Avoid Unhealthy Eating Habits
Strive for moderation, not perfection
You're stuffed after enjoying a delicious dinner, yet you can't resist the
urge to order a decadent dessert. Or you starve yourself all day, then gorge
yourself until bedtime. Or maybe you nearly always eat on the run, standing up
or while driving.
If any of these scenarios sound familiar, your eating habits could use a
tune-up. All could indicate unhealthy habits that can stand in the way of
long-term weight loss success.
Listen to Your Body
Anyone who struggles with food and eating can fall into habits that may lead
to what professionals call disordered eating. Disordered eating can take many
forms, ranging from unhealthy eating habits that keep you from losing weight to
binge eating disorder, bulimia, or anorexia.
Don't let your desire to lose weight create unhealthy eating habits. Your
first step should be to accept your body and be proud that you are a member of
the Weight Loss Clinic, improving your health while you slim down.
One of the best ways to take charge of your eating habits is to tune into
your body -- that is, to learn to eat when you are physically hungry and stop
when you are full. It's easier said than done, but with a little practice, you
can learn to control your calorie intake without feeling deprived.
Your goal should be moderation, not perfection. Denying your normal desires
to enjoy appetizing food can backfire, leading to binges and disordered eating
Our philosophy at the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic is to help you create an
eating plan that includes your favorite foods -- albeit in lesser amounts or
healthier versions -- to keep you feeling satisfied. We also aim to help you
slowly change bad habits into healthy ones that will stay with you for
One of the most powerful cues to overeat comes when a high-calorie food is
put in front of you. It's almost impossible to resist when mouth-watering food
is right under your nose!
But don't despair. You don't have to totally resist the urge to dive in; all
you need to do is to limit your indulgences. Before you take the first bite, do
a "belly check": Are you really hungry, or are you just eating because
What Makes Us Overeat?
Our lives would be much simpler if eating was as straightforward as putting
gas in an empty tank. But eating is so much more than filling an empty
A multitude of behavioral, attitudinal, emotional, psychological, social,
and environmental factors help determine when and what we eat. When the going
gets tough, even the tough may start eating.
Be mindful of your decision to eat something or not, rather than eating
impulsively or mindlessly. You are in control of what you choose to eat. Once
you start making better eating choices, it gets easier -- and you become more
resolute as you see the benefits of your behavior.