Have you ever wondered why so many diets fail? After all, all of them come with certain guidelines and rules whose primary purpose is to ensure a person is on a right track. The reason a vast majority of diet plans prove to be unsuccessful is that dieters adopt or don’t get rid of unhealthy eating habits that undermine their effort. Throughout this article, you’re going to see how unhealthy food habit affects your diet plan.

Are unhealthy eating habits that common?

With a massive effort of various governmental agencies as well as non-profit organizations, during the past two decades, the consumption of healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables has improved. However, the healthy eating pattern has been outpaced by the increased consumption of unhealthy foods, according to a study published in the Lancet Global Health. The extensive study analyzed the diet quality in 187 countries, covering 4.5 billion adults or 88.7% of the global adult population. Dr. Fumiaki Imamura and a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine evaluated global consumption of key dietary items by nation, region, age, and gender in the period between 1990 and 2010. The scientists included 325 surveys to analyze the consumption data. The findings showed that older adults had better diet habits than younger adults. Furthermore, women had healthier eating habits than men. The scientists who worked on this study admit the results are quite worrying because increased intake of unhealthy foods outpaces increased consumption of healthy items across most world regions.

Does wrong food habit damage the diet plan?

Yes, your habits regarding consumption of healthy (and even unhealthy) food have a major impact on the entire diet plan. For example, a lot of dieters have wrong strategies that usually include replacing their favorite treats with some healthier, but a less-desirable option, according to a study whose results were published in the journal Psychology & Marketing. Meredith E. David and a team of scientists at the Baylor University from Texas conducted this research to assess the common food habits and strategies used by dieters to achieve their goals. The study included 542 participants and assessed their level of self-control.

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