The Four Most Fattening Foods

March 17, 2019
Many of the fattening food items that we consider healthy may, in fact, impair our efforts to lose weight. Knowing which ones they are is essential in order to be able to remove them from your diet.

How healthy is your diet? How much is it helping you achieve your goal of losing weight? Today, we’ll talk about four types of fattening foods that you would’ve never guessed.

You probably consume at least a couple of the following items daily without realizing that they’re getting in the way of losing weight. That’s why you must be aware of these fattening foods.

Contrary to what most people believe, it’s not only the quantity, but the quality. Discover the four most fattening foods that you should avoid if you’re trying to lose weight in this article.

1. Fruit Juice in Large Amounts

Do you often drink fruit juice instead of soda because you think it’s healthier?

Unfortunately, even freshly squeezed juice contributes to weight gain. It’s true that fresh fruits are healthy, but the amounts required to fill a glass are large and contain more than the daily intake of sugar recommended by nutritionists.

Furthermore, consuming processed, packaged juice is barely different than drinking a soda. (Most of them only contain fruit on the pretty pictures put on their packages.)

A study in 49,106 post-menopausal women showed that regular consumption of 100% natural juice increased weight gain. To carry out the study, data related to body mass index, age, lifestyle and changes in diet were taken into account. The reason for this weight gain is due to the fact that juice provides a lot more sugars than fiber, especially since most people skip the pulp.

To reverse this, reduce the amount of natural juice you consume. In addition, chew the pulp when you do. However, for the most part, if you want fruit, consume it whole (yes, the seeds and the peel too if possible).

If you want a sweet drink, add 100% natural fruit juice to regular water (or plain carbonated water if you want bubbles). Add no more than 1/3 of juice per every 2/3 of water. Then, skip any extra sweeteners.

This way, you’ll be able to reduce the amount of sugar from fruit.

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2. Red Meats and Sausages

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Red meats and sausages are fattening foods. While it’s true that they’re rich sources of iron and protein, they also provide saturated fats. These fats can generate several problems when consumed in large amounts.

For the most part, saturated fats increase bad cholesterol levels and thus promote the onset of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, these fats accumulate quickly in certain areas of the body, such as the belly and legs.

If you can’t live without them, then at least avoid eating them fried: opt for roast or grill them instead. Whatever your cooking method, just don’t add more fat to them.

3. Processed Cereals

Processed cereals are also fattening food. Television ads have trained us to consume them every morning and tell us they’re very healthy. However, in reality, they’re an obstacle to our well-being. especially if we’re trying to lose weight.

Processed cereals contain large amounts of refined sugar or toxic artificial sweeteners, and fats. We won’t even get into the rest of the ingredients they contain.

If you like cereal, it’s best to opt for natural ones such as oats, quinoa, and wheat bran. You can add fresh fruit, nuts, and 100% honey. However, regardless of how healthy your ingredients may be, always be attentive to the amount you consume. Moderation is key, as even an excess of water could kill you!

By the way, buckwheat is an excellent source of fiber for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

4. Light Diet Products

Ironically, and quite contrary to what you might think, light diet products are among the most fattening food out there. It’s common to find all kinds of cool looking brands offering their regular and light versions.

In general, we opt for the latter because…well, they’re light, right? It says so in the can! However, most “light” products are usually loaded with sodium, fat, and other toxic, artificial sweeteners in order to compensate for the loss of flavor of the one ingredient they decreased.

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Ideally, you should consume whole, unpackaged food in the right amounts. If you have any doubts, consult a nutritionist to help you determine which types of food you should eat more of and in which amounts. Another perk to skipping “light” products is you’ll save money, because these tend to be more expensive due to their more sophisticated processing.

Limit Your Consumption of Fattening Foods

Now that you know which food is fattening, limit its consumption. As you can see, there are some alternatives that will allow you to avoid it. Do it for your health.

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