While some have tried pretty shocking techniques to lose weight, there are also some common, long-held techniques that seem like a good idea—and may even work at first—but are absolutely going to backfire and end up causing weight gain. If you’re on a quest to a slimmer you, avoid doing these five things.
Having a Cut-Off Time for Eating
If you’ve heard that you shouldn’t eat past 6, 7, or 8 p.m. in order to lose weight, that’s just not true. Food eaten at night doesn’t automatically get stored as fat, as previously believed. What time you stop eating has nothing to do with how much weight you’ll gain or lose—it’s the total calories you consume in a day that matters. If you are a late-night snacker, opt for healthier options that are easy to digest.