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14 Bad Habits That Could Be Stopping You From Losing Weight

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You’ve been trying to lose weight as efficiently and quickly as possible. Yet, nothing works?

You think you’ve covered all the basics like cutting out fast food, reducing fat intake, and skipping dessert, but now you’re starting to think that maybe you’re doing something wrong you’d be correct in assuming that, but what exactly are you doing wrong well we’re going to tell you.

1. Eating late at night

You’ve had a long day at work, and now it’s time to lie in bed and watch some Netflix.

You reach for your favorite snacks and fast food, thinking it’s okay to do because you didn’t eat anything unhealthy during the day, wrong! When you eat just before going to sleep, you’re filling your body with food that will be metabolized very slowly, resulting in weight gain, if you must snack, choose fruits, and low-calorie foods.

2. Bad sleeping habits

Going to bed late having an erratic sleep schedule, waking up at different hours every day. These are just some of the things that can affect your weight loss goals.

Studies have found that disturbances in sleep can affect the balance of appetite hormones, which is linked to the amount of hunger we feel during the day; also, people who are sleep deprived are 55% more likely to gain weight than those who take their sleeping patterns seriously.

3. You only eat low-fat

This might be confusing and counterproductive to weight loss, but hear us out.

Food that’s labeled low-fat only saves you a few calories and gives you a sugar rush, fat is necessary. So, all you have to do is choose healthy ones that won’t get stored in the body; good natural and healthy fats can be found in avocados, nuts, whole eggs, and full-fat yogurt.

4. Eating too quickly

When your mom used to scold you for eating too fast, it was because she wanted you to grow up with good manners. Now science has revealed that there’s more to eating slowly than that.

A study found that those who eat slowly consume one-third of what fast eaters eat think of it this way it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that it’s full.

5. Sedentarism

we know it’s the most visible piece of advice, so when it comes to weight loss.

You might think that you can lose weight by just changing the way you eat, but this is the slowest path available. There’s a lot of science to back up the undeniable fact that people who eat well and exercise regularly are the masters of keeping weight off.

6. Skipping breakfast or skipping any meal

Logically you assume that skipping meals means less food and, therefore, less weight.

This assumption is wrong for many reasons, when you skip meals regularly your metabolism slows down this makes you more likely to overeat at the end of the day, that’s right that 9 pm post-work Chinese food run isn’t natural if you skipped meals during the day.

7. You eat off big plates

Studies have found that over 90% of obese people opt for larger plates when they order food this is pretty straight forward more food equals a higher caloric intake, so next time you make food or order something ask for a small plate if you’re not satisfied 20 minutes after eating, you can always go back for more.

8. You don’t drink water

If your primary source for quenching your thirst is a drink that fizzes or has a strong sweet flavor, then you won’t lose weight. Only drinking two sodas a day increases your chances of gaining weight by 33%.

A study found that people who drink two cups of water before each meal lost 30% more weight than those who didn’t, so replace that can of pop for water, and you’ll start seeing the difference.

9. Stress and anxiety eating

The source of your overeating might be emotional, try to observe when you binge eat snacks and see if there’s a relation to how you feel.

People who eat when they’re stressed or anxious were 13 times more likely to be overweight, try to create a habit other than eating, when stress and anxiety kick in, like going for a walk drinking water or chewing gum.

10. You drink alcohol

When you cut off your alcohol intake amazing things start to happen, did you know alcohol gives you twice as many calories as proteins and carbs, not only that, but these alcoholic calories are also empty of nutritional value? Alcohol can also play a significant role in overeating.

A study showed that alcohol activates the hypothalamus region in the brain, which heightens our senses and makes us more inclined to crave food without actually being hungry?

11. Not keeping track

Also known as eating amnesia, you should always be aware of how much food you’re eating; we’ve all been there; you’re enthralled by an excellent show and eating chips. At the same time, you’re taken in suddenly the entire bag is gone, and you don’t know where it all went.

We’ll tell you where… right into your body where it’s putting on the weight just be aware of what you’re eating at all times or better yet just get a bowl there’s no reason you should be out with a whole bag of chips when you’re trying to lose weight anyway.

12. Falling to convenience

if you’re a person who’s on the go frequently, you’ll probably find yourself falling into this trap more than others, you’re at the airport, or you’re at the gas station, or maybe you’re just out at the zoo or something, then hunger sets in, so you grab the thing that’s the most convenient and that’s usually something pretty unhealthy.

This is what we’re trying to avoid and keep in mind that convenience often means weight gain, our advice plan ahead, have a healthy sandwich, fruits, nuts smoothies and trail mix at your fingertips so you don’t have to stop for anything that’ll expand your waistline.

13. You eat mayonnaise

Listen for some people there’s nothing better than Mayo it is the best-selling condiment in North America, and we have Keane’s mustard can you believe it?

However, we regret to inform you that this delicious sandwich spread is terrible for you; it’s mostly fat and, therefore, calorie-dense, so it’s easy for calories and fat to quickly add up when you’re not paying attention to portion sizes.

So, unfortunately, people it may be time to ditch the high-fat condiment in favor of something a little more healthy; next time you’re making a sandwich try throwing on some mustard we hear Keynes is pretty good or maybe just some extra vegetables for a little bit more crunch.

14. You drink soda

No, not soda! Why would you do this to us soda? We love you so much!

Well let’s get this lambasting out of the way, yes, you were probably already aware soda is terrible for you, soda is unhealthy for you.

Because a 2005 study found that drinking one to two sodas per day increases your chances of being overweight or obese by nearly 33%, we know what you’re thinking, well we can drink diet soda right? Well, No! Unfortunately not, when researchers in San Antonio tracked a group of elderly subjects for nearly a decade, they found that compared to non-drinkers, those who drink two or more diet sodas a day watched their waistline increase five times faster.

The artificial sweeteners trigger appetite cues, which make you eat more.

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