It’s easy to blame our gradually slowing metabolism on the pounds that creep on over the years, but the truth is—you may have unknowingly developed a few unhealthy habits that contribute to your weight gain more than you realize. Here are a few habits to reconsider:
- You’ve transitioned to a job that requires more sitting than standing.
- Mindless snacking has become part of your daily routine.
- You aren’t drinking enough water.
- You are drinking too many of your calories and/or too much sugar: soda, café coffees, sweets with coffee, energy drinks, sports drinks, fake fruit beverages, etc.
- You have stopped playing the sports you love or participating in your weekly physical fitness.
- You aren’t getting enough sleep, therefore not giving your body time to heal and repair.
- You have become a couch potato after you get home for the day.
- You are eating out more, eating larger portions and eating more processed foods and less real foods.
- You skip meals, in turn snacking and overeating when it is time to eat.
- Stress has become a constant state of being, and stress eating has become a norm.
If even one or two of the habits above apply to you, they could be the major contributing factors of your weight gain. Some contribute to a few pounds a year, while others contribute to many pounds each year. With just a few small changes you can make some big changes.