By Katie Rosenbrock
TheActiveTimes.com

Sometimes we skip out on the gym, accept extra treats at work, or just downright indulge in high-calories foods despite knowing their lack of nutritional value. It’s OK to do these things every now and then, but most of us know that if they become a part of our regular routine (aka, a habit) we'll eventually start to gain weight.

So, if we avoid these behaviors that most obviously contribute to weight gain, then maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight should be easier than wasting an entire hour on Buzzfeed quizzes, right? If only it were that simple.

You know that your weight relies heavily on exercising and eating right, and for the most part you make both a part of your regular routine, yet maybe you're still struggling to achieve your weight loss goal. While habitually incorporating both is pivotal for success, it could be that your progress is being hindered by typical tendencies that aren't as obvious. After all, according to Dictionary.com a habit is an acquired behavior that’s followed regularly until it becomes almost involuntary.

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Whether you're aiming to maintain an already healthy weight or your goal is to shed a bit of extra body fat, your success not only relies on creating and maintaining good habits, but recognizing and breaking the bad ones, too.

We talked to five experts including personal trainers, dieticians, and lifestyle coaches, to find out about the most common behaviors that cause weight gain; things you might do, probably without even realizing, that cause your body to store extra fat despite the fact that you’re trying to get rid of it.

Of course, we all know that old habits die hard, which is why we also asked how to break them. Keep your progress on track and focus on what you’re doing right by avoiding these 12 habits that you might not realize are causing you to gain weight:

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As a dietitian, I'm always asked how much protein I recommend.

It's somewhat of a loaded question as it's not so cut and dry. The recommended daily amount (RDA) of protein is low -- 56 grams (g) -- for a 150 pound guy, but recent research has shown that doubling -- or even tripling -- your protein intake might be more beneficial for fat loss and muscle preservation for guys. So the question shouldn't be just how much protein a person should eat, but exactly how you can up your daily amount in accessible ways.

Most people I meet eat a protein-heavy dinner and a relatively low-protein breakfast. (I'm talking about that morning coffee and a scone.) We need to balance this intake more at all three meals, before and after workouts, and, yes, even as you snack. (Before you chow down, read up on The Truth about Protein.)

Add these items to your fridge at home or desk at work to pick up the pace when it comes to fueling yourself with protein.

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Al Capone once had front-row seats. Ronald Reagan dropped in by surprise while president. And Ferris Bueller made an encore appearance, so to speak, many years after catching a foul ball.

Wrigley Field is celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, with April 23 being the official day. It was named Weeghman Park when it opened in 1914. The Cubs re-named it Wrigley Field, in honor of team owner William Wrigley, the chewing gum czar, in 1927 when naming rights were a concept as foreign as lights at this ballpark.

Undoubtedly there will be plenty of discussion during the centennial festivities about some of baseball's best known moments, which happened to occur at the Friendly Confines:

The legend of Babe Ruth's called shot. The first night game in 1988 being rained out after 3 1/2 innings. Sammy Sosa's home runs ... and corked bat. Kerry Wood's strikeout record. Steve Bartman.

But part of Wrigley Field's unique charm is that it has compelling stories beyond baseball. A new book, Wrigley Field Year by Year: A Century at the Friendly Confines, written by Sam Pathy, provides a comprehensive chronicle of the wild and wacky in addition to the hardcore hardball history. Pathy, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, provides great details such as the team's decision in 1931 to have concession vendors dress in different color caps (peanut vendors in tan, ice cream men in white, cigar/cigarette sellers in black, etc.)

Here are some of the more notable nuggets, including a reason why the Curse of the Billy Goat, which supposedly hexed the Cubs from winning the World Series, might be bogus:

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By Amanda Brooks
TheActiveTimes.com

Wheeze, sniff, atichoo ... snot rocket. Just when the joy of putting winter behind you arrives, so does the dreaded allergy season that can irritate even the happiest spring runner.

A running nose, watery eyes and itchy skin can make for a terrible run any time of the year, but during allergy season we often have all three at once combined with difficulty breathing. Turns out the harsh winter, will make levels of pollen and ragweed even higher this year.

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your training with less suffering:

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Even with their respective payrolls exceeding $200 million, neither the New York Yankees nor the Los Angeles Dodgers top this year's list of the best-paying franchises in the world.

Rather, that honor goes to Manchester City of the Premier League, which pays its players an average of $8.1 million per year.

According to new research from ESPN The Magazine and SportingIntelligence.com, North American teams make up four of the top 10 highest-paying franchises. The rest are European soccer clubs. The survey included 294 teams in 15 leagues across the world.

Below is a list of the top 10 squads. To read more or check out a a longer list, see here.

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Losing weight is tricky enough without having to figure out which pointers are the real deal and which are full of hot air. Wondering what's what? We've got your back ...

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