Let’s look at the real risks behind 3 normal, everyday activities: 

  • #1: Adding extras to your coffee – like sugar, cream, and flavored syrups. Registered dietician Kelly Morrow says that regular extras can add enough calories to pack on 5 pounds a year. In fact, if your daily caffeine fix is a tall latte with a shot of syrup, you’ll have to spend more than 3 hours a week on the Stairmaster to keep your waist from expanding. 

  • Another habit that can pack on the pounds: Eating lunch at your desk. According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who eat at their desks eat about 20-percent more than those who don’t. Because it’s easy to overeat when you’re distracted by work and email. If you can’t get away for lunch, try swiveling your chair so you’re not facing your computer. 

  • The final habit is very common - and extremely dangerous: Texting and walking. Texting pedestrians take an average of 2 seconds longer to cross a street than regular pedestrians. They’re also 4 times less likely to look both ways before stepping off the curb. Plus, they’re more likely to ignore crosswalk signals and wander into moving traffic. 

In other words, the typical texter could learn a lot about crossing the street from the average kindergartener.