The Three Worst Foods for Weight Control

So what are the three worst foods when it comes to weight loss?

Okay, you might already know the answer, but let’s make sure. What are the three WORST things that you can regularly consume if you want to lose weight?

Worst Culprit: Potato Chips

Worst Foods for Weight ControlThe worst food you can choose for keeping slim, rated according to weight gain per serving, is potato chips, according to researchers from Harvard. The study didn’t attempt to clearly ascertain why, just to associate foods eaten with subsequent weight gain, but researchers believe that uncontrolled portion sizes (“eating the whole bag”), as well as eating in front of the TV might be factors.

“TV watching has stronger links to weight gain than other sedentary activities. Turning off the TV is therefore very important — in particular, to improve diet. If TV must be watched, then it should be done without any eating and without any food or beverage advertising.”

– Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and lead author of the study

The Harvard research clearly indicated that total calorie consumption wasn’t the only thing that mattered.

“Our results demonstrate that the quality of the diet — the types of food and beverages that one consumes — is strongly linked to weight gain.”

– Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and lead author of the study

In Second Place: Potatoes Again

Potatoes in most forms were reported to be extra-fattening, whether baked, boiled, mashed or French-fried, but the French fries were particularly unhealthy.

The study wasn’t clear on why potatoes were such triggers for weight gain, but researchers suspect that the big spikes they cause in blood sugar and insulin may be involved. Blood sugar spikes trigger hunger. Another factor may be that they’re often eaten in large portions.

Third, But Still One of the Worst Foods for Weight Control: Sugar Sweetened Beverages

This includes not only pop, but any beverage with significant amounts of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or forms of sugar. Read the labels.

What are the Best Choices?

So what’s the best food for your waistline? Yogurt.

“I think it’s likely that potato chips and French fries are markers for junk food diets, and yogurt is a marker for healthy diets”

– Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition at New York University and author of Food Politics

Other findings from the study indicated that specific high-quality foods were important to limiting weight gain. The more daily servings people ate of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and yogurt, the less weight they gained. Sleep was also found to be important, as was exercise and limiting alcohol intake.

“The study has a clear and consistent message: if you want to gain weight, eat junk foods and drink sodas. If you want to maintain a healthy weight, eat healthy foods. This means following basic dietary recommendations and choosing relatively unprocessed foods — vegetables, meat, dairy, grains, fruits. And don’t drink too much alcohol.

It’s not that calories don’t count; indeed they do. But it’s a lot easier to control calories by eating healthfully and avoiding junk foods and sodas than it is to delude yourself into thinking you can count them accurately,”

– Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition at New York University and author of Food Politics

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One Response to The Three Worst Foods for Weight Control

  1. xTinx September 27, 2014 at 7:00 am #

    I’ve cut back on potato chips (I still eat but once a month or every other month) but my greatest weakness is french fries, which obviously is a far unhealthier food than potato chips having been soaked deeply in too much oil and drenched in salt.

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