10 Foods Guaranteed To Make You Fat
Nearly 2 billion people on the planet are overweight.
Eric Schlosser, in his book “Fast Food Nation,” says that the annual health care costs in the United States from obesity is close to $240 billion.
We can’t afford to be overweight and obese. Help put a stop to this epidemic by learning first and foremost how to assess the nutritional benefits of what’s going into your mouth. The following are 10 foods to avoid at all costs:
10 Foods Guaranteed to Make You Fat
Diet soda does have less calories and less sugar than regular soda, but this doesn’t mean it’s healthy. A study found that people who drank two or more diet sodas a day had six times the waistline compared to those who skip the diet cola altogether.
Research has also shown that NutraSweet, one of the most popular artificial sweeteners, leads to the same surge of insulin as white carbs (see number 7 below) — because of sweetness detectors in the small intestine.
White sugar is full of calories that sabotage healthy eating and prime your palate to crave sweets.
The world is filled with sugar addicts. When our blood sugar is high, our brains also experience a high. When our blood sugar is low, we feel totally run down and exhausted and want more sugar. Sugar has no vitamins or minerals, just lots of fat-building calories. Watch out for hidden sugars!
Cheese contains a large amount of fat and is hard to digest.
Poor digestion can cause weight gain. Fat has nine calories per gram while protein and carbohydrates have only four.
The most fattening food in the world is considered to be cheese fries.
4. Gluten rich foods
There’s no doubt that bread and pasta are fattening, but so are most common gluten free packaged products.
Read the labels—they’re full of starch and sugar.
In this study, potato chips and potato products were found to be the top food making us fat.
The study found all forms of potato to be fattening. Every serving of fries eaten in a day was linked to weight gain of more than three pounds, while eating an extra serving of potato chips led to a gain of 1.69 pounds.
Alcohol blocks the body from burning fat by increasing the release of the hormone cortisol that breaks down muscle and retains fat. The loss of muscle can slow down metabolism, making it easier to gain weight. Also, alcohol causes a drop in testosterone in men, a hormone which helps burn fat.
7. White Carbs
We all know white rice, pasta, white bread and starches are fattening because they are high glycemic index foods.
A study suggests that such carbs are a problem for people wanting to lose body fat.
8. Fats and Oils
Fat and oil are fattening, especially when they come as deep fried foods and baked goods.
Fats and oils also contain 120 calories per tablespoon, but healthy fats and oils like ghee and avocado are great for health in moderation.
Processed foods are loaded with calories and almost no nutrients to boot.
Diet microwave meals and frozen meals are high in sodium and calorie-rich fat to preserve flavor. Eating them causes you to retain water in your arms and legs, leaving you puffy.
Studies even suggest that a diet high in processed food increases your risk of depression.
10. Processed meats
Lunch meats, bacon, sausage and hot dogs are high in calories, fat and sodium.
Sixty eight percent of bacon’s calories come from fat—almost half is saturated fat and each ounce has 30 milligrams of cholesterol.
Too much salt in your body leads to water retention and bloating. NO amount of processed meat is considered safe to eat, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
We are the result of what we eat.
Let’s not short change our body with foods high in fat, sugar, and chemicals. If you are still eating many of the foods listed above, simply start decreasing the quantity until you are in control. (Every bit helps!)
How do you decrease the “bad” foods. It’s simple. Increase the GOOD ones!
Everyone already know the good foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and quality proteins. If you needed to choose the best food group, it would be vegetables.