A long, long time ago, a completely wrong-headed idea started being passed around America’s dinner tables: Eating fat makes you fat. Well, it’s time to erase that from your mind as it’s simply wrong. Eating fat won’t make you gain weight, any more than eating money will make you rich. Consuming foods that are high in calories can lead you to pack on the pounds, and most “low-fat” or “fat-free” foods actually have just as many calories as their full-fat versions, because of added sugar and chemicals.
And there’s no debate on this one: Since we made “cut down on fat” our favorite food craze roughly 30 years ago, the U.S. obesity rate has doubled. Among children, it has tripled.
But it’s just one of many bad habits that can be causing weight gain that starting now, you will turn into a “slim-down” habit. All you need is a pinch of resolve and a few new routines. Here are the 15 daily habits that are causing you to gain weight you can replace right now. And be sure you’re not filling your kitchen with any of the unhealthiest foods on the planet.