Unhealthy Eating Habits

10 UNHEALTHY EATING BEHAVIORS TO AVOID!

By Nadia Alterio

Women today can be victims of seriously unhealthy eating behaviors. Ironically, many of them know their behavior is consequential, but would rather jeopardize their health to 'look good' than to try and follow a healthy eating regimen. This type of ritualistic behavior is about weight loss and weight maintenance.

Women will try every and any thing that seems like a short cut to achieve their success. This occurs when people do not make a point of educating themselves about safe and healthy weight loss. Fortunately, these are also the easiest people to work with because you know they take their weight seriously and will commit to the right program.

Over the years, I have counseled a number of women and have noticed that many of them share the same unhealthy eating habits. I would like to point out that there are plenty eating behaviors that all women share, but I have chosen to address only these ten because of the self-destruction involved. I know for a fact that we all know someone who is guilty of least one of them. PLEASE, if it's you, let this serve as an eye opener and make the changes necessary to become a healthier and smarter woman!

It is also important to remind you that there are 6 essential nutrients that our bodies require for health, growth, maintenance and development. These are protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water. If we deprive ourselves of any one these nutrients, then we are jeopardizing not only our physical health, but our mental health as well, each through mal-nourishment.

Nutritionists will tell you that your body needs these nutrients to maintain itself. A deficiency in any one of these life sustaining nutrients could be detrimental. Your body needs essential fats, good protein and complex carbohydrates for energy, healing, health, existence AND fat loss or muscle building. Let's live a life filled with love, vitality and self fulfillment.

The following ten unhealthy eating habits are easy to break:

1. YOU'RE A CAFFEINE-A-HOLIC!

If you feel that you can't function properly without your usual morning cup of brew or that you can't go a day without it at some point, then YOU are addicted to caffeine. Caffeine consumed in large amounts on a regular basis is one of the most unhealthy and harmful things that you can do to yourself! If you're unsure of whether or not you are addicted to caffeine, test yourself by trying to go without it for 3 days. If you find that you get a headache or that you are very fatigued, then yes, you are addicted to caffeine. Caffeine is an addictive substance that stimulates our central nervous system and in turn affects the function of important vital organs such as our heart, kidneys, and adrenals. Please, if you are abusing caffeine, make an effort to STOP immediately, or to at least cut back. If you have a cup of coffee and begin to get drowsy, LAY OFF FOR AT LEAST A WEEK! You are DESTROYING your adrenal glands! Caffeine can be consumed in a number of forms. Tea, soft drinks, chocolate, and even decaffeinated coffee contains small amounts of it. Reserve this drink for before a workout or other luxurious moments and limit yourself to 4 times a week but never before noon or in the evenings.

2. YOU EAT ONLY FRUITS AND VEGETABLES!

I can't tell you how many women I have encountered who do this. Eating only fruits and vegetables is not the way to go. All you are doing is eating fibrous carbs and simple sugars, thus depriving yourself of the essential nutrients found in protein, fats, and other complex carbohydrates. Most of the time, you are either hungry to the point where you are starving or you feel really bloated, gassy, and are emotionally irregular. If you continue, you will eventually end up with either an inflamed bowel, a serious ulcer, a tiresome physical appearance or a very slow metabolism. You need protein, essential fats and complex carbohydrates for optimal functioning. Fruit and vegetable foods are essential, but you also need slow burning fuel that nourishes you. Do not limit yourself of fats and proteins.

3. YOU RESTRICT YOURSELF TO ONLY 1 MEAL A DAY!

This is alarmingly common. We all know or have met someone who is guilty of this. THIS IS NOT A WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTION. IN THE END, IT WILL ONLY MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT! Following this type of eating regimen can be very harmful to your health because again, you are depriving your body from many essential nutrients that can not be consumed in only one meal a day (taking supplements or not). You are not getting the required minerals, essential fats and vitamins that your body needs to be healthy by only one or two food groups. Further, your metabolism will slow right down because you are not giving your body enough calories to work with. When you do increase the number of meals you ingest, you will end up putting weight on, especially if you're not exercising because the metabolism has quit. That's why you bloat. But if you eat more meals regularly, the bloating, and the body fat, will disappear.

