If you’re not strong enough to handle these temptations, you could find yourself putting off diet and exercise for just one more day so you can enjoy yourself. Unfortunately, one day can eventually turn into a week, which turns into a month, and pretty soon, you’re right back where you started.
If you’re intent on losing weight and becoming healthier, it’s necessary that you start avoiding all potential “danger zone” situations, at least in the beginning. Once you’ve grown accustomed to healthy living, it’ll be your friends who start to second-guess their own unhealthy lifestyle habits.
Here are five danger zones to avoid at all times when you’re trying to lose weight.
1. Eating in front of the television
The problem with eating in front of the television is that you’re not practicing mindful eating since your mind is being distracted by television. As a result, you could accidentally overeat or make a series of unhealthy food choices. Going forward, turn off the television so you can focus on what’s going into your body. If you’re still not willing to turn off the television, at least serve yourself small portions in the kitchen prior to watching television so you don’t overeat.
2. Indulging on weekends
After enduring a long week at work, you may feel tempted to reward yourself with junk food and sweets to enjoy during your relaxing weekend. However, bingeing on fast food, salty snacks, and desserts can result in a major setback if you’re not careful. Limit yourself to just a small portion of dessert or your favorite food on weekends without going overboard.
3. Dining out regularly
Dining out can be an enjoyable and convenient experience when you’re spending time with friends and family and don’t feel like cooking. However, you can’t always necessarily track the calories or ingredients you’re consuming since you’re not preparing your own food. Restaurant food often contains large amounts of butter, salt, sugar, and other additives that could expand your waistline. Either lower the frequency at which you dine out, or split meals with friends to avoid consuming large portion sizes.
4. Emotional eating
Some individuals become obese as a result of engaging in emotional eating behaviors. A stressful day at work, an argument with a spouse or partner, financial woes, and everything in between can trigger the need for emotional eating. As you work on slimming down and becoming healthier, it’s important that you find new, healthier ways to cope with stress and your emotions. Practice yoga, deep breathing, or engage in your favorite exercise to relieve stress, or do something else you really enjoy such as shopping.
5. Eating at work
Packing your own healthy lunch to bring to work is the ideal way to stay on track with your diet. However, most individuals end up rushing in the morning and resort to eating either fast food or vending-machine snacks on their lunch breaks. When you’re feeling overly hungry, your hunger hormones will become imbalanced and influence you to make unhealthy food choices. Avoid putting yourself in this type of situation by packing healthy lunches every day for work.