Healthy Eating Habits: What Not to Do

5 Worst Eating Habits for Your Waistline

Skipping meals and choosing the wrong snacks can create out-of-control cravings. Here's how to stop them.

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We all have the best of intentions, but sometimes we fall into hunger-induced overeating traps without even knowing it. Today, most of us know where our next meal is coming from, yet our reaction to hunger has not evolved with our convenience-centered world. That's why even the thought of being hungry may send you running to the mini-mart for sustenance. If you want to lose weight, however, you must tune into your body's signal to eat.

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"Hunger is a physical cue that you need energy," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD. It can be your best diet ally; if you listen to your body, you'll instinctively feed it the right amount. But fall out of touch, and hunger becomes diet enemy number one: You may eat more than you need or get too hungry and stoke out-of-control cravings.

Break these bad habits to keep hunger in check.