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    FAT HABIT #1: Eating "low-fat"
    It sounds crazy, but I want you to stop buying foods marketed as low-fat or fat-free. Typically, they save you only a few calories and, in doing so, they replace harmless fats with low-performing carbohydrates that digest quickly—causing a sugar rush and, immediately afterward, rebound hunger. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that meals that limited carbohydrates to 43 percent were more filling and had a milder effect on blood sugar than meals with 55 percent carbohydrates. That means you’ll store less body fat and be less likely to eat more later.

    FAT HABIT #2: Not seeking nutrition advice
    Good news here: By reading this, you’re already forming habits that can help you shed pounds. When Canadian researchers sent diet and exercise advice to more than 1,000 people, they found that the recipients began eating smarter and working more physical activity into their daily routines. Not surprisingly, the habits of the non-recipients didn’t budge. Follow me on Twitter for the fat-melting weight loss tips I come across every day as the editor-in-chief of Men’s Health magazine—and lose your belly without ever dieting again.

    FAT HABIT #3: Sleeping too little or too much
    According to Wake Forest researchers, dieters who sleep five hours or less put on 2½ times more belly fat, while those who sleep more than eight hours pack on only slightly less than that. Shoot for an average of six to seven hours of sleep per night—the optimal amount for weight control.

    FAT HABIT #4: Eating free restaurant foods
    Breadsticks, biscuits, and chips and salsa may be complimentary at some restaurants, but that doesn’t mean you won’t pay for them. Every time you eat one of Olive Garden's free breadsticks or Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits, you're adding an additional 150 calories to your meal. Eat three over the course of dinner and that's 450 calories. That's also roughly the number of calories you can expect for every basket of tortilla chips you get at your local Mexican restaurant. What's worse, none of these calories comes paired with any redeeming nutritional value. Consider them junk food on steroids.

    FAT HABIT #5: Drinking soda—even diet!
    The average American guzzles nearly a full gallon of soda every week. Why is that so bad? Because a 2005 study found that drinking one to two sodas per day increases your chances of being overweight or obese by nearly 33 percent. And diet soda is no better. When researchers in San Antonio tracked a group of elderly subjects for nearly a decade, they found that compared to nondrinkers, those who drank two or more diet sodas a day watched their waistlines increase five times faster. The researchers theorize that the artificial sweeteners trigger appetite cues, causing you to unconsciously eat more at subsequent meals.

    FAT HABIT #6: Skipping meals
    In a 2011 national survey from the Calorie Control Council, 17 percent of Americans admitted to skipping meals to lose weight. The problem is, skipping meals actually increases your odds of obesity, especially when it comes to breakfast. A study from the American Journal of Epidemiology found that people who cut out the morning meal were 4.5 times more likely to be obese. Why? Skipping meals slows your metabolism and boosts your hunger. That puts your body in prime fat-storage mode and increases your odds of overeating at the next meal.

    FAT HABIT #7: Eating too quickly
    If your body has one major flaw, this is it: It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that it’s had enough. A study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that slow eaters took in 66 fewer calories per meal, but compared to their fast-eating peers, they felt like they had eaten more. What’s 66 calories, you ask? If you can do that at every meal, you’ll lose more than 20 pounds a year!

    FAT HABIT #8: Watching too much TV
    A University of Vermont study found that overweight participants who reduced their TV time by just 50 percent burned an additional 119 calories a day on average. That’s an automatic 12-pound annual loss! Maximize those results by multitasking while you watch—even light household tasks will further bump up your caloric burn. Plus, if your hands are occupied with dishes or laundry, you’ll be less likely to mindlessly snack—the other main occupational hazard associated with tube time.

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    FAT HABIT #9: Ordering the combo meal
    A study in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing shows that compared to ordering a la carte, you pick up a hundred or more extra calories by opting for the “combo” or “value meal." Why? Because when you order items bundled together, you're likely to buy more food than you want. You're better off ordering your food piecemeal. That way you won't be influenced by pricing schemes designed to hustle a few more cents out of your pocket.

    FAT HABIT #10: Facing the buffet
    Cornell researchers found that when eating at a buffet-style restaurant, obese diners were 15 percent more likely to choose seats with a clear view of the food. Your move: Choose a seat that places your back toward the spread. It will help you avoid fixating on the food.

    20 NEW TERRIBLE FOODS! Some restaurant foods have an entire day's worth of calories and several days' worth of fat and salt. Avoid these shocking diet disasters at all costs: The Worst Foods in America!

