Below are some of the habits you must ditch if you are serious about losing weight.
1. Sedentary lifestyle
Pro Tip: Look for opportunities to move more throughout the day to increase your daily total energy expenditure. You can lose weight by increasing your activity of daily living.
2. Snacking on high-calorie foods
You’re on the road, and you are hungry. So you decide to eat roasted plantain and groundnuts (peanuts) to hold your stomach till you get home. After all, roasted plantain and groundnuts are fitfam compliant foods.
Yes, plantain and groundnuts are good. But many of us (Nigerians) don’t count anything as food unless it has pepper and meat. The combo of one medium plantain and #50 groundnuts is a whole meal in itself because of its calorie content.
The plantain is about 274 calories while the groundnuts can be as high as 599 calories, depending on where you buy it. I doubt if your definition of a snack is an 800 Cal meal.
A snack should not be more than 100-150 Cal. By the way, Gala or any other sausage roll doesn’t meet the criteria either. Those are not fitfam compliant at all.
Pro Tip: Snack on high-fiber and high-water foods like fruits and vegetables. And lean protein like chicken breaks, Greek Yogurt, seeds, and nuts.
3. Eating while watching television or while working on your computer
Multi-tasking may sound like a good idea, but some tasks that shouldn’t go together. Watching television while eating are two tasks that don’t fit together. There is a tendency to overeat when you are not focusing on what you are eating or what’s on our plates. This is a bad habit we must ditch because it makes us eat mindlessly, and affects the brain’s ability to sense fullness which causes us to eat more.
Pro tip: Practice mindfulness when you eat by focusing on the task at hand.