you answer “yes” to any of these things? If you’re making any of these mistakes, you’re going to have a hard time tipping the scale in the right direction. The good news, you can change. Start now. And if you need a little help, check out the Portion-Control menu for healthy meals you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner.