8 Surprising Foods That Make You Gain Weight

French fries and pizza aren’t the only dishes that can cause you to pack on the pounds

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1. Fat-free or low-fat cookies and muffins

Something labeled fat-free or low-fat certainly can’t make you gain weight! That’s what food manufacturers would like you to believe.

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2. Yogurt

Even if it’s labeled “fat-free,” yogurt is a sneaky source of added sugar. A 6-ounce container of chocolate nonfat yogurt contains 25 grams of sugar — more than an entire day’s worth for women.

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3. White bagels

This breakfast staple, especially in the white or plain form, is just one example of a simple carbohydrate — foods our bodies digest quickly, sending a rush of sugar into our bloodstream.

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4. Red meat

Meat is particularly problematic for putting on pounds because it contains protein and saturated fat, both of which promote weight gain.

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5. Fried fish

Fish like salmon, tuna and shrimp are high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, low in saturated fat and high in protein. This protein source is generally good for you; that is, until you dredge your fish in flour and fry it in hot oil.

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6. Plant-based dairy foods

Avoiding dairy is fine, especially if you’re lactose-intolerant, but you need to use caution with plant-based substitutes like cashew, almond or coconut yogurt, ice cream and milk.

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7. Sodas and other sugary drinks

It might be easy to connect the contents of your plate with the higher numbers on your scale, but what’s in your glass also factors into your weight-loss struggles.

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