4. YOU AVOID MEAT AT ALL COSTS!

If this is you, ask yourself why is it that the majority of fit and lean people today eat meat? If you find that you can't answer this, then why are you depriving yourself of yet another essential nutrient? Because someone told you to? Unless you are a die hard vegetarian or allergic to meat, there's no reason why you shouldn't be eating it. MEAT WILL NOT MAKE YOU FAT OR BULGING WITH MUSCLE IF EATEN IN MODERATION! When cooked to your preference, a nice lean healthy cut of steak is actually good for you. If red meat isn't your thing, then try some other form of protein such as chicken breast, tuna, salmon, etc. Experiment to find the source of protein that works for you. Your bodies need protein for muscle growth, tissue repair and a beautiful healthy appearance. Tofu and cottage cheese counts!

5. YOU ARE ADDICTED TO ASPARTAME!

Please pay special attention to this one because it has now been proven after an extensive amount of research that ASPARTAME can kill you. Most aspartame victims don't have a clue that aspartame may be the cause of their many ailments! Aspartame converts to dangerous byproducts that have no natural counter measures. A dieter's empty stomach accelerates these conversions and amplifies the damage. Components of aspartame go straight to the brain, and this damage causes headaches, mental confusion, blindness, seizures and faulty balance. Don't be fooled by sugar substitutes, they are detrimental to your health. If you must have some form of sweetness for taste, then try STEVIA, an all natural sugar substitute that you can get in either liquid or powder form. Otherwise, you just may go blind.

6. YOU LIVE ON SALADS!

It's funny how so many people still think that eating salads is the only way to lose weight. I remember watching an episode of The Cosby Show once where Bill Cosby aka Dr. Huxtable, was told by his doctor that his cholesterol was high and that he had to watch what he ate. From then on, his wife fed him salads at every meal. The funny thing about it was that with any opportunity that he had to cheat, he would. It made a very humorous episode, but on a serious note, he was experiencing the need for REAL food because his body was, you guessed it, deprived of nutrients not possibly found in salads alone. Salads alone will not fill you up, nor will it keep the weight off.

7. YOU ABUSE SUPPLEMENTS!

A surplus of vitamins alone or, calcium pills, fat burners, meal replacements etc. will not make up for what you don't get through meals. This can be DANGEROUS to your health and even TOXIC. Taking more multivitamin pills will not make up for the nutrition to be gained from eating real food. Aside from the nutrients and minerals you receive from food, it's almost impossible to meet all recommended doses through vitamins alone.

8. YOU NEVER EAT BREAKFAST!

Many of you may have thought that this was also the answer to maintaining your weight. You probably thought it would allow you to have control over your appetite throughout the day. Not true. Not eating breakfast not only deprives you of the nutrients you need to kick start your body each morning but it also leads to the loss of muscle tissue. This in turn will leave you flabby and fat without much muscle tone. The body eats muscle tissue in search of lost nutrients when you are not providing it with sufficient amounts of food and to top it off your metabolism will slow right down again. Even if you start with just small meals, build up slowly and work towards having a full breakfast daily.

9. YOU SKIP MEALS SO YOU CAN EAT MORE LATER!

Many people who claim they do not over eat are still out of shape, even when they exercise daily. It's common, but just as common are people who refuse to accept this is what skipping meals will result in. Again, it only slows the metabolism down. Skip a meal and you set yourself back.

10. YOU ARE OBSESSED WITH COUNTING CALORIES AND FAT GRAMS!

Most women need around 1800 calories a day. Don't limit your fat, but you don't try to see how much you can ingest either. Shooting for 6 meals or snacks of around 250-300 calories each a day and allowing your meals to contain good essential fats is going to do you more good than harm. Don't waste time calculating fat grams and every little calorie ingested, just be sensible about it. The object is to eat enough, not to limit yourself.

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