Recently, an online posting on "things to avoid to maintain health and stay slim" grabbed much of Korean netizens' (net citizens) attention. The content of the posting mainly focused on controlling three different things-amount of food per meal, proper meal time, and eating habits-which can not only help maintain well-being but also reduce weight. Let us check what are some of the bad eating habits that we ought to change to stay healthy.
1) Amount of Food: With an aim to lose weight, some people drastically reduce the amount of food they take and others intentionally skip meals. (In fact, I just heard from a friend today that she had de-tox juice for six straight days in replace of meals. Unbelievable how people do that!) Here, "drastically reduce" refers to the case in which-like my friend-one eats less than half of the meal and/or consumes calories far less than the body's basal metabolic rate (BMR). However, one should note that reducing the amount of food directly leads to loss of body fats, muscles and moisture (water), thereby dramatically deteriorating one's strength. Not only that, in serious cases this can bring binge-eating disorder or result into the so-called "yo-yo dieting" which refers to the repeatedly losing and regaining weight that slows metabolism and makes it harder to burn calorie. Therefore, if one wishes to lose weight, one should keep in mind that dramatic decrease in food amount should be avoided and that one should consume minimum calorie required for metabolism.
2) Mealtime: These days, people are just too busy with work and life that they eat at odd times. My cousin, who is a chef at a restaurant here in New York, tends to eat dinner at 11 p.m. after he gets off from work. And most of the time, he often goes on a binge. However, eating irregularly and consuming too much at once can cause "obesity." When one habitually overeats, the body tends to naturally save the rest of the calories as fats, preparing for those cases when we lack food. Hence, even though one weighs normal, his or her body fat percentage can be relatively high, making them "slim yet obese." Despite being skinny in arms and legs, those people may have much visceral (abdominal) fats. Not only that, this can increase the level of blood triglycerides and can also negatively affect insulin secretion, resulting in diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia and other cardiovascular problems.
3) Eating Habits: Again, to lose weight, some people refuse to eat fat-contained food at all. However, fats are the essential elements of our body, which composes cell membranes. Therefore without consumption of fats, people can easily feel fatigue and be sensitive to external shock or even slight changes in temperature. That is why instead of avoiding fats unconditionally, one should consume food such as walnuts, peanuts, almonds and other nuts that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
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