1. Eating amnesia. Very often, this condition is TV-induced. Your hand is stuck in the bag and you don’t realize what or how much you’re eating. That big bag of chips can disappear pretty fast!
2. Too few zzzz’s. Sleep loss makes you feel hungry even if you are full, because sleep loss affects the secretion of cortisol, a hormone that regulates appetite, studies show. Also, sleep loss increases fat storage in your body.
3. After-dinner treats. It tends to be mindless eating and usually involves something sweet. Start a new habit. Have a warm cup of tea, sparkling water, something non-caloric. Quit eating anything after dinner.
4. Starvation mode shopping. Grocery stores and extreme hunger just don’t mix. You end up buying the first quick-fix item you see. Slow down. Eat something healthy before grocery shopping. Shop with a grocery list and stick to it.
5. Getting grabby. You’re at work, in the airport, anywhere, and hunger sets in. The easiest thing is to grab what’s convenient and too often it is junk food. Plan ahead. Have healthy snacks at your fingertips.
6. Drinking without thinking. Beer, alcohol, wine, and soft drinks all go down easy but the calories can really add up. Limit alcohol and high calorie drinks when dieting. Remember water has zero calories!
7. Skipping breakfast. Your body needs fuel, and your metabolism needs to be jump-started with food. Always eat breakfast in the morning for the best weight loss results.
8. Portion distortion. We tend to eat everything served to us whether at home or on the go. Portions are huge these days. Learn what normal portions are and stick to them. Always weigh and measure your food to learn correct portion sizes.
9. Confusing “fat-free” with “calorie-free.” Those “healthy” cookies and other snacks aren’t really pure. Calories are calories. Read the label. Polishing off 10 fat-free cookies won’t help your waistline.
10. Slathering sandwiches with mayo. Try using mustard or low-fat or fat-free mayonnaise for easy calorie savings. Also try adding lots of crunchy veggies into the sandwich for added flavor and extra nutrition.