Inconsistent Eating and a Constantly Changing Diet
Written by: Bianca Villanueva – BS (Psychology)
Last updated date : December 16, 2022
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With the rise of the use of social media, health and self-image concerns are at a high. This is especially among the younger populations. As such, many people try to find new ways to get or stay fit. So instead of eating balanced meals, we switch between the latest diet fads. Sometimes we do this without even knowing if what we’re doing is truly healthy or not. This results in inconsistent eating with a constantly changing diets.
In this article, we will get to the bottom of everyone’s inconsistent eating with constantly changing diets. We will also find ways to overcome these issues and how to be healthier. This means being healthier physically and mentally. There’s more to health than just controlling what you eat. Your mindset affects most of the what, when, where, and how you eat. In turn, your physical health is partly determined by your mental health.
Bad Eating Habits and Inconsistent Eating
Inconsistent eating without thinkingIt’s easy to feel the case of the munchies when we feel bored. Sometimes even when we’re doing something like resting or working, we get the urge to eat. So it’s natural that this munching would make you gain weight. This is especially since many snacks are junk foods.
Midnight snackingAfter a long day, even after dinner, some people enjoy sneaking into the kitchen for a late night meal. Many people say that it’s a myth that this causes weight gain. However, studies show that having late night or bedtime snacks are more probable to gain weight. Some say that this helps you gain weight because it messes with your diet and energy expenditure. In other words, your body won’t burn food as much compared to other times of the day. This is partially connected to the fact that people who do this tend to skip breakfast.
Skipping mealsThis applies the most to skipping breakfast. We know that it’s easy to feel like sleeping in, especially on long days. However, like they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Apart from giving you the much needed energy you need for the rest of the day. This helps make sure that you don’t overeat during lunch or “brunch”. This results in poor diet quality because skipping breakfast has shown to have poor diet quality and weight gain.
Stress eatingMany people crave food when they feel happy, sad, angry, and other moods. Eating may be comforting, but it’s not a very good coping mechanism. Usually people tend to indulge themselves in unhealthy food. While it’s okay to eat the food you want, moderation is key if you truly want to lose weight. As moods change, so do your eating habits, leading to inconsistent eating and constantly changing diets.
Quick eatingOn some days, we might be running late or simply have no time to have a full meal. As a result, many of us end up eating on the go. While it can seem like a quick meal, it actually helps you gain more weight. How does this work? When you eat, your body secretes hormones that tell you when you’re full. However, when you eat too fast, you can eat a lot more than you actually need. Your body doesn’t have time to signal you to stop eating. As a result, you gain more weight. Also, it makes eating feel like a chore rather than something that needs to be enjoyed.
Not sleeping enoughThis may seem unrelated, but it’s actually has an effect on weight loss and gain. Much like quick eating, it’s all a matter of your body signals. The hormones in-charge of telling your body that you’re full or hungry have different levels depending on how much sleep you get. Studies have shown that this imbalance can cause your appetite to be higher than it actually is. This results in you eating more than you actually need, gaining more weight.
So, what is inconsistent eating?Inconsistent eating is a term for a bunch of your bad eating habits. It’s eating too fast, too often, too little, in varying amounts and times. This can be because of the reasons we mentioned or because you often change your diet. Either way, eating is meant to be a regular activity at controlled amounts. However, we don’t mean you need to obsessively control what you eat and constantly count your calories. Of course, there’s no strict schedule to be made for eating. However, constantly changing diets can be harmful.
So, what is inconsistent eating?What are constantly changing diets? This is when people tend to change what they’re eating and how they’re eating it. While the key to a good diet is balancing it, many people overlook this. Switching from one fad diet to another without planning proper goals is like trying to shoot at arrow without aiming. You need to know the details of your diet, what it’s for, what meal plans you want, and what you want out of it. Otherwise, you’re not only going to unknowingly gain weight, you’ll end up frustrated because your diet isn’t working the way you thought it would.
How Does Constantly Changing Diets Affect Your Health?
For one, getting used to one diet regimen is tiring. You have to get used to trying foods you don’t usually eat. Then, you’ll have to do away with foods you usually or want to eat. Even the mental effort it takes to stick to a diet is tiring. You have to control yourself and pay attention to your own health. So, imagine constantly changing diets from one to another to another in a short amount of time. It can be extra tiring when you barely know anything about the diet you’re trying out.
Physically, it won’t do any significant harm to your body. Assuming that you’re a healthy, young adult, your body can take most things you throw at it. This is unless you plan on switching between extremes like a high-fat keto diet to low-fat diets. Your body adjusts to what you eat by adjusting the rate at which is breaks down food and releases signals to your brain. Switching between these metabolic states might cause you to gain more weight or leave you malnourished.
Also, you don’t research the diets you try, you might end up using a fad diet. Fad diets usually result in digestive problems, fatigue, dehydration, and lacking essential nutrients. So, make sure you do your research thoroughly before gradually shifting between diets!
Tips to Turn Inconsistent Eating into Healthier and More Consistent
Eat at regular intervalsPlanning your meals ahead of time requires just a bit more effort. However, you’ll find your meals are more balanced when you have more time to think about it. What foods should you make for breakfast, lunch, and dinner later? What times do you plan to eat? Where do you fit it into your busy schedule? Of course, some days, you may have to compromise your work with your eating times, but try not to choose work over food. Eating is a important for making energy for work. Inconsistent eating can compromise that.
Don’t think about skipping meals either. Be consistent with your eating times and avoid making exceptions to that rule. Your stomach has its own timing for creating hormones and stomach acids. Missing your meal times can cause hyperacidity which can damage your stomach and esophagus. This can also cause stomach aches and nausea. Generally, people would want to leave a 4 to 5 hour gap between meals to digest. Avoid any extra snacks, especially those late at night before you sleep. If ever you do, make sure it’s a light meal with high nutrition.
Take your time eatingFood is meant to be enjoyed. Even if you’re eating just to gather energy, you need to eat more slowly. If you eat too quickly, it can cause you to gain weight. This is due to the fact people tend to eat more because the hormones that signal that you’re full aren’t released fast enough. Instead, take your time and pay attention to when you feel full. Eat until you’re satisfied rather than rushing yourself. In other words, if you’re busy, plan in advance and make time to eat.
Avoid fad diets and inconsistent eatingThere are many diets out there that promise weight loss in a short amount of time with the least amount of effort. It’s easy to bite into these solutions. Of course, who doesn’t like an easy way to lose weight? These are usually fad diets. Fad diets are eating plans that gain popularity by making false promises and baseless claims of its effectiveness. It almost sounds too good to be true.
That’s because it usually is too good to be true. Much of the time fad diets are just that: fads. They’re diets that go into fashion and go out once people realize that they don’t work. Sometimes, these diets can even cause weight gain or malnutrition because they’re unbalanced. That’s why it’s more important to have balanced meals than it is to try fad diets without knowing what they do to your body. Always research the diets from credible sources and studies before trying them and constantly changing diets.