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The Top Five Worst Weight Loss Offenders

There are many things to consider when you start to notice the scale creeping up.

Aging, lack of sleep, and a lack of exercise are all areas that have been shown to contribute to weight gain.

However, the foods that you eat could account for a much larger portion of extra calories, fat, and sugar, which could lead to increased girth around your midsection.

The worst part – you may not even know that the foods you are eating are actually contributing to your ever expanding waistline.

Let me explain…

Foods that Cause Weight Gain

SPOILER ALERT: The food you are eating – right now even – could be leading to weight gain.

No matter how you slice it, the foods that you eat may provide your body with essential nutrients that your body needs to function on a daily basis.

However, some of the more common foods that you may eat for lunch, dinner, or even for your snacks, could be loaded with sodium, starchy carbohydrates, fats, and even harmful chemicals that contribute to weight gain.

Here is a list of the top five weight loss offenders:

1. Potatoes

Everyone these days avoids eating potatoes, which could be for good reason.

Potatoes are filled with starchy carbohydrates and are very low in protein.

However, on the positive side, they are full of fibers, potassium, and vitamins C, which are essential nutrients your body needs for proper functioning.

Although they are a nutritious item, they have been shown in research to contribute to weight gain, regardless of how you have them (broiled, steamed, mashed, etc.).

2. Processed Meats

If you are a fan of deli meats, hot dogs, or any type of processed meat, then you may be contributing to your own weight gain.

Not only are processed meats full of sodium, but there could also be a whopping amount of fat and calories in your favorite processed meat varieties.

This could spell bad news for your waist, hips, and thighs.

3. Fruit Juice

If you have young kids at home, then you may find that you have a wide selection of 100% fruit juices in your refrigerator.

Although the fruit juice sounds like a better option than soda (it is fruit juice after all), you may be surprised to find out that one glass of fruit juice could have the same amount of sugar as a regular soda.

However, if you switch your consumption of fruit juice/soda to water, then you will find that you will shed weight faster, and may even feel fuller throughout the day.

4. Refined Grains

The term refined (when speaking of food) usually means it is stripped of its natural nutrients through a chemical process.

This means that the healthy whole grains, fiber, barley, and germ are taken away from the grains, leaving it lacking nutrients that could contribute to better health.

Instead, refined grains have been linked to many different chronic disease including diabetes, some cancers, and heart disease.

Plus, refined grains have also been linked to increasing your waistline, instead of shrinking it.

Not good news if you are looking to fit into your skinny jeans!

5. Soft Drink Beverages

Move over fruit juice, there is a new villain in town.

If you haven’t heard yet, New York recently enacted a law banning extra-large soda from being sold in the state, in order to curb the rise in obesity levels.

Soda, which typically is sweetened by sugar, or high fructose corn syrup, is loaded with calories, therefore leading to increased weight gain.

Also, soda contains a boat load of sugar, which has been linked to obesity, as well as diabetes, insulin resistance, and other chronic diseases.

The Worst Food Offenders

In order to lose weight, you need a sound nutrition plan, a stress-free (or close to it) lifestyle, a good exercise plan, and the support of others.

However, avoiding the foods on this list, could limit extra calories, extra sugar, and could boost your metabolism, which could lead to extra weight loss and a trim, sexier you for many years to come.

Have a “FIT” day,

Russ

Author: Russ Logisse

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