8 Habits that make you fat

Almost everyone has habits that make them fat. Sometimes you are aware of them and sometimes you don’t even know you have these habits. These habits can be small things such as hanging out with the wrong friends and can be bad as sitting in front of the television for a couple hours a day. It’s a good thing to find out if you are guilty of some of the following habits that make you fat.

Watching television

what-are-the-best-apps-to-use-while-watching-tv-1518601872-dec-16-2012-1-600x400This habit is I think the most popular one. Who doesn’t watch television these days? Even though watching television has become something we do daily, it has downsides. And the most important one is gaining weight. People watching television for 2 hours or more per day are more likely to be overweight. This is because watching television is something relaxing and when you are relaxed, your heart rate and metabolism will drop which will result in burning about 20 to 30 calories less per hour.

Fast food

McDonalds? Burger King? KFC? Rings a bell? I’m sure it does. Fast food is another big reason why the number of overweight people keeps growing. Because we live in a fast paced world, fast food is often the answer for us. Quick, tasty and…unhealthy. Instead of spending 30 to 60 minutes in the kitchen we often go to the nearest fast food store and get us something to eat. You, me and everyone else knows that fast food isn’t the healthiest food in the world. It contains fat (a lot of it) and low numbers of proteins and fibers. If you are interested in why you shouldn’t eat at McDonalds or Burger King, read the posts.

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Alcohol

fivelongtermeffectsofalcoholabuseIf you like to party and drink alcohol while doing it, be careful. Alcoholic drinks contain quite some calories in them. Let me give you a couple examples. A vodka with diet coke – 56 calories. A vodka with coke – 120 calories. Regular dry Cider – 204 calories. A pint of beer – 182 calories. As you can see there are quite some calories in alcoholic drinks and you should be careful with this. Because drinks don’t fill as much as food, it’s easy to forget how much you are drinking and how much calories you are taking in.

Diets

A diet is good, if you know what you are doing and you are watched by a doctor or a dietician. But most people that are dieting are not, and they should be very careful with this. A diet may seem successful in the first place, but the yo-yo effect that comes after it isn’t pleasant at all. After the diet you lost weigh, but there are a couple of things linked to that weight loss and that the loss of lean body mass as well as fat mass, and loss of lean body mass slows your metabolic rate. So, when you break your diet and resume “normal” eating again, you re-gain the weight you lost plus a little bit more. So dieting itself is a habit that makes you gain weight.

Label reading

If you’re reading labels of food you’re 1 step ahead of the rest. But often people read the labels and interpret it wrong way. Learn to read the labels of food and compare the energy (kilojoule) per 100 grams listed with other similar food products. Choose a product with the lowest kilojoule content if you want to restrict your total energy intake to allow for weight loss. Compare the kilojoules per serving with the actual volume or size of the serving. Just because a snack is small in volume doesn’t necessarily mean it is small in energy.

Friends

You gaining weight could be a result of your friends. Even though this sounds weird, it’s true. A study published in the July 26, 2007 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that obesity may be “socially contagious.” The study was conducted on more than 12,000 people over 32 years, and concluded that having an overweight friend, sibling or spouse increased one’s risk of obesity by 37 to 57 percent.

Lack of sleep

The lack of sleep is linked to weight problems. In addition to the known health problems caused by lack of sleep, including altered mood and decreased mental and motor skills, research suggests that too little sleep causes hormone changes that might lead to obesity. A study done by the American Diabetes Association showed the following results:

The less people slept, the heavier they tended to be, except in the extremely obese group. Patients in the obese group slept less than patients in the overweight or normal-weight group. Patients in the overweight group, however, did not sleep much less than patients with a normal body weight. The extremely obese patients did not report a further decline in sleep time; however, researchers suggest other health-related factors, such as medication, may have distorted their sleep history.

Ready, set, EAT!

Have you had those days where you do a race with your friend and see who can finish his meal faster? I did and after reading a bit on the internet, I’ll think twice about it the next time. A study done by the Department of Surgery, SUNY HSC at Brooklyn showed increased eating rates in severely obese men and women with central fat distribution. Furthermore, increased eating rates were associated with fatty liver and elevated serum lipids. Eating rate in severely obese women and men may be a determinant of the metabolic syndrome.

If you are guilty of some of the habits that were just mentioned share your thought about it.

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