Eating habits refer to how and why people eat the foods they eat. Where they are eating, with whom, along with the ways in which people can access, store and dispose of food. Individual, cultural, social, religious, environmental, economic, and political factors all influence the eating habits of every individual.
- Skipping breakfast – Start your day with a healthy breakfast to give you an energy boost and help to clear your mind. Breakfast also allows you to start making healthy choices beginning your day. This is particularly essential for children.
- Starving yourself – Contrary to popular belief, the first reaction of hunger is weight gain through fat deposition. How does this happen? Well, when you do not eat for a long time, your body is deprived of food. When you finally eat again, your body will consider the need to store these calories as fat in an attempt to conserve nourishment.
- Binging – Food binges generally include fatty snacks like pizza or chips. Eating too many foods will probably lead to weight gain. Plus there is often dissatisfaction and the feeling that you do not have self discipline.
- Eating before bed – Eating foods that are spicy or eating too much fatty foods and caffeine more than two hours before bedtime can reduce the quality and duration of sleep, making you feel tired, slow and generally not feeling well the next day. Eating fatty foods before going to bed will slow the emptying of the stomach, aggravating digestion whilst spicy foods can cause indigestion and heartburn.
- Not drinking enough water – It is no secret that water is necessary for optimal functioning of all life forms, including humans. What is surprising is that not drinking enough water throughout the day can actually lower your metabolism, making weight gain likely. Since water is necessary for all metabolic functions including the burning of calories, be sure to drink at least half of your body weight of pure water daily. Soft drinks and sugary juices do not count!