What foods can make me get fat?

Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing

Many times we think about the fatty foods as being the worst culprit. Did you know added sugars can be just as dangerous to your arteries and contribute to type 2 diabetes and obesity. Then there are the food additives like high fructose corn syrup which contributes to an inflammatory response in the body and  can increase belly fat. Most of us buy things like bagels and donuts and know they are probably full of things that may lead to our weight gain but an eye-opener for me was all the diet products that are sold that contain things like high fructose corn syrup and evaporated cane juice etc. that may improve taste and be cheap for the manufacturers to use but can really sabotage your weight loss efforts. Eliminating the added sugars in your diet and learning how to read and interpret labels can help you avoid those foods that can block your weight  loss efforts.

Curry Chaudoir
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

We've found the following to be true, unfortunately:  simple sugars, simple carbohydrates and dairy products seem to add weight to the body faster than anything else.  We've had patients discontinue those 3 items while taking steps to increase their metabolism naturally using the principles of Oriental Medicine and lose 15 pounds in 3 weeks. 

Eat sugar, simple carbs and dairy=gain weight. 

Don't eat sugar, simple carbs and dairy=lose weight.

So much for enjoying every snack at the office......

Eating more calories than you burn makes you fat, whether those calories come from carbohydrates, proteins, or fats. Any amount of food that you eat above the amount of calories you burn will be stored as fat.

American's waistlines have expanded simply because people eat about 250 more calories per day than they did a decade ago and they move less because of technology and lifestyle.

Remember, unless you're eating too much of it, a single food doesn't make you fat; excess calories make you fat.
Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Foods that can make you fat quickly are:

  • Ice cream
  • Cookies, cakes, pies
  • Donuts and pastries
  • White bread and white-flour products
  • Cheese (except low-fat versions)
  • Mayonnaise (except low-fat versions)
  • Fried foods, especially deep fried
  • White sugar, chocolate, candy
  • Pop, fruit juice, and other sugary drinks
  • Bacon, sausage, wieners, processed meats
  • Hot dogs, fast-food burgers
  • Potato chips and tortilla chips
  • White rice
  • Sugary breakfast cereals
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