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The 10 Worst Habits Destroying Your Diet

If you’re having problems losing weight or keeping it off, you may have one or more “fat habits”—those daily behaviors, choices, and actions that are keeping you out of your skinny jeans.  Here are 10 of the worst habits and how you can kick them now! By: Julie Upton, MS, RD and  Katherine Brooking, MS, RD, authors of The Real Skinny: Appetite for Health’s 101 Fat Habits & Slim Solutions

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Fat Habit: Skimping on your ZZZs
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Fat Habit 10: Skimping on your ZZZs

Slim Solution: This may be the simplest of all fat habits to break: Get more sleep. Insufficient sleep is linked to excess weight and obesity because being tired negatively impacts areas of the brain that help us make informed, healthier choices. One study found that adults subjected to only 5 hours of sleep for 5 days ate some 6 percent more in daily calories, and consumed a larger proportion of calories from snacks at night. While there is no magical number to strive for, most adults need about 7 to 9 hours a night.

 

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