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You can gain weight due to an underactive thyroid, stress, tiredness, fluid retention and a variety of other reasons. Many people progressively gain weight as they age or make changes to their lifestyle.
Out of these many reasons, the most common reason for weight gain is your eating habits - eating too many calories to be exact . While gaining weight can be healthy, excessive, and constant consumption of foods that have a high-calorie content can lead to unhealthy weight gain.
The number of fattening foods that make you gain weight is endless; we encounter (or eat) these foods on most days even. Here is a list of foods that are extremely fattening.
1. Ice Cream
While there are low-fat and vegan ice cream options, regular or commercially made ice creams are packed with sugar and have a high-fat content . One of the most popular desserts, ice creams are extremely fattening - so it is best enjoyed as an occasional treat and not as a regular in your meals .
No, we are not talking about home-made pizza that you can make with healthy alternatives - but the store-bought/takeaway pizza which have been given the title of ‘most popular junk food.' The pizzas you order in are high in fat, refined carbs, and calories. In addition to that, depending on the type of pizza you order, it can also include large amounts of cheese and processed meat . Studies link consumption of these food items to obesity and an increased risk of adverse health conditions like heart diseases .
It goes without saying that doughnuts are fattening. Doughnuts contain high amounts of sugar, refined flour, and added fats . Extremely high in calories, doughnuts contain a large amount of trans-fat, which is an unhealthy fat.
4. French Fries
Not just fries, but your favourite potato chips are also included in the list of highly fattening foods . These popular snacks are commonly eaten with high-sugar sauces like ketchup, inviting double the trouble. Several studies have linked french fries and potato chips directly to weight gain .
5. Milk Chocolate
Unlike its cousin dark chocolate, white chocolate does not promote weight loss but in turn, can lead to weight gain. Milk chocolates are commonly high in sugar and fat; and are somewhat addictive, causing you to eat 2-3 bars in a sitting .
6. Peanut Butter
While controlled consumption of home-made peanut butter is healthy, commercially prepared peanut butter that contains added sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oils, and a lot of salt can make you gain weight . Peanut butter also has a high-calorie count, yet another reason making it one of the most common foods that cause excessive weight gain (if consumed in large quantities).
7. Soda (Sugar-Sweetened Beverages)
Nutritionists say that flavoured, sugary sodas can be considered as the most fattening food item . Not only sodas, sweet tea, flavoured juice drinks, coffee drinks and sports drinks are high in sugar and highest sources of calories among junk foods . Drinking soda may not only increase your risk of obesity but also type 2 diabetes and heart disease .
While cookies are fun to be munching while working or Netflixing, they can be extremely high in calories . You can bake some cookies home or go for a small, single-serving (1-2 cookies).
9. Fruit Juice
Yes, they are healthy; but they can cause unhealthy weight gain when consumed in excess . Store-bought fruits juices have high added-sugar content and lack fibre and other nutrients found in whole fruits.
10. Processed Meats
On some days frying a sausage can help save you time, but in the long run, these cause several health problems, with excessive weight gain being the primary one.
Some of the other foods that can make you gain unhealthy fat are as follows:
- White bread
- Low-calorie cereals
- Vegetable oil
On A Final Note…
Of course, excessive consumption of no food is ever good. Weight watchers should be careful as to what to eat because foods like these will add to the pounds, which will be difficult to get rid of later. Control or reduce your consumption of these foods to avoid a sudden, unhealthy weight gain.