7 Surprising Weight Gain Culprits

Find out if you're accidentally sabotaging your diet.

7 Surprising Weight Gain Culprits

You think your diet is nutritious and your fitness routine is on the right track so why are you packing on the pounds or struggling to shed the weight? Read on to learn how aspects of day-to-day lifestyle could be interfering with your ability to lose weight.

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Low-Fat Foods

While the benefits of good-for-you fats—like monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids—are well known, why are we still afraid of them? If you find yourself snacking on low-fat chips, fat-free muffins, and fat-free pretzels instead of raw nuts, veggies and hummus, or an apple and peanut butter, your scale might be stalled. Healthy fats help keep you satisfied longer and can even fight cravings. Eating monounsaturated fats (like avocados, nut butter, nuts, and olive oil) can help reduce belly fat as well, according to research.

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Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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