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6 Reasons You’re Gaining Weight

Hint: It's not just what you're eating.
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4. You’re short on sleep.

It's a fact: “People who lack sleep eat more,” says Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD. Plus, when you don’t sleep enough, you tend to make poor food choices, reaching for starchy, fatty foods that are packed with calories.

The fix: Get a good night’s rest, and practice good sleep habits. Go to bed the same time each night, avoid caffeine late in the day, and keep your bedroom just for sleeping and sex.

5. You’re losing muscle.

“Starting in our 30s, we lose muscle mass every year,” Jacobsen says. It happens very gradually but adds up.

The fix: Fight back. Do strength training. “It doesn’t have to be all about pumping iron. Try yoga, which uses your body weight as resistance and builds muscles,” Jacobsen says.

6. Your strategy needs a turnaround.

You’ve probably lost weight by counting calories, carbs, fat grams, or points before. But such diets can backfire.

Dieting is strongly associated with weight gain over time,” Jacobsen says. That's because you regain the pounds, and more, when you go off the diet.

The fix: Ditch rigid diet rules. Instead, notice when you're hungry and full, and let that guide your eating, Brown says. Also, don't forget about the calories in drinks. They add up, too, so you may want to make plain water, with 0 calories, your standby.

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Reviewed on June 09, 2014

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