    Read more on Yahoo! News

    I felt guilty because some of those habits are actually I do most of the time but I am fortunate enough that my body falls under normal weight and I still consider my self healthy

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  • #2
    Wow..... My mother does them all....
    Thank you for posting this.
    I will just print this and show her.
    This forum has many usefull tips and informations.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by PosterLuis View Post
      Wow..... My mother does them all....
      Thank you for posting this.
      I will just print this and show her.
      This forum has many usefull tips and informations.
      That would be great and hopefully your mother can also join us in the community and start a good discussion

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      • #4
        I agree with this. Obviously all of this routines can make you fat. Most of it is unhealthy routines and lifestyle that results to gaining weight and getting fat. Great share.

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        • #5
          Wow, I do like only 4 out of the 10 posted above.. Watch TV while I eat, sleep much, eat quickly and ordering combo food. :3 I like my portions in large size. :P Large pizza, large burger and large fries. :P
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          • #6
            I'm guilty of #4. But the buscuits are usually so, so good! LOL. Maybe just one?

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            • #7
              Good thing I have a freak metabolism.. Most of the above listed here is what I do. I'll correct my habit from now on.
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              • #8
                Skipping meals, fantastic

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by radascars View Post
                  FAT HABIT #4: Eating free restaurant foods
                  Breadsticks, biscuits, and chips and salsa may be complimentary at some restaurants, but that doesn’t mean you won’t pay for them. Every time you eat one of Olive Garden's free breadsticks or Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits, you're adding an additional 150 calories to your meal. Eat three over the course of dinner and that's 450 calories. That's also roughly the number of calories you can expect for every basket of tortilla chips you get at your local Mexican restaurant. What's worse, none of these calories comes paired with any redeeming nutritional value. Consider them junk food on steroids.
                  a quick bit of advice in regards to eating at restaurants since it is easy to fall under the trap of eating out a lot and skipping the importance of making your own meals and preparing them in advance.

                  when choosing side dishes at a restaurant, always opt for the vegetables - whether it be broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, or salad (with vinaigrette dressing), get the vegetables.

                  also, if your dish comes with TWO sides (lucky you!) then opt for a DOUBLE portion of vegetables...try this:

                  "instead of the fries, could I have extra broccoli?"

                  or

                  "instead of the garlic bread, I would like a double portion of the mixed vegetables please"

                  you want to lose fat and add extra muscle to your body fast? eat your veggies and eat your greens!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bethanyparkin View Post
                    Skipping meals, fantastic
                    Because you tend to overeat the next time you have the chance to do so.. So it's not adviseable..
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                    • #11
                      Thanks for finding the great guide Radascars! I thought the first one was especially interesting.
                      It has the same concept as how diet coke has less sugar and calories, but it is more harmful to your teeth...
                      Most of them are pretty obvious and Im guilty of them too :P

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by lilbear View Post
                        Thanks for finding the great guide Radascars! I thought the first one was especially interesting.
                        It has the same concept as how diet coke has less sugar and calories, but it is more harmful to your teeth...
                        Most of them are pretty obvious and Im guilty of them too :P
                        The ones who are really obvious are the ones we sometimes miss and forget.. It's unnoticeable..
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                        • #13
                          I am also guilty of the three fat habits. I tend to have lesser time of sleep since i could not easily fall to sleep even i was already in bed. And sometimes i sleep more than 8 hours if i get so lazy. I am also skipping because of that and so i tend to eat a lot in a single meal. I may not watching too much TV but i am using the computer for hours per day.
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                          • #14
                            FAT HABIT #3: Sleeping too little or too much
                            According to Wake Forest researchers, dieters who sleep five hours or less put on 2½ times more belly fat, while those who sleep more than eight hours pack on only slightly less than that. Shoot for an average of six to seven hours of sleep per night—the optimal amount for weight control.
                            I think I fall on this one. I might have an insomnia since most of the time, I only sleep around 3-4 hours everyday! I think I'm kinda used to it since my job is on a graveyard shift between 10pm and 7am. I cannot sleep longer than that but I'm trying to since I do believe that everyone should have proper amount of sleep everyday.
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                            • #15
                              So many good tips, truely a lovely article, although I'm pretty sure it's 8~9 hours of sleep.
                              The rest checks out okay, my favorite parts were the Soda and skipping meal parts, those are especially true, one standard glass of soda consists of about 120 calories, some people drink 5~10 cups everyday, think about it, 600~1200 calories just from sodas.
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