A few days off here, a little Halloween candy there, an extra beer at happy hour every now and then: Weight gain isn’t always as obvious or as blatant as stuffing your face with wings and melting into the couch.
“It’s usually ‘small behaviors plus time’ rather than the big ones that might be easy to spot that lead to weight gain,” says Jonathan Ross, the American Council on Exercise’s senior adviser on personal training and author of Abs Revealed. “We might think about knocking out a half of a pizza one night while out with friends watching the game, but the bigger issue might be the soda we have in the afternoons as a pick me up. It’s a small, single choice but if it’s repeated frequently enough, it can cause a big impact.”
The fix, according to Ross: Examine your daily habits more than the “big” slip-ups—starting with these eight.