These unhealthy habits might be sabotaging your health. Start living a healthier, more worry-free life by breaking these bad habits:
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1. Satisfying late night food cravings
Satisfying late night food cravings
Craving for food in the middle of the night? Satisfying your desire to eat late at night is one of the first unhealthy habits you have to break if you want to live a healthy lifestyle. Eating at night disrupts your sleep cycle, causes indigestion and may lead to more weight gain.
Drink water if you feel hungry—chances are, you are just thirsty or bored, and not really hungry. Eat more, earlier in the day, so you won’t be hungry at night.
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2. Relying on sugar and caffeine for energy
Relying on sugar and caffeine for energy
It’s always tempting to reach for an easy solution when we feel exhausted. A cup of coffee, a bottled energy drink, or a piece of sugar-packed energy bar may be an effective energy booster, but what they really do is make matters worse in the long run. Caffeine leads to sleeplessness, headache and it can be addictive. Sugar can give you an initial jolt, but leaves you more exhausted as it starts to wear off. If you feel the need for an extra boost to stay alert, opt for snacks that are loaded with protein and carbohydrates such as whole grains and breads, eggs and meat.
3. Skipping breakfast
Breakfast is your first meal of the day. It instantly boosts your mood and concentration so you can be functional throughout the day. This is why skipping breakfast is NOT healthy. It can wreak havoc on your metabolism and can lead you to overeat at lunch. Stop skipping meals, and you’ll start feeling better and do more at work.
4. Not getting enough sleep
Not getting enough sleep
We all know the importance of sleep and have probably felt the need to get a good night’s sleep from time to time. Feeling sleepy is your body’s way of telling you that you are tired, and ignoring it may lead to serious health problems.
Sleep is critical as it affects your mood, brain function, appetite and metabolism. Lack of sleep can lead to accidents, and increases your risk of cardiovascular diseases—and diabetes.
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5. Watching TV
There’s nothing better than watching TV and relaxing after a long day at work. Everybody needs to relax in order to stay healthy, right? Here is something you should know: according to an article from The Telegraph, “every hour spent watching television shortens the viewer’s life by 22 minutes.” When you watch TV, you are engaging in a sedentary behavior, which can negatively affect health. Spend less time watching TV and add more physical activity to your daily routine.
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