20 Sneaky Foods Making You Gain Weight

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That “healthy” yogurt parfait contains an entire day’s worth of sugar.

No single food in isolation of everything else you eat is going to make you gain (or lose!) weight. But often, the same barrier stumps so many people when it comes to weight loss and healthier eating: sneaky sources of added sugar or saturated fat lurking throughout the pantry, fridge, or freezer.

Sugary Cereal

Cereals are deceptive for two reasons: First, many are secret sugar bombs, especially if you aren’t sticking to the suggested serving size. Second, because sugary cereals are sometimes low in fiber, they can leave you ravenous when lunch is hours away.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil was never the elixir it was touted to be at 117 calories, 14 grams total fat, and 12 grams saturated fat (60% of the daily value) per one tablespoon. The bottom line is that having a tablespoon a day is unlikely to harm anyone, but there’s no data to support coconut oil as a cure-all.

Agave Nectar

Your body processes sweeteners like agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, evaporated cane juice, and corn syrup pretty much the same way as it does plain, old white or brown sugar — so you should watch how much you eat or drink no matter which type is used. Like regular sugar, agave syrup contains about 45–60 calories per tablespoon.

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