An extra bite here, a lunch at your desk there–who would’ve thought that even the smallest actions could impact your body’s number on the scale? While single actions alone will not be the problem behind your climbing weight (like splurging on a cupcake for your coworker’s birthday), it’s when these little actions become habits that you’ll start to see a problem.

An even worse problem? It’s likely that because you’ve been committing these habits for longer than you can remember, you’re probably overlooking the fact that they’re some of the reasons why you’ve been packing on the pounds.

But don’t worry; any of these fattening habits can easily be turned around. You just have to recognise your habit and redirect your action to a healthier choice. Here are some tips on how.

1. Skipping Meals

You may think that skipping meals will help you reach your weight loss goal, but contrary to popular belief, that is not the case. Skipping meals actually increase the likelihood of packing on some extra kilos, especially when it comes to breakfast. Skipping meals slows your metabolism and boosts your hunger. That puts your body in prime fat-storage mode and increases your odds of overeating at the next meal.

Tip: Make your easy, try a Lady Shake in the morning, overnight oats, or hard boiled eggs and fibre-rich crackers. These are a protein-and fibre-packed breakfast. Options like these are delicious, yet nutritious, and easy to make.

2. Binge watching TV
Time spent on Netflix as opposed to at the gym is obviously not a flat-belly move. But it’s more than just a lack of gym time that’s packing on the kilos; a study conducted at the University of Vermont found that overweight participants who cut back half of their normal TV time saved an additional 119 calories a day on average.

Tip: Make the most of your TV time by multitasking while you watch–fold some laundry, or make your kids lunch for the next day. These are calorie-burning activities that won’t have you comfort eating.

3. Always eating out for lunch
If you are consistently eating out for lunch then chances are you’re eating up more calories, salt, and sugar than if you brought your lunch from home. Restaurant options are often spiked with diet-destroying sauces and belly-bloating sodium. Plus, when you eat out, you often say “yes” to more than you need.

Tip: To stay away from those unwanted calories, pack your lunch. The Lady Shaker has a great compartment for an extra couple of scoops of shake for your lunch. Other great recipes are available on our website.

4. Eating at your desk
You may think it looks good to your boss but eating lunch at your desk isn’t doing your waistline any favors. The issue is that you’re eating distractedly, which can cause you to consume more calories than you intended.

Tip: Invite a colleague to lunch, take a walk, or sit in the communal kitchen! Taking a break will help you refresh your mind and give you control over your caloric intake.

5. Thurst not Hunger

Your stomach makes some noise. You’re hungry, right? Maybe not. Man people confused hunger for thirst. Drinking water is a simple trick to stay on track with those weight-loss goals. This may simply be because water is filling and also encourages you to avoid calorie-filed beverages like soft drink and juice. If you want something different have a cup of tea.

Tip: If your stomach grumbles have a big glass of water. You can add fruit or lemon to the water for flavour. This will help you determine if its hunger or thirst.

6. Sitting too much

If you have a desk job you’re sitting a lot of the day. On average, we sit 67 hours a week and spend just 7 hours out of every 24 moving (if that). Doesn’t that sound alarming? It gets even worse: thanks to the popularity of desk jobs, we now burn 100 fewer calories a day at work than we did 50 years ago, according to a 2011 study published in the journal PLoS ONE.

Tip: Take a break. Just two minutes of movement every hour can offset the kilos creeping up. Walk around your desk, grab a glass of water. You will feel better for stretching and help boost the step count for the day.