You Have an Unhealthy Relationship With the Scale

You Have an Unhealthy Relationship With the Scale

If you step on the scale multiple times a day, chances are that you’re going to drive yourself insane with trying to get that number lower; after all, your weight is naturally higher at certain points of the day (thanks to water weight) so that doesn’t necessarily reflect your weight-loss progress. But, ditch the scale completely and you’ll lose track of your progress. Researchers at Cornell University found that weighing yourself just once a day can help tip those numbers down without making you lose your sanity.

7 You Don’t Get a Full Night’s Sleep
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Your sleep pattern has an influence on every aspect of your health, and your weight is no exception. Research conducted by Harvard University found that there is a major link between sleep and weight gain. One study the university noted found that women who slept less than seven hours a night were 15 percent more at risk for obesity than those who had a full night’s sleep.

8 You’re Eating the Wrong Proteins
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All meats have protein in them, but some are fattier than others. Red meats, like beef and lamb, have a higher fat content than lean meats like turkey and chicken. In order to get your protein intake for the day without consuming excess amounts of fat, try sticking to leaner meats like poultry and fish. If you can’t combat your red meat cravings, try going for grass-fed beef, which has less fat and more good-for-you omega-3s than farm-raised beef.

9 You Drink Juice
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All juices, even the 100 percent natural ones, have high amounts of sugar. One serving of apple juice can contain 24 grams of sugar, which is nearly half of the daily recommended sugar intake per the FDA. Juices also lack fiber, one of the key components to a whole fruit’s nutritional value.

10 You Eat Salty Food
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Excess salt in your diet can do some major damage to your weight loss journey. A study conducted by Queen Mary University of London showed that every excess gram of salt you consume each day can increase your risk of obesity by 25 percent. So, lay off of the chips and fries and reach for some low-salt snack alternatives like hummus and veggies.

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