Series on 9 Bad Eating Habits and How to Break Them

It’s not just willpower, or a lack thereof, that makes us overeat and gain weight. Sometimes, it’s that sneaky bad habit you developed with what you’re doing to your diet.

Over the 9 series of posts, I will share with you quick fixes for some of the most common bad eating and lifestyle habits that can cause you to pack on pounds.

Bad Habit #1:  Mindless Eating

Cornell University food psychologist Brian Wansink, PhD, discovered that the larger the plate or bowl you eat from, the more you unknowingly consume. In one recent study, Wansink found that moviegoers given extra-large containers of stale popcorn still ate 45 percent more than those snacking on fresh popcorn out of smaller containers holding the same amount.

The Fix: Eat from smaller dishes. Try swapping out your large dinner plate for a salad plate, and never eat straight from a container or package.

Written By Beth W. Orenstein

Medically reviewed by:

Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH

Published by: Wanda Govan-Jenkins, DNP, MBA, MS, RN

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