20 Habits that Make You Fat

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FAT HABIT #1: Eating "low-fat"
It sounds crazy, but I want you to stop buying foods marketed as low-fat or fat-free. Typically, they save you only a few calories and, in ... more 
Photo by: Thomas MacDonald
FAT HABIT #1: Eating "low-fat"
It sounds crazy, but I want you to stop buying foods marketed as low-fat or fat-free. Typically, they save you only a few calories and, in doing so, they replace harmless fats with low-performing carbohydrates that digest quickly-causing a sugar rush and, immediately afterward, rebound hunger. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that meals that limited carbohydrates to 43 percent were more filling and had a milder effect on blood sugar than meals with 55 percent carbohydrates. That means you'll store less body fat and be less likely to eat more later.

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Decades ago, around the time of Steven Tyler's last haircut, a completely wrong-headed idea started being passed around America's dinner tables: Eating fat makes you fat.



Wrong. Eating fat won't make you fat, any more than eating money will make you rich. Calories make you fat, and most "low-fat" or "fat-free" foods actually have just as many calories as their full-fat versions, because of added sugar and chemicals. And there's no debate on this one: Since we made "cut down on fat" our favorite food craze roughly 30 years ago, the U.S. obesity rate has doubled. Among children, it has tripled. That's a failed food policy if ever there was one.

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But it's just one of many "get fat" habits that can be turned into a "slim-down" habit, starting today. All you need is a pinch of resolve and a few new routines.


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Here are the 20 habits you can replace right now:

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