These 6 Foods Are Tied to Weight Gain


A nutritionist explains why these foods can lead to gaining weight, plus the best alternatives to help you maintain a healthy weight.

There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to losing weight. But, according to a new study from researchers at George Washington University, some foods are more closely associated with weight gain than others.

And a trio of plant-based foods appears to be tied to weight loss. That means zeroing in on a short list of commonly eaten foods—some to minimize, and others to increase—could play an important role in helping you achieve and maintain better weight management results.

Here are better-for-you alternatives to the top six foods connected to weight gain, along with advice for how to up your intake of the top three foods known to keep pounds at bay: whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Even if you’re not trying to lose weight, these exchanges can increase your energy, enhance your mood, improve digestive health, and lower your disease risk. And they’re simple. Ready to switch things up?

Potato chips

DIY it. Potato chips are made with three simple ingredients: sliced potatoes (a whole food), oil, and salt. Part of the problem with store-bought chips is the type of oil used. The high omega-6 fatty acid oils used for frying chips—including sunflower, safflower, and corn oil—have been associated with fueling inflammation, particularly when not balanced with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.

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