Science has shown that there are many factors play a role in weight management, such as physical activity, sleep, screen time, and of course eating habits. A study conducted by Harvard researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at all of these factors over a four year period, and found that diet was the most influential factor on weight maintenance. These scientists actually went on to identify the top 10 foods that seem to have the biggest impact on one’s weight, whether it be through promoting weight loss, or even resulting in weight gain.
The Top Five Foods Promoting Weight Gain:
Number 5: Processed meats.
Number 4: Unprocessed red meats.
Number 3: Sugar-sweetened beverages.
Number 2: Potatoes.
Number 1: Potato chips.
The Top Five Foods Promoting Weight Loss:
Number 5: Yogurt.
Number 4: Nuts.
Number 3: Fruit.
Number 2: Whole grains.
Number 1: Vegetables.
The key take-away message: Rather than focusing on total calorie and fat intake, it may be more important to focus on the nutritional quality of the diet. Foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts are an excellent source of fiber, which is a key player in promoting weight loss. They also provide better nutrition quality, in that they are rich in beneficial vitamins, minerals, and heart-healthy fats. On the other hand, many of the foods that promote weight gain provide little or no vitamins and minerals and contain large amounts of fat, saturated fat, and empty calories.
Article source: http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/diet_reports_information/10_foods_that_drive_weight_gai?page=12