Don’t allow mindless habits to sabotage your weight loss goals. Listed are some common traps that will jeopardize your weight loss:


Snacking because you do not have anything else to do. You would be surprised how common it is to pass time with snacks. Break the snacking habit by recognizing it, be determined to break the snacking habit by finding something else to keep you busy, such as reading a book or catching up on something that you have been putting off.

Snacking While Watching TV

Snacking while watching TV is a big culprit to mindless overeating and will sabotage your weight loss. As an alternative to snacking, plan ahead for healthy low calorie options, that way you don’t find yourself at the bottom of a potato chip bag.  I like to make a protein smoothie in a blender. You can make it thick and top it with fruit and granola for an ice cream treat.

Finishing Off Leftovers

We have been taught as children to clean our plate, because of starving people out there and we could not be rewarded with a dessert until we ate everything on our plate. Change the  “Starving people out there “ mentality. You don’t have to clean your plate or eat all of your leftovers, regardless of the way you have been taught.

Don’t allow guilt to convince you that you have to overeat because someone else is hungry. It will not fix the hunger problems of others. Stop eating when you are full. Save the leftovers for another meal.

Skipping Meals

Skipping meals because you are not hungry or you don’t have time to stop and eat will set you up for failure every time.  Skipping meals will only increase your hunger and cause you to overeat. I like to call it a “Right now hungry” or another term, “hangry”. You are not yourself when you get that hungry, you look for a quick fix and grab something easy and fast to snack on while you are deciding what you would like to eat for dinner. It is a cycle we have all been through. Plan your meals and do not miss them. Don’t allow yourself to become so hungry that you lose all control, plan your meals.

Filling Up, Even on Healthy Food

A calorie is still a calorie, even when the food is considered healthy. Count your calories, regardless of how clean the food is compared to junk food. Some foods you may consider healthy, such as bananas, pineapples and other fruits are high in sugar and have the same impact on your blood sugar as table sugar. Pay attention to the food labels on everything that you eat.

Drinking Fruit Juice

Fruit juice contains as much and in many cases more sugar than a soft drink. Eliminate juice as much as possible from your grocery list. If you need to add a little flavor to your water try squeezing some lemon, an orange slice or cucumbers into your drinking glass, this will give flavor without the excess sugar and weight gain.

Remember habit changing requires persistent determination. It does not happen overnight. It requires diligence by practicing discipline. Self -discipline is a “Fruit of the Spirit”, to grow it must be exercised.