3 Of The Worst Nutritional Habits For Your Health & Fitness
Nutrition makes a sizeable contribution to your overall health & fitness. It’s safe to say that bad nutrition equals bad health, while good nutrition equals the opposite. You should all know this, which is why you (hopefully) follow good nutrition plans and have lots of excellent habits to help you eat healthily.
Nevertheless, there are plenty of bad nutritional habits that cause harm to your health & fitness. If you’re guilty of any of these, then there’s a chance you can end up with health conditions or fail to achieve your fitness goals.
Of course, knowing is half of the battle. So, here are some of the worst nutritional habits around and how they cause problems:
Stuffing your face full of avocados
Some of you may see this as a personal attack on your eating habits! Avocados are probably the world’s first viral food substance – if that’s even a thing. Everyone went crazy about them a few years ago, and they’re still incredibly popular right now. The big reason behind their popularity is that they’re supposed to contain lots of nutrients that are great for us. Now, this is true! Avocados are a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids, along with a handful of essential vitamins.
So, what’s the problem?
Eating an avocado a day isn’t much of an issue. The problem comes when you’re eating more than one every single day. This is because, despite the health benefits, avocados are high in calories. One large avocado alone can contain over 300 calories. So the avo on toast you’re having could be more calorific than you realized.
Mainly, this is an example of an underlying bad habit; you’re eating too much of something that contains lots of calories! If you’re trying to lose weight, then you need to watch your calorie intake. Having an avocado with breakfast, lunch, and dinner gives you a vitamin boost, but it also takes up a huge percentage of your recommended calorie intake for the day. Be mindful of what you eat, and check all the nutritional facts instead of focusing on the good things.
Drinking lots of fruit juice
Again, you’re wondering what on earth is so bad about this!? In moderation, fruit juice is great. It’s an easy way to pack lots of fruit into your diet, and you can see many health benefits. But how much is too much?
Pretty much all nutritional guidelines say 150ml of fruit juice per day is all you need. Why? Because extracting juice from fruit gets rid of essential fiber and leaves you with loads of sugar. Obviously, there’s sugar in fruit regardless of how you eat it. But, eating it whole will mean you get the fiber in it as well. This slows down the rate of absorption of the sugar, so it’s nothing to worry about.
Drinking too much juice means you have lots of sugar in your system in a very short space of time. Obviously, this is bad for your health in many ways. Sugar can cause cavities in your teeth, meaning they basically erode down and can fall out if left untreated. Granted, there are places like Russo Dentistry that can fit you with replacement teeth, but you’d rather things don’t get to that stage! The bigger concern is that sugar is absorbed in the liver. Having too much of it in your body at once can put your liver under increased strain and lead to health problems like diabetes.
In short, cap your juice drinking at 150ml per day – preferably with one of your meals!
Skipping meals to lose weight
So many people do this, and it’s one of the worst things you can do for your physical and mental health, along with your overall fitness. Sadly, the logic behind this move makes sense. If you want to lose weight, then surely you need to eat less food. Technically yes, but also not really. It’s more to do with calories in versus calories out. You saw this mentioned earlier when talking about avocados. The general rule of fat loss is that you need to burn more calories than you consume. So, eating less will technically make you lose weight as you won’t consume more calories than you use.
However, skipping meals is not the right way to do this. When you skip meals, you starve your body of energy. This makes you feel lethargic and fatigued, which doesn’t help if you’re trying to get fit and go to the gym! It will also put you in a terrible mood as you feel hungry all the time but don’t want to eat. You lose strength as well, and you’re not fueling your body with nutrients it needs to help your muscles grow and get nice and toned.
Instead, focus more on what you’re eating. Check nutritional facts on food and count your calories. Also, switch to workouts that burn a lot of calories – there’s one linked below for you to try out! You’ll be surprised at how much you can still eat while also losing weight at the same time.
The only time it’s appropriate to skip meals is when you’re fasting. Some people do this for religious reasons, while others try a technique called intermittent fasting. With any type of fasting, you still eat your usual amount of food, just at different times. Instead of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you have a big breakfast and a massive dinner. You’re still consuming all the nutrients your body needs, you’re fuelling yourself, so it’s not the same as missing meals entirely.
It’s crazy to think that we’ve covered some massive things in this post, but there are still loads of bad nutritional habits out there! If you want to be healthy and achieve your fitness goals, then you’ve got to be more conscious of what you’re eating and drinking. To start, avoid making the three mistakes outlined above. Get into the habit of following good habits. It sounds like a bit of a tongue twister, but this is the secret to a healthy and happy life.