Diet Foods That Will Make You Gain Weight

What are the most unhealthy diet foods, the ones that you think are helping you meet your weight loss and nutrition goals, but may actually be doing the opposite?

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Flavored Yogurt

Plain yogurt contains about 16 grams of sugar per cup. But if you eat flavored yogurt, you could be consuming 15 or more additional grams.

Instead: Choose plain yogurt and stir in a teaspoon of honey, maple syrup, or all-fruit spread for a little sweetness. Or, try fat-free Greek yogurt, which is lower in sugar than plain yogurt and has extra protein, which can help keep you feeling satisfied for longer.

Granola

Granola and fruit and the brunch menu looks like one of the healthiest options, right? Actually, one little cup can contain up to 500 calories and over 20 grams of fat…and that’s before you add toppings.


Instead: If you must have granola, sprinkle a tablespoon on oatmeal or plain yogurt with honey.

Diet Drinks

Diet soda might just be your scale’s worst enemy. Research continues to show that people who drink artificially sweetened beverages gain more weight than those who don’t, possibly because the sweet flavor just makes you want the real thing. Additionally, people who drink soda, diet or regular, are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, which is a series of conditions ranging from high blood pressure to abdominal fat.

Instead: Only drink diet soda occasionally, and get your regularly sparkling drink fix from seltzer or sparkling mineral water.

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