Nutritional Habit:  Skipping breakfast because you don’t have time to cook.

Reason #1 to simplify:

Breakfast doesn’t have to be an elaborate omelet or gourmet Belgian waffles.   Something as simple as a bowl of oatmeal with berries or a slice of whole grain toast with peanut butter and an apple would suffice. Breakfast simply stands for breaking your fast, what you were doing while you were sleeping.  Within the first 30 minutes of waking, you may want to eat breakfast.  Your glycogen (energy) stores have been mostly depleted by the time you wake, so you will need to fuel up for your day.  In addition, eating breakfast may help prevent munching on unhealthy snacks or overeating at lunch time.

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Nutritional Habit:  Snacking while watching television without paying attention to how much you’ve consumed. 

Reason #2 to simplify:

Before you consume that entire bag of potato chips while watching television, remember that you may be totally engaged in what you are watching and not what you are eating.  This can create mindless eating.  If you must snack, portion out the amount you want to eat before you get wrapped up into the latest episode of your favorite show.

Nutritional Habit:  Drinking coffee as your beverage of choice all day long.

Reason #3 to simplify:

Making a hot cup of coffee takes a few minutes for each pot to percolate.  Coffee helps to wake you up and is a great way to start the day.  And although coffee provides some health benefits, too much of a good thing may cancel itself out.  Coffee is dehydrating and can affect your sleep.  After 2 cups or if it’s after 2 pm, you may want to switch to water or a calorie-free decaffeinated beverage.

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Nutritional Habit:  Feeling the need to eat meat at every meal.

Reason #4 to simplify:

Non-meat dishes take less time to prepare.  Meat can provide good quality protein, but also contains saturated fat and cholesterol.  By eating some meatless meals you can load up on vegetables and increase your intake of much needed vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals as well as extra fiber.  Veggies are so tasty and provide that added crunch to a meal.

Nutritional Habit:  Juicing your fruits and vegetables to increase your intake.

Reason #5 to simplify:

Eating an apple or carrot takes no preparation at all.  There’s no doubt that 100% fruit juice has some health benefits and can give you that added flavor you crave when you want to quench your thirst. But when you eat the whole fruit you decrease your intake of total calories as well as increase your intake of fiber.   How many oranges does it take to make 16 oz. of orange juice?  Probably about 4!  Ask yourself, would you eat that many in one sitting?

 

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