7 Bad Habits that can give you a Paunch

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Nov 17, 2014

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No matter what you do, you are failing at your efforts to keep that tummy from bulking. Sometimes, a bad habit or two can be the reason.
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    Causes of Belly Fat

    No matter what you do, you are failing at your efforts to keep weight in check. You have tried a number of exercises or have made diet changes several times, but your tummy still looks bloated. Sometimes, habits are the reason behind a paunch. Here are some common unhealthy habits that give you a belly pudge. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Gulping down Sodas when Thirsty

    No day goes when you don’t gulp down a can or two of your favourite carbonated beverage. This habit of yours can cause the waistline to increase. Most of the carbonated drinks have the high amount of sugar that trigger your craving for food and you end up eating more than you should. Choose a more nutritious drink or water to quench your thirst. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Filling a Large Plate

    Eat food served on a large plate is one of the reasons behind belly fat. With your plate filled, you tend to consume more than your body needs. This allows more fat to accumulate around the abdomen. Choose a small plate or practice portion control. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Dining Late at Night

    It is a well-established fact that our body burns some fat while we are asleep. Dining late at night interferes with the process and makes it hard for the body to burn fat. Moreover, a full stomach late at night ups your risk of developing acid reflux and indigestion. Consider eating on time at night and having smaller meals. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Skipping Breakfast

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you skip it, you end up overeating later. This can lead to fat inevitably finding a way to your midsection. Make it a habit to eat a healthy, medium-sized meal in the morning. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Emotional Eating

    Do you turn to food when sad, angry or happy? Emotional eating might make you feel better, but can cause belly fat. A better way to combat this response is by drinking a glass of water, talking to a friend or taking a relaxing walk. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Staying Up Late

    Lack of sleep may cause you to gain weight. One of the reasons you are not getting enough sleep is because you are staying up late. Sleep deprivation increases cortisol hormone that makes you crave for sugary foods. Seven to nine hours of sleep is considered a good night’s sleep. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Binge Drinking

    Binge drinking makes flab to settle down on your mid-section. The consumption of alcohol in moderation is fine but when not moderated properly, it can add lots of calories and give you a paunch. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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