Most people know they have at least one unhealthy eating habit they'd like to break, and despite popular belief, a lack of willpower isn't always the issue. Some bad habits are so ingrained in our day-to-day lives that we don't even realize they're harmful. However, stacking up poor food-related practices can lead to overeating and weight gain, not to mention other, related health issues. Recognizing and taking steps to kick these bad habits is a great way to keep working toward improved wellness.


1. Leaving the TV On

One of the worst mealtime habits a person can form is eating while watching TV, a movie, or anything visual that takes some focus away from the act of eating. This encourages many unhealthy behaviors that contribute to overeating, poor diet, and weight gain. Not only are TV shows constantly showing food advertisements or similar imagery, but they also affect emotions and stress levels. These factors can all encourage snacking, even while not hungry.

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