When you hit the age of 30, there are some things you just can’t get away with anymore – like eating mistakes you’ve been doing since you’ve discovered your taste buds.
30 is a pivotal age. Most of your friends (and maybe yourself) are starting their own family at this age, perhaps expecting a baby or really reaping the benefits of all their hardwork in their careers.
This is also the age when major changes occur in your body. In your 30s, your metabolism starts slowing down and you seem to be responding poorly to your best friend’s magic anti-hangover elixir that you swore by in college.
This is why it’s important to make healthier lifestyle choices when you hit the magic three-oh. And that includes stopping these eating mistakes before it’s too late.
1. Eating Junkfood
You might think, “Ehhh, that’s what they’ve all been saying since grade school” but this time, you should really listen. Junkfood isn’t called junkfood for no reason. It’s usually filled with high amounts of artificial flavoring, saturated fat, sodium and preservatives – all contribute to weight gain and cancer. Yes, you heard that right.
2. Eating Like A Trucker
Sorry, but if you’ve gotten used to gobbling down two slices of pizza at once, it’s time to back up and slow down. Often, we gain weight due to poor eating habits like not chewing your food well enough. Studies show that it takes at least 20 minutes for the brain to realize that it’s full, so if you chew your food too fast, chances are, you’re consuming way more than your body actually needs. Instead, take your time to really savor the flavors, smell your food and take in the colors of your meals. It’s rather more enjoyable.
3. Sleeping Late
There’s a reason why old people sleep early – because their bodies just don’t have much energy anymore. While you might not be as weak as a 50-year-old, it’s still important to practice sleeping early to get that full 7 to 8 hours of sleep. When you lack sleep, you’re only increasing your ghrelin levels, which is responsible for telling your brain that it’s hungry. Meanwhile, your leptin levels decrease, which is responsible for telling you you’ve had enough to eat.
4. Drinking Fizzy Drinks
We’re not saying you should completely abandon carbonated drinks (although you totall should!) but when you hit your 30s, it’s time to trade them for organic and all-natural drinks instead. Fizzy drinks usually contain tons of sugar and if you drink it everyday, you’re upping risks of developing diabetes and other diseases. Plus, in a year or less,m your waistline could increase by two inches.