Feel like you’re eating all the right foods and still gaining weight? Well, the truth is many of the so-called “diet foods” can actually make you fat. To help you gain weight-loss traction once and for all, here are 11 diet foods that actually help pack on the pounds, rather than take them off.
While plain yogurt typically contains around 15 grams of sugar per serving, according to dietician Anglaee Jacob in an article for the San Francisco Gate, flavored yogurt easily has double the amount of sugar. All that sugar may make flavored yogurt taste better, but 12 extra teaspoons of sugar tends to do that. • End Result – Low-fat yogurt may lack fat, but it certainly contains plenty of sugar, which can be just as bad.
Sugar-Free Sweets and Biscuits
Manufacturers nearly always add fat when they remove sugar from their sweet treats. Even if you do save a few calories by snacking on sugar-free sweets and cookies, many of these contain sorbitol, which has been known to cause diarrhea and bloating. • End Result – Sugar-free candy, cookies, and other sweets may be tempting, but they typically contain added fat to compensate for a lack of sugar.
Trail mix may be a classic healthy eating staple, but it contains more fat than many other diet snacks. In fact, according to Self.com, trail mix can contain up to 47 grams of fat per serving. • End Result – Trail mix is an excellent high-energy snack for those in need of an energy boost, but it’s also high in fat and carbs as well, which isn’t a good combination if losing weight is your goal.
Believe it or not, veggie crisps are no better for a person than potato crisps. Most of these popular salty snacks contain 10 grams of fat and 150 calories per fistful. • End Result – If more people knew the nutritional stats behind these rainbow-colored snacks, they may think twice about adding them to their trolley.
To many, granola seems like a healthy and harmless breakfast option. However, this supposed diet food is no breakfast of champions. In fact, one single serving can contain 28 grams of fat and 550 calories. • End Result – Granola is usually highly processed and has a lot of additional oil and sugar. This makes it dense in energy and quite easy to over-consume.
Whole Wheat Bread
Whole wheat may not be as bad for you as refined wheat, but the wheat itself is not actually whole. By the time it reaches you, it has been pulverised to make it easily digestible, giving you the same blood sugar spikes as refined grains, says Forbes.com. • End Result – While it may provide a few more nutrients and a little extra fiber, whole wheat bread still contains a tonne of sugar that can help pack on the pounds and lead to energy crashes.
With smoothies, you may receive your daily servings of fruit, but you’ll also receive plenty of calories and fat as well. In fact, one popular smoothie chain offers a smoothie with 17 grams of fat and nearly 500 calories. • End Result – Smoothies are often high in sugar, calories, and fat, all of which can cause you to pack on the pounds in no time at all.
According to research performed by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, people who drink
artificially sweetened beverages actually gain more weight than individuals who don’t. • End Result – Beverages flavored by artificial sweeteners may not contain sugar or calories, but they stimulate the appetite and cause weight gain.
Fat-Free Salad Dressing
In a study administered by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who regularly chose fat-free salad dressings failed to absorb any beta-carotene and lycopene, two essential antioxidants. • End Result – The majority of commercial salad-dressings contain soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup, and other unhealthy ingredients. In the end, making your own is a much healthier option.
Unbeknownst to many, ground turkey typically includes skin and fat. In fact, a small serving may contain up to 13 grams of fat, which is nearly triple the fat content of ground beef. • End Result – Overall, red meat may not be beneficial to your health, but ground beef is much better for you than ground turkey.
Starting off your day by eating sugar and carb-loaded cereal will only spike your insulin and blood sugar levels. If you must eat cereal in the morning, choose one without sugar or refined grains. • End Result – Most commercial cereal are loaded with sugar and refined carbs, both of which are not only unhealthy, but highly fattening as well.