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Eating Habits to Avoid


By Tom Bonanti

 

Eating Habits to AvoidWith Halloween and the holidays lurking around the corner, itís time to review your eating habits so that youíll stay lean and fit in spite of the seasonal temptations that abound. Maintaining certain habits will keep you on track with your fitness goals while falling into other pitfalls will cause you to gain loads of pounds, frustration and unhappiness.

 First, remember that eating a healthy breakfast rich in calcium, complex carbohydrates, and fiber will set the tone for your meals throughout the day. By regularly eating fruit and whole grain products soon after you get up, you will have more energy, store less fat and be less tempted to overeat at lunch and supper later in the day.

 Secondly, for Godís sake, just because itís available and looks yummy doesnít mean you have to shove it in your mouth Ė Iím talking about food here. Plan your meals and think about what you need to eat rather than what is convenient or what youíre craving at the moment. Take time to read labels. Start a food diary if necessary. Once youíre conscious of what you are eating and how your body responds to your food choices you can exert control.

 Thirdly, just because youíve been good all week and maintained a great diet doesnít entitle you to blow it all on weekend splurges. Researchers report that some people consume an extra 500 calories a day on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays causing a weight gain of 5-10 pounds a year! Most of these extra calories come from weekend boozing and eating out. Stay home, stay sober, and get your ass to the gym this next weekend and be amazed at how good youíll look and feel.

  Fourthly, remember how when you were young you could eat cheeseburgers and fries and never gain an ounce? Well face it, bitch, youíre older now and slowing down. Yes, your metabolism ainít what it used to be. Recognize that youíre not invincible and that fatty, processed, sugary fast foods are not only lethal for your figure, they also cause diabetes, obesity and heart disease at an alarming rate.

 Finally, just because your day is loaded with meetings, deadlines, and noisy demanding stimuli doesnít mean you have to skip meals or hit the vending machines for quickie snacks or junk food. Evaluate your schedule, take control and make time to fit healthy food choices into your routine, or your health and waistline will suffer.



TOM BONANTI IS A CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER AND
OWNER OF PUMPíN INC GYM AT 1271 NE 9TH AVENUE
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33304, www.pumpnincgym.com.