Eating Habits To Avoid if You Want a Lean Body

Eating all your  protein at dinner.

"Evenly distribute your protein intake across three to four meals to sustain muscle health and keep lean. Most Americans over-consume protein at dinner," says Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD. Shoot for 25-30 grams of protein per meal. 


Not controlling your portion sizes.

"I often tell my patients that if they choose a kids' or small size the next time they get ice cream, I bet they will not feel deprived or wish they had ordered the larger size," says Elle Wittneben, RD, CSOWM, LDN.


Eating right before bed.

"If we are not allowing ample time for the body to digest then rest, we are not allowing our cells, hormones, and metabolism to adequately repair and restore themselves. The end result? An uphill battle to lose weight," says Kylene Bogden, MS, RDN, CSSD, CLT, IFNCP.


Drinking pre-made smoothies.

"Typically, these ready-to-drink smoothies lack protein and fiber and just have you drinking lots of fruit and some veggies. Dietary fiber and protein should be included at every meal to help maintain your weight," explains Roxana Ehsani, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN.


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