Quick: Guess what those 7 habits are before you read any further. Did you name exercise and total calorie-counting? Exercise was one of the least effective habits of thin people and calorie-counting isn’t even on the list.

In a study published in Obesity journal (4.9.09), habits associated with obesity were researched. Please remember that correlation does not mean causation.

1) Sleep: People who sleep at least 7 hours per night weighed 13-24 lbs less than people who sleep fewer than 6 hours per night.

2) Calcium: People who consume 1000mg of calcium-rich foods daily weighed 15-22 lbs less than those consuming less than 600mg.

3) Control of Emotional Triggers: People who avoid overeating in response to thoughts or emotions weighed 14-22 lbs less than those who tend to overeat in those situations.

4) Low intent to control food intake: People who had low intent to control food intake weighed 10-15 lbs less than those with a high intent to control food intake.

5) Exercise: People who exercise at high-intensity for 30 minutes daily weighed 8-15
lbs less than those who did not.

6) Avoiding High Fat Diet: People who had less than 30% of their calories from fat weighed
9-12 lbs less than those who had greater than 40% of their calories from fat.

7) Vitamins: People who take vitamins weighed 4-12 lbs less than those who did not.