The 10 Worst Habits for Belly Fat

Distracted eating

Eating while distracted, such as watching TV or working on the computer, can lead to mindless eating and consuming too many calories. This habit also makes it challenging to gauge fullness cues.

Not getting enough protein

Protein is essential for building and repairing tissues, including muscle. Not getting enough protein in your diet can lead to muscle loss, which research suggests can slow the metabolism and make it harder to lose belly fat.

Not drinking enough water

If you're not drinking enough water, you may become dehydrated. Dehydration makes it difficult to stay active and torch calories.

Overconsuming calories from healthy foods

Eating too much food—even healthy ones—can lead to weight gain. That's why portion control is essential to healthy weight loss.

Skipping meals

Skipping meals—especially breakfast—can lead to overeating later in the day.

Not sleeping enough

A 2022 review concluded that lack of sleep can disrupt your body's hunger hormones, increasing appetite and cravings for unhealthy foods.

Drinking too much alcohol

Alcohol wreaks havoc on healthy waistlines. It's high in empty calories (seven calories per gram) and can cause weight gain when consumed in large amounts.

Not paying attention to N.E.A.T.

Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (N.E.A.T.) is the amount of calories burned through daily activities besides exercise, like walking, standing, and carrying groceries. Not paying attention to your N.E.A.T. can lead to a sedentary lifestyle and belly fat accumulation.

Neglecting strength training

According to the National Institute on Aging, strength training is crucial for building muscle mass, which can help boost your metabolism and incinerate more calories at rest.

Unstructured eating

Planning out and preparing healthy meals in advance is always a smart idea.

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