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7 things that can stand in the way of weight loss

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Certain habits can hinder your attempts to lose weight - and keep it away.
If you've changed your eating habits to focus on healthier foods and taken your workout seriously, you can expect to lose weight. However, the reality is that despite what you may have believed, weight loss is more complicated than calorie consumption versus calorie consumption. If you are trying to lose weight, check these habits that may interfere with your efforts.
1. You save on protein.
If you normally eat a muffin or avocado toast for breakfast, you may need to increase your protein intake. Research has shown that a high-protein breakfast can help alleviate hunger, so you may be less tempted to have a morning snack.
Protein is also important at lunch and dinner. If you routinely eat salads or sip gazpacho without accompanying protein - such as boiled egg, yogurt, beans, meat, poultry, or fish - over time, this can lead to a decrease in muscle tissue, which means that your metabolism will slow down and mak…

I Switched Up My Alarm Clock Sound to Ease My Morning Stress

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In my mind, there have always been two types of people: those who rise at dawn, hit the gym, and enjoy coffee in peace, and night owls like me, who jolt awake at the sound of their alarm and frantically race out the door every day, breakfast in hand.

That was until I spoke with Dr. Shelby Harris, a clinical psychologist and sleep specialist in Westchester, NY, and author of The Women's Guide to Overcoming Insomnia.
"If your alarm clock makes you wake up startled, it is likely going to set the tone for a more stressed and rushed day," she explained.

Makes sense - so, I did some digging through my Spotify playlist and figured Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" was calming enough to ease me awake like the angelic morning person I always wished I could be.

Surprisingly, the opposite happened.
It wasn't until 8:30 a.m. the next day that I realized how dramatic the tune actually was - especially the heavy drum beat.

Learning this was all a part of the process, D…