Top 5 Foods for Weight Gain: How Does Your Diet Stack Up?Elizabeth Stark
A team of Harvard scientists has published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine identifying factors related to weight loss and weight gain. The take-away for those of us who may not have time to wade through an article in a medical journal–they’ve identified 5 foods associated with weight gain and 5 foods associated with weight loss. (My favorite thing about this study is how every story on this study, ours included, mentions right away that they’re from Harvard. I mean if these scientists were at Johns Hopkins Medical School, you could maybe ignore them. Unfortunately, they’re at Harvard, so you have to listen.).
If you’ve got your fingers crossed that beer is on the weight loss list and raw kale’s on the weight gain list, I have bad news for you–the study doesn’t reveal anything terribly shocking. The weight gain foods are ones that you know aren’t that good for you and the weight loss foods are ones you already know are healthy. Still, it helps to have it all laid out in clear terms.
So what are the unhealthy foods and what can you substitute for them? What are some dishes you can make to incorporate the healthy ones? Get the information you need after the jump.
Foods That Most Contribute to Weight Gain
#1 Worst for weight gain: potato chips 1 of 5
#2 Worst for weight gain: potatoes 2 of 5
#3 Worst for weight gain: sugar-sweetened beverages 3 of 5
#4 Worst for weight gain: unprocessed red meat 4 of 5
#5 Worst for weight gain: processed red meat 5 of 5