You’re a social media junkie
If you can’t stay away from Facebook and Instagram, you may start to notice yourself packing on the kilos. A large study found that if participants had a friend who became obese, their chance of also becoming obese rose by 57 per cent, according to Harvard Health Blog. Scientists suspect that your social network influences what people perceive as normal and acceptable – if you see your high school friends getting heavier, you feel like it’s OK if you do too.
Fruit juice is a diet staple
If drinking fruit juice is how you get your daily serving of fruit, you’re doing more harm than good. “Your body needs fibre to help regulate how much and how fast sugar gets into the bloodstream,” says endocrinologist, Dr Rasa Kazlauskaite. “Too much sugar causes inflammation within the belly and contributes to belly fat.” Fruit juice in general is high in kilojoules and sugar, plus it lacks the fibre and other vitamins and nutrients you’d get from an actual piece of fruit. Plus, the number of cups of orange juice you’d have to drink to reach your daily serving exceeds how many sliced oranges it would take to get there.
You’re a snack addict
“People treat their bodies like a garbage bin and that can really contribute to belly fat,” says Dr Kazlauskaite. Not only does snacking all day long mean you’re ingesting extra kilojoules that can be hard to keep track of, unless you’re munching on veggie sticks or almonds you packed the night before, but you’re also likely reaching for sweets or processed foods lying around the office, which can be high in fat, sugar and salt.