If you are trying to lose weight, you need to be aware of some foods to stay away from. While it’s true that eating too much of any food item will cause your weight to increase, there are some food items that are truly red flags in terms of their weight gain.
The most common type of weight increasing foods are those foods with too much fats, refined grains and sugar in them. Junk food is a common example of these types of foods. They have the type of calories in them that are easily and quickly digested by your body and provide almost no nutrients. In order to know which foods to avoid, here is a list of the most commonly available types of food that can lead to quick weight gain.
#1. Refined and starch filled foods
These type of foods promote rapid gains in weight. Common examples of these include processed potato products such as french fries, potato chips, mashed potatoes etc. Other common start filled foods are crackers, white bread, macaroni etc. These foods contain almost no fiber, so they are digested almost immediately and are converted to glucose in your bloodstream. This causes a drastic increase in your sugar and insulin levels. As a result, you will build up large amounts of fat in a short time.
#2. Sweet and sugary foods
Beware sugary snacks and desserts such as pastries, cakes, candy, icecream, muffins etc. All of these have been proven to promote rapid gains in weight and also increase sugar and insulin levels in your blood.
Similarly, artificially sweetened drinks are also directly linked to rapid weight gain. The fructose in these drinks leads to increase in belly fat and love handles.
#3. Processed and red meat
Science has proven that there is a direct link between consumption of red meat and processed meat products and rapid weight gain. The reason for this is that processed meat and red meat products almost always contain large quantities of saturated fat. Apart from causing rapid weight gain, this also significantly increases the risk of developing a heart disease due to causing high blood pressure and excessive cholesterol levels.
According to a study from 2014, people who regularly consume meat products that contain saturated fats developed a noticeable and significant amount of belly fat in just seven weeks.