You Should Stop These Daily Eating Habits, According to Experts
Everyday habits can be tough to break, especially the ones revolving around food. For example, maybe you're someone who has a habit of eating a lot of sugar after meals, or maybe you've gotten into the habit of skipping breakfast because you have a activities of sleeping in and heading straight to work.
Whatever your habits may be, it's important to pay attention to the ones that may additionally be harming your health in the long run. We talked with a few experts to learn about the everyday habits that can wreck your body so that we can know which ones to try to avoid.
1 Skipping breakfast
According to our experts, skipping breakfast is one of the worst eating habits to have. "Eating in the morning sets your body up for a day of stable blood sugar, that means you won't have as many intense cravings," says registered dietitian Lauren Pimentel, RD, "so when people skip breakfast, they often end up overeating during the day because their bodies are starving and desperate for nutrients."
Pimentel additionally notes that this can contribute to a vicious cycle, where "those who skip breakfast often end up eating their largest meal at night, and these individuals feel very full when going to sleep, and most likely wake up with little or no appetite for breakfast."
2 Too many juice cleanses
A juice cleanse here or there is probably fine, but Pimentel believes that continuously cleansing or going on fasts can wreck your body and your metabolism.
"If you always do fasts and cleanses, your body will slow down your metabolism over time as a protective measure, which is your body saying 'oh no, we are being starved again, we better hold on to these calories because we might not get more for a while,'" says Pimentel, "and a slower metabolism eventually leads to weight gain and makes it increasingly difficult to lose weight over time."
3 Eating late at night
According to our registered dietitian expert, Keith-Thomas Ayoob, EdD, RD, eating before bed is a detrimental addiction that can lead to disrupted sleep, reflux and indigestion issues, and a lack of hunger in the morning.
"There's actually something called 'night-eating syndrome' where people eat very little during the day and think they're saving all these calories, only to have a huge calorie blast at night when they get hungry while watching TV," says Ayoob, "so to avoid this, attempt to avoid eating 3 hours before bedtime and eat a high-protein breakfast within two hours of waking up."
Ayoob says that getting enough calories and protein during the day and closing the refrigerator door in the evening before bed will lead to much better sleep and can potentially help with your weight goals as well.
Originally published: Eat This Not That