You already know that weight gain results from consuming too many calories (yes, we're talking about foods like chocolate and pizza!). However, at its core, weight gain is actually due to an imbalance of healthy and unhealthy habits.
There are two main types of foods - healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and plant-based fats, as well as not-so-healthy options, such as processed and packaged foods and those high in sugar and saturated fats.
While the foods you eat certainly do play a role, it's not just what you eat that can cause weight issues. Unhealthy behaviours can lead you to consume more calories and therefore play a part, too - sometimes without you even realising it! Keep reading for the top bad unhealthy habits that lead to weight gain.
Spanish researchers set out to identify the key habits that promote a poor-quality diet
A group of researchers from Spain have identified the top bad habits that lead to weight gain. And, interestingly, it includes more than just the usual things that come to mind, such as eating lots of fast food, snacking from vending machines and eating while watching TV.
However, the most significant finding of the study is that substantial weight gain usually isn’t due to just one bad habit, but rather a combination. To arrive at this conclusion, the team followed 1,600 people for four years, focusing on the effects of seven specific unhealthy habits.
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They found that these are the seven top bad habits that lead to weight gain…
The researchers found these seven habits to be the most detrimental to your waistline:
Consuming pre-cooked or canned food;
Not planning how much you’re going to eat;
Eating in fast food restaurants;
Not choosing low-calorie foods;
Not removing visible fat from meat or skin from chicken; and
Eating while watching TV or sitting on the sofa.
The team noted that the more of these unhealthy habits that people had, the more likely they were to gain weight. The three habits that had the strongest association with weight gain were failing to plan the amount of food you’re going to eat, frequenting fast food restaurants and eating in front of the TV.
While it’s not easy to break bad habits, focusing on breaking these three could make a real difference in the number on your scale!
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