With so many differing opinions out there on weight loss it’s tough to separate fact from fiction. It seems there’s an endless parade of pills, juicing, diets, or other techniques that promise you will lose weight but they’re just not working for you.

We have decided to trim the fat off all of the BS when it comes to methods to losing weight. If you have been trying to get rid of some extra baggage but still see the same numbers on the scale every day, the following eating and lifestyle habits could be to blame:

1. Skipping meals

This may not seem to make sense at first glance but you have to eat to lose weight! Your body needs calories to function the right way, so when you skip a meal your body goes into “survival” mode and is more likely to hang on to fat than to burn it. It’s much better to eat smaller meals than to eat one large one and not eat for the rest of the day.

2. Too many healthy foods

What? I thought I couldn’t be too healthy? Well…you’re right and you’re wrong on a the same time. Just because you’re eating grapes or low-fat yogurt doesn’t mean you can eat a ton of it.

Some people think they can eat large portions of healthy foods without any negative consequences but those calories can add up no matter where they come from.

3. Eating out too often

If you’re going out to eat no matter what it says on the menu, you’re probably eating more butter, oil, and salt then you would use at home.

Let’s face it too, if you’re sitting down to a nice restaurant dinner it’s easy to throw your willpower out the window. In addition, restaurants are likely to give you way bigger portions than your body needs. At home you’re in control.

4. Eating on an empty stomach

You never want to let yourself get too hungry before a meal because when you do, you are much more likely to overeat.

You don’t feel completely full until about 20 minutes after eating, so it can be difficult to curb your appetite when all we can think about is a growling stomach.

5. Not getting enough sleep

Studies show people who sleep less than 7 hours are as much as 30% more likely to gain weight. Not getting enough sleep interferes with the way your body tells your brain when you’re hungry.

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