The fact is undeniable: certain products fatten your more. It is connected with the influence of the ingredients on the activity of hormones responsible for accumulation of fat and proper functioning of appetite control mechanisms. This article presents a list of food products that are of highest threat for your figure.
There are no, there have never been, and quite possibly there will never be anything more fattening than sweets. Most of them are simply combinations of simple sugars, such as sucrose, with refined, and often also hydrogenated fats which contain harmful trans isomers. If you add almost complete absence of vitamins and minerals (aside from sodium), you get a recipe for spectacular metabolic downfall accompanied by bounteous fat gain. Of course, sweets can be divided into better and worse categories. The former will undoubtedly include: plain chocolate, some ice cream and whole-meal flour cookies; the latter, as a matter of fact, will embrace all the rest. The problem with sweets is not just their high-calorie properties, but also the fact that in their case, "the appetite comes with eating". So they make high risk products since it is very difficul to stop once you start gorging on candies and chocolates, and you often end up eating more then you had planned.
Some time ago sensational news broke out that an American teacher lost 17 kgs dining only in a fast food bar. This information is intriguing but does it evidently mean that fries-and-cola meals help to lose weight? Or at least not fatten? Well, it does not. In 99.9% of cases snacking on this type of food leads to rapid growth of adipose tissue. The mechanism is the same as the one I described in the previous paragraph. Of course, you can lose weight eating only junk food, just as you can lose weight eating only sugar from your sugar-bowl, but it would be more of a life-threatening circus trick than an optimal way to improve the aesthetics of your body. Junk food is designed in exactly the same way as it is in case of sweets: the more you eat, the more you would like to have. As a result, when dining at McDonalds' you eat more than you should of products stimulating accumulation of fat.
Just heat it up or simply pour hot water and voila! Dinner ready. More and more people replace their lunch or dinner with on-the-go meals. Frozen pizzas from the supermarket, pasta in a nylon bag and sauce from a jar - these is the way of eating of more and more clients of mine in the XXXL size. Ready-made instant products are in fact seasoned sweets. Some simple sugars responsible for sweet taste are merely replaced with purified starch. Just take a look at their composition. Regardless of the type of food the list begins with: water, wheat flour, vegetable fat, and after a while: glucose-fructose syrup, salt, taste and flavor enhancer, preservative. Products of this type are an absolute masterpiece when it comes to a combination of high energy value with low nutritional value. It is even hard to call it nutrition. This is nothing more but gorging on empty calories which leads to selective malnutrition on the one hand, and excessive weight gain on the other.
Sweetened drinks and fruit juices
The biggest problem with sweetened drinks is that hardly anyone pays any attention to calories hidden in their composition. Similar is the situation with fruit juices, which are considered an important part of a healthy diet, equivalent to one of five daily portions of vegetables and fruits (according to misleading media campaigns). Sugars in this type of products make usually from 8 to 12% of the whole composition, this means that in every 250 ml of fruit juice you drink up to 30 g of sugar, which is exactly 7-8 teaspoonfuls! Let me mention here that some people like to have two litres of this type of drinks every day, which gives them a whole mug of sugar. Research shows that even without significant changes in your diet, mere elimination of sweetened drinks and juice can lead to noticeable reduction of body weight.
Sweet dairy products
Yes, I know the subject of loved by many fruit yoghurts has been touched upon several times already. But I can't imagine skipping this type of foods when creating a ranking of the most fattening foodstuffs. Fruit yogurts, as well as friut buttermilk, sweet cream cheese and of course recommended for children sugary dairy products are sweets themselves. Just read their labels and check the nutritional value: more exactly sugar content, which often exceeds 15%. A glass of fruit yogurt is about 35-40 g of carbohydrate (8-10 teaspoonfuls) mostly sucrose and partially - lactose. Regular consumption of this type of food is certainly not good for your body.
Muesli, granola and cereals for children
How come? Muesli and granola in this ranking? But this is such healthy and nutritious food! Well, I am perfectly aware of the fact that breakfast products are advertised as a great way to a healthy start of your day. The problem is that the truth of such ads is at least questionable. Muesli-type inventions, granola or cereal for children differ from the sweets only in the addition of vitamins and a higher fiber content. And now the question arises: if we start to vitaminise white sugar and we add a touch of bran, would we end up with "healthy and valuable food" after we pour milk over it? Unfortunately, what we find on the list of ingredients of most of cereals is sugar, cleaned grain, glucose, fructose and glucose-fructose syrup, candied fruit, barley malt, and sometimes also hydrogenated vegetable fat. These are not desirable components of a healthy meal. Let's say it frankly: gorging yourself on products such as muesli or granola you will easy trigger extra pounds deposition.
To sum up
Sweets, fast-food meals, sweetened drinks, juices, breakfast products, sweetened milk products, all these products have one thing in common – increase the risk of an excessive weight gain. Of course, their consumption does not necessarily immediately lead to deterioration of your body composition but it surely is an important risk factor. The worst is, though, that we all have a soft spot for these types of snacks and like to grab one or two, especially when we don't have time or we don't feel like cooking more nutritious meals. It is always good to eat consciously, read labels carefully and always keep in mind potential consequences of wrong food choices.