11 Things you Never Knew could make you Fat

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:May 18, 2015

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Sometimes, what you believe is often the exact opposite of the truth. It is the things that we never think of that can contribute to an increase in weight.
  • 1

    Your Relationship

    A romantic relationship is comforting, but it can also contribute to you gaining weight. Think about romantic dinners, cuddling up and the takeouts. Get your partner to hit the gym with you to turn things around.

  • 2

    Smoothies and Fruit Juices

    Smoothies and fruit juices are taken for healthy food options, which is not always the case. The natural sugars and, in some cases, hidden ingredients in some of these can give more calories than you think. Instead of smoothies and juices, go for a whole fruit.

  • 3

    Coffee

    Caffeine is commonly associated with weight loss. However, it can be calorific when frequently consumed. To turn things around, limit consumption of black coffee to two or three cupfuls.

  • 4

    Allergies

    If you have an allergy for which you take antihistamines, you are quite likely to gain weight. Antihistamines increase hunger and appetite. If you have been gaining weight, limit your intake of antihistamines or turn to a natural approach to your allergy.

  • 5

    Weekend Parties

    It is great to unwind the week with a bash, but it could make you pile on the pounds. People don’t realize that they eat markedly more on weekends and those extra calories can add up quickly. Don’t go by your food temptations and watch your alcohol intake.

  • 6

    Boring Workouts

    If you stick with the same fitness plan day after day, it will be discouraging. You may miss out on working out because it isn’t interesting. This is why it’s important to vary your routine enough so you don’t get bored.

  • 7

    The Room Temperature

    According to a research published in the journal Obesity Reviews, a cozy home could make you gain weight. To keep the number on scale down, turn down the thermostat.

  • 8

    Television

    It is a well-known fact that leading a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to weight gain. When you watch TV you spend less energy than when you rest. If you spend three or more hours in front of TV every day, you might be gaining weight without realising.

  • 9

    Not enough Shut Eye

    If you are not well-rested, your body's metabolism will be slow. As a result, you will burn fewer calories. Moreover, sleep deprivation makes you tired. When tired, we often turn to sugar for an energy boost. Make sure you get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day.

  • 10

    Dieting/Fasting

    Fasting can cause a loss of lean muscles which lowers your basal metabolic rate – the amount of calories your body needs on a daily basis. This makes your body require fewer calories than it did before. Instead of fasting, adopt healthy eating habits and introduce changes gradually over a long period of time.

  • 11

    Stress

    Stress and anxiety make it difficult to keep the body weight in check. When stressed, we reach out for comfort food. This leads to stress-induced eating and weight gain. Meditate to calm the mind.

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