10 Healthy foods that will make you gain weight
You might have assumed that cutting the junk from your diet is pretty much all you needed to do to lose weight. The problem is, though, that you may well have swapped junk for healthy foods that are high in fat and high in calories. Oh no!
This is literally the worst thing that could happen to anyone who is trying to lose weight. Rather than losing anything, you could find that you’re actually gaining even more. Despite, you know, eating healthier! What is going on?!
Well, a lot of the time serving size is crucial. But as well as this, let’s take a look at 10 healthy foods that can make you gain weight.
Avocado is known as one of the super foods, and it really is. It’s rich in nutrients, antioxidants and fibre, as well as non-saturated fats. The bad news is that it’s also high in fat and calories. Uh-oh.
A single serving of avocado is usually 1/5th of the fruit, which is essentially 50 calories. If you decide to eat the whole avocado in one go, you’ll be consuming a whopping 350 calories. Basically, rather than “snacking” on an avocado before your main meal, you’ll actually be eating a main meal. Oh dear.
Nuts are great, and we here at beauty and tips are often promoting them for their health benefits. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, fibre and protein, they’re the perfect replacement for unhealthy snacks, such as chips and dip, and candy bars.
The trouble is that a quarter cup of almonds contains 132 calories. So whilst we do recommend them as a healthy snack, we do advise that you eat them in moderation. If you munch on them throughout a film like you would popcorn, you might end up with a bigger belly by the final credits.
Dried fruit is actually pretty darn popular, and is quite tasty too. They’re dry because they’ve had the water removed from them. But what’s so bad about that? They’re still fruit, right?
Well, yeah. But because they’ve had the water drained from them, dried fruits are also much unhealthier, and contain up to eight times more sugar and calories than fresh fruit. To put that into perspective, a cup of dried raisins contains around 460 calories, whilst a cup of grapes contains just 60.
Sushi is essentially vegetables, fish and seaweed in a wrap. What’s so fattening about that?
The problem is that a lot of the popular rolls also come coated in fatteners, such as cream cheese and mayo. Moreover, there are also options such as tempura, which is battered vegetables. Think of all that butter! Because of these additional ingredients and embellishments, a sushi roll can contain up to a whopping 600 calories. They might look healthy, but like anything tastes so delicious, they can pretty fattening.
Because these muffins have “bran” as their prefix, we easily assume that they’re healthy. And, of course, there are also the apples and banana options. Rich in fibre, they fill us up and keep the weight off, right?
Not quite. See, these are still muffins, and like all good muffins they come rich in sugar and butter. It is these two key ingredients that ensures that these bran muffins are actually just cakes. Just a single bran muffin can contain 20g of fat, 420 calories and 34g of sugar.
Ready-made salads are super convenient. Rather than spend time in the kitchen putting the salad together yourself, you simply have to tip it into a bowl. Awesome!
The problem is that you are not in control of the calorie count, and ready-made salads are actually serial offenders when it comes to fattening you up. Sure, they’re salads; but they’re salads that are often combined with cheeses, meats, croutons, and unhealthy dressing. So whilst salads are convenient, we recommend that you avoid them if you’re looking to lose weight. If you don’t, you could end up consuming more calories than a Big Mac without even realising it.
“I’ve been drinking cranberry juice for six months now, whilst you’re still fixated on your sodas and beer. I’m so much healthier than you are.”
“Um. You’re actually looking kinda fatter.”
Cranberry juice, when produced yourself, can be really healthy. But pure cranberry juice is a really acquired taste and is too tarty for most people. For this reason, supermarkets pack it with sugars and sweeteners, which essentially make it more fattening than soda.
Yogurt can be a great snack for if we’re on the go and need to get some energy really quickly. Moreover, it’s also really versatile and Greek yogurt in particular is finding its way into a whole wealth of meals and wraps around the world.
But yogurt, despite its high protein content, is also pretty fattening if you eat too much of it. It’s often full of sugar that can lead to a carb content of 20g per serving. This is not exactly ideal if you’re looking to lose weight. Not all yogurts have such high sugar contents, though, so it’s well worth checking out the ingredients on the tubs before you buy.
Rice is used by many of us in our dishes because it’s really convenient, and really inexpensive. We’re also told to swap white rice for brown rice because it’s “healthier.” But brown rice is still fattening, and has around 35g per serving. Hmm!
One of the problems is that when we dish out rice, we tend to dish out a lot of it. Restaurants and takeaways are the same. We advise that you don’t feel pressured into consuming all the rice on your plate, or that you swap it for something healthier, such as bok choy.
Although it isn’t the diet drink itself that causes you to put on the poundage, its sweet taste can cause you to pine for the real deal. So whilst you might not instantly head into the nearest store for a sugary drink, you might find yourself pigging out on a candy bar at some point later in the day.
Moreover, diet drinks are still soda drinks, and soda sippers are at risk of developing what is known as metabolic syndrome. This can lead to ab fat, as well as high blood pressure.