Surprising Foods That Can Cause You To Gain Weight

by CB Blog Team on September 26, 2012

We all know that eating foods high in fat and sugar can cause weight gain, especially when combined with little to no physical activity, but are there specific foods out there that can cause you to gain weight? The answer is yes – there are a lot of foods out there that you may be eating because it is masquerading as a healthy item, when in reality it could be adding inches to your waist.

Some of the foods in the list below will seem like no brainers, but maybe for different reasons than what you think. The most important rule when eating is moderation. Just because something says it is fat-free or low calorie, does not mean you should over indulge. Browse the list below and see if there are some items that you regularly consume that could be sabotaging your weight loss goals.

Diet Microwave Meals – When I saw this, I almost wanted to cry. Lean Cuisines are what got me through one of my first jobs in the advertising industry. They were easy to warm-up and were compact so that I could take them into meetings discreetly. Since they are diet focused – manufacturers could not rely on calorie-rich food to make them taste good, so they pack on the salt. Next time you reach for one of these items, check the sodium content on the back. It is usual outrageously high. Large amounts of sodium will cause your body to retain large amounts of water, especially in your arms and legs, making you feel and look bloated. Look for meals that have at least 3 grams of fiber no more than 600 mg of sodium.

Juice – Yes, it does come from fruit, but more often than not it has additional sugars added into it, so don’t count on reaching your 5 servings of fruit by drinking them. A 16 ounce bottle of orange juice or apple juice has 55 grams of carbohydrates which is equivalent to eating five slices of bread! Spruce up your water by adding lemon, lime and orange slices in a pitcher and let it sit overnight. You will have flavored water without all of the calories.

Sushi – Another one of my favorite foods. How can a small roll of veggies, fish and rice add to your waistline? Well the veggies and seaweed wraps are low-cal, but a lot of the popular sushi rolls are drenched in sauces that are made from mayonnaise and cream cheese, or fried in tempura batter. The sauces and tempura factors can cause some rolls to easily have up to 500 calories. Choose rolls that have little or no sauce and that are not tempura fried and your waistline will thank you.  Soy Sauce is very high in sodium, so to avoid retaining water, choose the lite version.

Sweetened Beverages –  We are currently drinking more calories now than any other time in history. This includes soda, lemonades, sports drinks, juice, energy drinks and teas. The average soda contains 50-60 grams of sugar which is equal to two normal-sized candy bars. One 20 0z. soda usually carries with it at least 250 calories. Drink one every day for a year? You are adding an extra 25 pounds to your body. The high amounts of sugar can also lead to behavioral problems such as hyperactivity, difficulty focusing and sleeplessness. Moral of the story here? Trade in your big gulp for a bottle of water.

Salads – I made this discovery last year when we were eating at a popular pizza chain restaurant. I wanted to be healthy so decided to go with a salad rather than a pizza, only to find out that the salad I selected had more calories than one whole pizza. Veggies are one of the best foods to eat when trying to lose weight, but add in cheese, candied nuts, croutons and creamy dressings and all the benefits go down the drain. Choose salads that are full of greens, and void of all the other toppings. Ordering your dressing on the side will also help you control the amount of dressing you eat.

Just by making small changes in your current diet and changing the way you eat or eliminate the foods that make you gain weight, you will quickly see a huge difference in your weight. It is important to eat balanced meals, and at times add in additional supplements through a multi-vitamin when needed.  It is important to not rely on multi-vitamins alone. Do vitamins make you gain weight? No, but they cannot provide all the nutrients your body needs alone.

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