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3 Foods That Seem Healthy but Make You Gain Weight

When you are trying to lose weight, few things are more frustrating than stepping on the scale and watching the numbers remain stagnant. Although most people trying to lose weight focus on their exercise habits, you can't outrun a bad diet. Most people are eating things they shouldn't be. Here are three foods that seem healthy but can actually make you gain weight. 
1. Whole Grains
While whole grains are far healthier than starchy, refined grains, even the most untouched oats and quinoa can cause weight gain. Because wheat is water soluble, this grain causes the body to retain water whenever you eat it, driving up the numbers on the scale significantly.

As a general rule of thumb, the body retains about 3-4 grams of water for every gram of carbohydrate you consume. To put those staggering numbers into perspective, the average soft granola bar contains about 19 grams of carbohydrates, with some versions containing up to 30. If you enjoy one of these seemingly healthy snacks during your next bike ride or hike, you could retain as much as 2-3 ounces of water per bar.

Although 3 ounces might not seem like much, these weight gains add up. If you grab seconds on those granola bars or decide to indulge in a few slices of pizza, your weight could be impacted significantly, leading to discouragement the next time you step on the scale.

If you are interested in seeing the scale reflect your weight loss, try to limit your grain intake. When you do enjoy a granola bar or two, remember that your treat will reflect on the scale, so go easy on yourself for any gains.
2. Smoothies
Micronutrient intake is important for your overall health, which is why you might not think twice before feeding everything from kale and bananas to avocados and strawberries into your blender. Because most people pack smoothies with as many nutritional fruits and veggies as possible, these treats are high in calories. Most people underestimate how much it might take to work off that homemade drink.

If you look at the average smoothie from your favorite shop, expect that smoothie to have at least a few hundred calories, which means it would take you significant exercise to burn off that beverage. Because fruits and veggies can also be packed with sucrose, which is natural sugar, they can contain as much sugar as some soft drinks, increasing your carbohydrate intake and causing water weight gain.

To stay on the safe side, limit your smoothie portion size and choose lower-calorie options. Stay away from smoothies that contain high-calorie ingredients like peanut butter and chocolate. Whatever you do, don't pair your smoothies with other high-calorie foods like scones, pretzels, and trail mixes.
3. Deli Meats
Put away the deli meats and lettuce leaves. Although many people turn to processed deli meats as a lowcalorie way to add a little protein into their diet, research has shown that the high-fat content, salt, and nitrates typically present in deli meat can cause weight gain, high cholesterol levels, and even heart disease. Red meat has been shown to be especially problematic for weight gain, with studies showing an increased consumption is directly linked to gaining weight.  

Instead of consuming deli meat, choose slices of unprocessed, lean meats like turkey, chicken, and pork. Skip sandwiches and wraps that might also contain fatty additions like mayo, oils, and cheeses.

Because everyone is a little different, your weight loss program should be tailored to your specific needs. Fortunately, our entire team here at Doctor's Wellness Studio is dedicated to creating the kind of environment you need to succeed. From targeted advice and proven programs to vitamin infusions, testosterone therapy, and even HCG weight loss, we can help you to shed those stubborn pounds. Stop by and visit us today. 

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