The number of overweight people in the world is about 2 billion. The latest figures are shocking with more than 60% of Americans older than 20 being overweight. Moreover, about 34% of American adults are obese. In fact, obesity is now categorized as a disease by the American Medical Association. In most cases, the diet of the person contributes to weight gain causing excess weight. In this article, we will be taking a look at the top unhealthy foods that make you fatter.
1. Foods Rich in White Sugar
White sugar is the enemy when it comes to weight loss* because it is full of calories but doesn’t contain any vitamins or minerals. The problem is that sugar is addictive since a high blood sugar level makes us feel better and a low blood sugar level makes us feel tired and causes cravings for sweets.
2. Artificial Sweeteners
Sugar-free food items have less calories and sugar but this does not make it healthy. Studies have shown that people who consumed two or more servings of artificial sweeteners a day were fatter compared to those who didn’t consume artificial sweeteners. Start by eliminating that diet soda from your diet even if it is sugar free and contains no calories. One popular artificial sweetener was found to cause the same insulin spike as white carbohydrates due to sweetness detectors in the small intestine.
Alcohol consumption promotes* the release of the hormone cortisol which is known to break down muscle and block the body from burning fat. The muscle loss causes a slower metabolism making it easier to gain weight. In men, alcohol also decreases* testosterone which is important in fat burning and muscle building/retention. A study indicated that there is as much as 73% decrease* in fat metabolism only after two servings of vodka with lemonade. Alcohol consumption also makes you crave for salty foods that are high in calories.
4. Processed Foods
These foods are generally very high in calories and contain very little nutrients. Also, a study conducted by researchers in London University College indicated that diets high in processed food can increase* the risk of depression. Processed foods are high in preservatives like sodium which can have negative effects on your health.
5. Fast Food
Most fast food items are high in calories, saturated fat and preservatives like sodium. The prevalence of fast food in the United States is known as the reason it is one of the fattest countries in the world.
6. Wheat Bread or Multi-Grain Bread
A lot of people think they just have to switch from white bread to wheat or multi-grain bread and they will become thinner. A study found that most mass brands being sold in the supermarket use refined grains so it is just like plain white bread. Also, most of these are high in sugar to make them tasty and palatable. If you want to make sure that the wheat bread or multi-grain bread is really healthy, check the list of ingredients carefully.
7. Gluten-free Food
Most gluten-free foods are not really healthier unlike most people think. It is just made without gluten but may contain a lot of calories and sugar. There are many gluten-free foods that contain a high amount of saturated fat. Additionally, eggs and canola oil is the common alternative for gluten in binding loaves of bread. This means there is a lot more calories and fat in each slice. Of course, there are exceptions so you really need to check the label of the food before purchasing.
Juicing has become very popular today not just for weight loss* but also for cleansing the colon. However, drinking green mixtures of juice may not be as healthy as most people think. Many juices being sold on the market are not completely fresh with artificial juices used as additives. Just think about it, you need several pounds of produce to fill a 10 ounce container. Some companies even add white sugar to make it taste better. It would be advisable to make your own juice and skin the ready-to-drink variety.
9. Flavored Yogurt
Yogurt is generally healthy as it contains a good amount of protein and has digestive health friendly benefits. However, flavoured yogurts have become very popular because of the much better taste. The reason for this is the added sugar and other flavouring which can be high in calories.
10. Fancy Coffee Beverages
Coffee is generally harmless and actually low in calories but adding extras like in the case of a Frappuccino can increase* the calorie count to several hundreds. A large-sized Frappuccino contains about 700 calories and the same amount of sugar in two sodas.