December 14, 2018

Diet Foods That Cause Weight Gain

these diet foods may actually lead to weight gain

Considering that an estimated 40% of Americans can be deemed as “overweight”, there is no surprise that the diet industry is big business these days. However, despite all of the inundation we get from all different kinds of diets that are marketed to make you lose weight, how much of it is true and how much of it is B.S.?

Often times we don’t examine our food closely enough and just fall into a trap with all the marketing we see. As a matter of fact, a good number of foods that are marketed as low-fat, fat-free, or calorie-free are anything but.

So which foods that you commonly find in diets these days are actually causing you to gain weight instead of doing their intended purpose? Continue reading as I’ll get into that below so you know what to stay away from.

Stay Away From These “Diet” Foods

Protein Shakes and Smoothies

These have become ubiquitous and so convenient these days. You see so many Smoothie King or Jamba Juice stores and figure “hey, it’s just fruit blended together, it must be healthy!”, but it is anything but. While smoothies and protein shakes are hawked in the wellness community, they are loaded with calories and sugar.

diet foods that cause weight gain

The sugar part is particularly true for smoothies, with over 50 grams of sugar on average, while protein shakes can contain over 400 calories.

This isn’t to say all drinks in this category are bad for you. You just need to be knowledgeable of the ingredients and the source so you know what you’re drinking isn’t loaded with sugar or over the top with calories.

Dried Fruit

I’m as guilty as anyone in snacking on dried fruits. Those little plastic containers you find near the bakery section in my grocery store just pull me in. I love the dried mangoes, in particular. However, just because they are fruit, that doesn’t mean that they are necessarily healthy for you. For one, because they are smaller due to being dried, and come in bite-sized bits, it makes it very easy to overeat these. On top of that, they are loaded with sugar and surprisingly high in calories. If you want fruit, stick with fresh fruit instead.

Diet Sodas

While it may say 0 calories on the side of the package, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good for you. One study actually showed that individuals who drink a lot of diet soda had a bigger waistline than those who don’t. It’s causing weight gain, not weight loss! It also can contribute to higher blood pressure, as well as increase the risk of metabolic diseases and diabetes (as indicated in this study).

Low-Fat Yogurt

While you are drawn in by the label saying it is low in fat, you are making up for it (in an unhealthy way) with the inclusion of so much sugar to make it taste so good. There are nearly 30 grams in your typical serving of low-fat flavored yogurt. Surprisingly, it may be even better for you to go with a full-dairy yogurt option, as this study found evidence that women who eat full-dairy options gained less weight than those who ate “low-fat.”

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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