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The 8 Weight Loss Roadblocks Holding You Back

Stuck in a weight-loss plateau? These surprising factors may be preventing you from reaching your goal weight.

The 8 Weight Loss Roadblocks Holding You Back
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Here’s how to outsmart these weight-loss roadblocks, from the new book 'Stop & Drop Diet.'

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1. You eat when you’re not hungry
1. You eat when you’re not hungry
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A lot of us are slaves to the clock.

When I was growing up, my mother had dinner on the table promptly at six o’clock. Even if I wasn’t especially hungry then, you can be sure I ate—and I cleaned my plate, because that’s what we did in our house. Who knows how many extra calories I ate that way?

I’m not saying that your meals should be unplanned.

In fact, it’s best to make sure you eat regularly to keep from getting so ravenous that you lose control and can’t stop eating.

But if you’re in the habit of eating when the clock says to, instead of when you’re actually hungry—which researchers at the University of Minnesota found is one of the main reasons people eat when they do—you tend to lose touch with what “hungry” feels like and eat more than you really need.

Keep your schedule flexible if possible and listen to your tummy.

On weekends, for example, I find that two main meals is all I need or want. I’ll linger over coffee (or go for a run), then find it’s 11, sometimes 12 o’clock before I’m hungry enough to want to eat.

Or I’ll have a healthy breakfast, then get caught up in my day and have what I call an “afternoon dinner” at 3 or 4.



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