Avoid these 10 Foods that are Guaranteed to Make you Fat!!

Medical Staff Tending a Patient ca. 1980s-1990s

We can’t afford to be overweight and obese. Let’s learn how to do something about this now! Start with learning which foods make us fat. Many of these you will already know about as it is common sense.

1. Artificial Sweeteners:

Diet soda does have less calories and less sugar than regular soda. This doesn’t mean it’s healthy. A study found that people who drank two or more diet sodas a day had six times the waistline compared to those who skip the diet cola.

Research has also shown that NutraSweet, one of the most popular artificial sweeteners, leads to the same surge of insulin as white carbs (see No 7 food below) –- because of sweetness detectors in the small intestine.

2. White sugar is full of calories that sabotage healthy eating and prime your palate to crave sweets.

The world is filled with sugar addicts. When our blood sugars are high we are high. When our blood sugar is low, we feel totally run down and exhausted and want more sugar. Sugar has no vitamins or minerals, just lots of fat-building calories. Watch out for hidden sugars!

3. Cheese can be a fattening food.

It contains a large amount of fat and is hard to digest. (a deadly combination)

Poor digestion causes weight gain! Fat has nine calories per gram, protein and carbohydrates have only four.

The most fattening food in the world is considered to be cheese fries.

4. Gluten rich foods are fattening but so are most common gluten free packaged products.

Read the labels; they are full of starch and sugar. A study discovered that it was easy to eat too many slices of bread in one sitting.

5. Potatoes were found to be the top food making us fat. This surprised me!But the study found potatoes to be top of the list. Who would have guessed.


The study found all forms to be fattening. Every serving of fries eaten in a day was linked to weight gain of more than three pounds, while eating an extra serving of potato chips led to a gain of 1.69 pounds.

6. Alcohol blocks the body from burning fat.

Alcohol increases the release of the hormone cortisol that breaks down muscle and retains fat. The loss of muscle can slowdown metabolism making it easier to gain weight. Also, alcohol causes a drop in testosterone in men, a hormone which helps burn fat.

Fat metabolism can be reduced by as much as 73 percent after only two drinks of vodka and lemonade in a one hour time period. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). Alcohol dehydrates the body which needs to be hydrated to build muscle and burn fat. (Had no idea that alcohol would be fattening on its own)

7. White Carbs (white rice, pasta, white bread, and starches) are fattening because they are high glycemic index foods. This we all know.

A study suggests that such carbs are a problem for people wanting to lose body fat. Findings show that consumption of the wrong carbs creates body fat. Ludwig and his colleagues at Children’s Hospital Boston

fat people

8. Bad Fats and Oils are fattening especially when they come as deep fried foods and baked goods.

Fats and oils also contain 120 calories per tablespoon. Even olive oil has lots of calories even though it has significant health benefits. Things like Avocado’s which are very high in fat are ok because there is a huge difference between good fats and bad.

9. Processed Foods are loaded with calories and almost no nutrients!

Diet microwave meals and frozen meals are high in sodium and calorie-rich fat to preserve flavor. Eating them causes you to retain water in your arms and legs, leaving you puffy.

Research by the London University College team, suggests that a diet high in processed food increases the risk of depression.

10. Processed meats (lunch meats, bacon, sausage, hot dogs) are high in calories, fat and sodium.

Sixty eight percent of bacon’s calories come from fat, almost half is saturated fat and each ounce has 30 milligrams of cholesterol.

Too much salt in your body leads to water retention and bloating. NO amount of processed meat is considered safe to eat, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

This is not speaking of meat in general….just processed meat.

We are the result of what we eat.

we are what we eat

Let’s not short change our body with foods high in fat, sugar, and chemicals. If you are still eating many of the foods listed above, simply start decreasing the quantity until you are in control. (Every bit helps!)

How do you decrease the “bad” foods. It’s simple. Increase the GOOD ones!

Everyone already know the good foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and quality proteins. If you needed to choose the best food group, it would be vegetables.

Following Nutrition Guidelines When Living With Cancer by Jillian McKee

Recently Jillian emailed me about an article she had written on nutritional guidelines when living with Cancer. I was more then happy to post it. Here is it and thanks again to Jillian for the wonderful contribution.

Following Nutrition Guidelines When Living With Cancer

Nutrition is an important part of anyone’s life. However, if you’re living with cancer, eating healthy is of the utmost importance. Starting a balanced diet the moment you are diagnosed with cancer is the best thing that can be done. This will help while going through treatments and even while in remission.

Your doctor or dietician will be able to discuss with you some of the nutrition goals you should be following. However, if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or any other cancer, you want to eat the right foods in order to maintain your strength and energy. This is one of the benefits to making sure that you are getting all of the nutrients you need each and every day.

When going through treatments, a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, and fat will help you to maintain your weight. This will ensure that your body is storing the nutrients it needs to handle the changes happening in your body. If your weight is fluctuating, it can be harder to tolerate treatments.

Research has proven that those who are focusing on good nutrition have fewer side effects from treatments. Depending on the type of cancer you have been diagnosed with and the treatments you are undergoing, there will be side effects. By following a doctor’s orders on what to eat, you will be able to handle treatments more effectively than if you weren’t eating healthy.

While eating healthy isn’t a cure for cancer, it can help lower your risk of infection. Eating protein will help your immune system and also allow your body to repair damaged tissue. Those with cancer need more protein than the average person. It can be found through lean poultry and red meat, fish, eggs, beans, soy products and even nuts.

Cancer can take its toll on your body. To ensure you are able to get through each and every day, a regular supply of energy is needed. Eating the right fats and oils can provide your body with a rich source of energy. The fats will be used to store energy, which will allow you to use them when you need them the most. Carbohydrates can also provide you with the energy you need, as long as they’re being eaten in the right forms.

The UK Markey Cancer Center offers a wide range of resources. You can learn about some of the nutritional benefits after you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. You can find various menus, recipes and other eating tips to ensure you are getting your required daily intake of vitamins and minerals.

Focus on nutrition. Protein, fat, carbohydrates, water – they all play a vital role in your life when you have cancer. Talk to your doctor to make sure you are eating in a healthy manner.

Here is a link to Jillian’s Blog http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/jillian/