Five Bad Habits That Will Help You Lose Weight
It's that time of year again where everyone makes their New Year's Resolution.
The common resolution seems to be losing weight, but some people have a hard time quitting those bad habits that helped them gain weight in the first place. Now, recent studies have shown that some of those bad habits might just HELP you lose weight!
Here are five ways to lose weight WITHOUT ditching some of those bad habits....
1. Drink wine. There's an antioxidant in the grapes called ellagic acid that's been shown to boost your metabolism and slow down the growth of fat cells. And WHITE wine is better than red. But one glass has about 125 calories, so don't drink too much...unless it's special occasion like a Monday.
2. Eat chocolate. Researchers at U.C. San Diego found that people who ate chocolate regularly tended to be thinner...even if they consumed more calories on a daily basis. Dark chocolate is actually the best in this case, so avoid those Kit Kats!
3. Have lots of sex. Even though you only burn 3 to 4 calories a minute, it actually helps. It also makes your body produce the hormone oxytocin, which can prevent you from gaining weight by reducing stress. And some studies have found it also helps suppress your appetite. It is better than walking, not as good as running, but who cares?
4. Use butter, not margarine. Recent studies have found butter is better if you're trying to lose weight, because of an acid contained in it called butyrate . Margarine has trans fat, which has been directly linked to weight gain and gut fat...and nobody wants that.
5. Sleeping in. Don't be afraid to hit that snooze button every now and then. When you don't get enough sleep, you're more likely to binge eat. Recently, a new study found when teenagers lost one hour of sleep, they consumed an extra 200 calories on average! For those of you who don't know the math, that’s nearly a half pound of weight gain per week if it becomes a habit.
For more ways to lose weight by keeping your bad habits, click here.