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Eat Healthy and Exercise

April 10, 2014

Bad Habits that lead to Weight Gain

Filed under: Weight Loss — Tags: — admin @ 3:33 pm

I had never really paid too much attention to my weight until one day I sat down and noticed that I had a big spare tire around my gut. I guess it had been there for quite some time but now it was becoming uncomfortable. I realize that the shape of my body had changed dramatically and I was no longer who I used to be. I looked carefully in the mirror and saw that I was building in places that I didn’t even know I had. I had become overweight and it seemed like something that happened gradually, although the shock of the realization was rather sudden. At first I didn’t know what happened but after I took some time to get perspective on the situation I realized that all the information I needed was right under my nose.

I took a step back and decided to assess my eating habits and what led me to the problem in the first place because I consumed too many high cholesterol foods to avoid. I realized that I really had to improve the way I approach food or else I would continue to gain weight. I had very bad eating habits that included skipping meals on occasion or overeating at night time. Sometimes I would skip breakfast thinking that it would be a good way to drop a few calories for my daily routine, but all I was doing was setting myself up for lower energy levels throughout the day. I also found it incredibly difficult to resist pigging out at night time and there were many times when I would consume large amounts of junk foods past 10:00 PM. These were two of the worst habits that I maintained on a daily basis and it was no wonder that they lead to weight gain.

I think that time, or a lack of it, played an integral role in my weight gain as well. I was extremely busy which meant that I didn’t have enough time to cook meals for myself. Sometimes after a particularly stressful day at work I would simply go to a drive thru an order two burger combos at a time. It saved me the effort of having to cook for myself that also meant that I was consuming a lot of unhealthy food. I also made soft drinks a regular part of my diet and it would be not uncommon for me to consume at least three of them in a single day.

It was important for me to be realistic about my own eating habits so that I would know how to change them in the future. After picking out my worst habits I was able to adapt a planned that would help me to get on track. But it wasn’t until I took a good long honest look at myself there I was able to see where the problems were. If you are in a similar situation I recommend recording various bits of information for several weeks so that you can come up with a resource that will help you to curb bad eating habits. Looking at exercise patterns is also essential and further information can be found here to get the best exercise equipment to fit your needs.

Another habit that I am guilty of is being entirely too obsessed with my weight situation. I realize that I spend way too much time thinking about my weight and how I look in general. Sometimes I wonder if it’s because I’m more worried about how other people will see me or if it’s just for health reasons. I have to admit it’s a bit of both, which I’m guessing is the case for many people as well. In this world that we live in, it’s hard not to constantly think about your personal appearance. It seems this is something that everybody is obsessed with in one way or another. I can see how younger people with even a lesser developed sense of self can become completely engulfed with these types of things if an adult like me is having problems as well.

When you spend too much time obsessing over something, it will lead you down the wrong path in many cases. I know for certain I was making bad food choices for a period of time that were not healthy for me at all. Thinking about food and your weight every single minute of the day can cause you to lose your overall perspective on the situation. Once that happens, sometimes common sense gets thrown out the window and you find yourself doing things at you normally wouldn’t. This is why it’s important not to isolate yourself or stew in your own thoughts especially if they are negative.

I know for certain that I spend too much time looking in the mirror and ending up and off the scale to see where my progress is going. I’ve also been tempted by fancy diet plans or even the thought of liposuction as an option. In the end, I realize that it’s far better to focus on a healthy body because that is one thing that will solve a lot of my worries. I healthy body will automatically equate to being more fit, even if I’m not going to be super skinny. Fortunately, I learned a long time ago that being skinny doesn’t automatically equate to health so it’s never been a major concern of mine. I just want to look decent while feeling proud about my body.

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