Caloric fats and sugars in unhealthy ratios in your diet can cause you to eat more calories than you can burn. When your body stores the excess nutrients as fat, you gain weight.
If you’re trying to lose weight, you’ll lose ground in your endeavor. The foods that rack up the highest calorie totals tend to have large amounts of dietary fat, added sugar or refined starch.
Fatty foods can have natural fat, such as pork spareribs, or added fat, such as French fries. Whatever the source, dietary fat takes longer to digest. While ribs have 337 calories compared to French fries’ 539 calories, similar fat contents slow your digestion, causing you to burn fewer metabolic calories even as they add to your daily calorie count.
Other fatty foods that slow weight loss include submarine sandwiches, cheeseburgers, tacos, fried fish sandwiches, corn dogs, and apple pie.
Refined-grain products made with white flour or white rice have similar calorie counts but less nutrition than whole grains, such as wheat flour and brown rice. Foods made with refined grains include pies, cake, cookies, white bread, buns, bagels, muffins, pizza and regular, as opposed to whole-wheat, egg noodles. Those made or eaten with butter or oils have greater calorie totals.
These less-nutrient-dense foods make it harder to control your weight. Removing the nutritious outer husk of grains diminishes their nutrient content, which may cause you to overeat to get the vitamins, minerals and fiber that your body needs to function.
Carbonated Soft drinks and Candy
Foods with sugar as a major ingredient have an even worse impact on losing weight. Some, such as regularly sweetened carbonated soft drinks, have no nutritional value other than sugar. Yet, a 340ml can of sugary soft drink takes up 137 calories in your daily allowance.
Candies such as gummy bears and chocolate bars add starch or fat to large amounts of sugar, totaling as many as 300 calories per suggested serving. These foods delay weight loss by making you eat more of other foods to get adequate nutrition.