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The worst eating habits that are killing you

These are some of the worst eating habits that could be shaving years off your life

You might want to rethink your favorite menu items if you love burgers, fries, and ice cream. Your eating habits can either help you live a healthier, longer life or they can shorten your lifespan altogether. In fact, 90% of Americans don't consume a balanced, well-rounded diet.

Here are some of the worst eating habits you need to ditch right now:

Drinking too much soda

You have probably heard this a million times, but sodas and other sugary carbonated drinks are harmful to you. Research suggests that drinking regular and diet soft drinks can reduce your lifespan. People who drink two or more sodas daily face a higher risk of death, according to a group of international researchers.

Drinking two glasses of carbonated drinks a day also increases your risk of suffering from heart disease. Even one glass of soda a day can lead to fatal digestive diseases. So, it's better to ditch eating and drinking habits like sodas and stick to fresh juices or good old water.

You love eating meat

Sadly, the beef burgers and T-bone steaks you dine out on every weekend could be killing you. Eating habits involving red meat is linked to heart disease, cancer, and other potentially life-threatening conditions. You might want to rethink your dining options and add more veggies and greens to your diet to balance the meat out.

Cutting on calories

If you eat too few calories, your metabolism can slow down. While cutting down on calories is often essential for losing weight, reducing your calorie intake too much can have the opposite effect.

If you drastically reduce your caloric intake, your body will think you're not getting enough food, slowing down the speed with which it breaks down food. Keep your metabolism balanced by adding energizing fruits like pineapples and watermelon to your diet.

A bowl of fruit surrounded by colorful fruits.

Not getting enough protein

Protein intake is important for maintaining a healthy weight. When you consume more protein, your metabolism speeds up, and you feel full for longer. The boost in metabolism you feel after eating protein-rich foods is called the thermic effect of food (TEF).

Protein has a greater thermic effect than either carbohydrates or fats. In fact, consuming protein can temporarily enhance metabolism by 20-30%, while eating carbohydrates only raises it by 5- 10% and fat by 3%. Higher protein intake can also ensure your metabolic rate doesn't slow down too much since this often happens when you're trying to maintain weight.

You tend to skip breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet between rush hour and work and school, it often gets pushed aside. We don't give this much thought, but it actually has a major impact on our metabolism. The rate at which our bodies break down food slows when we sleep.

To give your body a much-needed energy boost, you must break the metabolic fast. The best way to do this is to get all your nutrients and energy at the beginning of the day, so your body can process that food all day long.

You don't drink enough water

Your metabolism can slow down if you don't drink enough water. Drinking enough water helps your body burn fat and lose unwanted weight. No matter what temperature it's at, water can help you feel fuller faster and eat less overall. Keep a water bottle with you wherever you go and enjoy it in small sips all day long. You can also add water-rich foods like watermelon and cucumbers to your daily diet.

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