The Most Fattening Foods List

foods linked to weight gain

Here is the most fattening foods list.  According to New Zealand researchers, these 49 foods and beverages are mainstays in the diets of people who are most frequently overweight or obese.

I always advocate for a non-diet approach to losing weight because fad or strict diets never work in the long-term. There are obvious behaviors like limiting screen time, eating out very infrequently, limiting alcohol, never skipping meals, eating lots of produce and  weighing yourself frequently. But now there are studies that show which foods make it harder to manage your weight.

In one study, New Zealand researchers identified 49 foods considered the most damaging for your diet. In another study, University of Pittsburgh obesity researchers found several foods that were linked with weight loss at six months and two years later. The Pitt study’s worst diet wreckers: desserts, fried foods and sweetened beverages.

Below are the foods the New Zealand researcher say are most linked to being overweight. If you eat or drink these, cut back as much as you can.

Ditch These to Win at Losing

1. Alcoholic drinkscocktails

2. Biscuits

3. Butter, lard, dripping or similar fat (used as a spread or in baking/cooking etc.)

4. Cakes

5. Candy, including lollipops

6. Chocolate

7. Coconut cream

8. Condensed milk

9. Cordial

10. Corn chips

11. Cream (including crème fraiche)

12. Chips (including vegetable chips)

13. Deli meats

14. Doughnuts

15. Energy drinks

16. Flavored milk/milkshakes

17. Fruit canned in syrup

18. Fruit rollupsblueberry pie

19. Fried food

20. Fried potatoes/French fries

21. Frozen yogurt

22. Fruit juice (except tomato juice and unsweetened black currant juice)

23. Glucose (pure sugar)

24. High-fat crackers

25. Honey

26. Hot chocolate, chocolate milk

27. Ice cream

28. Jam

29. Marmalade

30. Mayonnaise

31. Muesli/granola bars

32. Muffins

33. Nuts roasted in fat or oil

34. Pastries

35. Pies

36. Popcorn with butter or oil

37. Puddings

38. Quiches

39. Reduced cream

40. Regular powdered drinks

41. Salami

42. Sausages

43. Soft drinks

44. Sour cream

45. Sugar (added to anything including drinks, baking, cooking etc.)

46. Syrups such as golden syrup, treacle, maple syrup

47. Toasted muesli, granola, and any other breakfast cereal with more than 15 grams of sugar per 100 grams of cereal

48. Whole milk

49. Sugary flavored yogurt




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