#9 Late Nights
A study found that people who stay up late eat an average of 248 more calories than those who go to bed at a sensible time. The food we eat at night tends to be the worst combination of fat and sugar and the body may process calories differently when it thinks it is supposed to be asleep.
It sounds counterintuitive, but doing intense cardio does not cause you to lose weight. That’s because after 20 minutes of cardio, your body starts to burn muscle rather than fat. Instead, opt for high-intensity training, by going hard for one minute and then slowing down for the next. You should also increase your weight training, since bigger muscles burn more calories.
#7 Air Conditioning
Do you blast the AC to feel comfortable? A study in the journal Food Science and Nutrition posits a theory that using air conditioning to keep the body in a special zone of comfort may be at odds with weight loss. Staying cool decreases how many calories the body burns to cool down on its own. Being warmer also tends to decrease your appetite.
#6 Diet Soda
A long study of individuals who drink diet soda found that over a 17-year period, those who frequently drank beverages with artificial sweeteners had a 47 percent bigger increase in body mass index (BMI). Drinks with artificial sweeteners do have less sugar and calories, but the effect still remains. Researchers believe that the diet drinks sharpen your sweet tooth and cause cravings that make you binge on sugar later.
#5 Catching a Cold
Surprisingly, researchers have determined that people who contract a cold because of adenovirus 36 are more likely to be obese than children who were not exposed to it. According to the study published in Pediatrics, out of 124 children, around 80 percent of them were obese.
#4 Getting Your Tonsils Out
If you haven’t gotten your tonsils out but are thinking about it, consider the study which shows that kids who had their tonsils out gained around 50 more pounds after surgery than those who did not get the surgery. The statistics held for up to seven years’ post-surgery.
#3 Keeping It Light
If you sleep with a light on, it could impact your weight. A study involving mice that was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that people who sleep in lighted rooms gain more weight even when they eat the exact same amount of calories.
Decades of productivity training have taught people that multi-tasking is the best way to get things done, but is it? An Emory University study found that jumping between tasks was exhausting and used up so much energy that it whittles away at a person’s self-control. Start thinking about single-tasking to keep focused and lose weight.
Scientists have repeatedly proven that environmental factors can increase your weight. Your enemy is anything that disrupts the production of endocrine, like bisphenol A, which comes from plastic. The same is true of pesticides.