Researchers at Harvard University followed approximately121,000 men and women for 20 years. In 2011 they published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that documented the foods and drinks most and least associated with gaining weight.
NUTS This powerhouse foods contains a great combination of healthy unsaturated fats (mono and polyunsatured). They also provide a great source fiber and a moderate amount of protein.
YOGURT A good source of calcium, plus probiotics for gut health.
FRUITS High water content and key antioxidants and vitamins.
WHOLE GRAINS Packed with B vitamins and fiber.
VEGGIES Low calorie, lots of vitamins and nutrients, and high fiber.
FRENCH FRIES Deep-frying makes them high in calories and saturated fat.
POTATOES Often fried or covered with butter, sour cream, or sugary ketchup. The carbohydrate they contain is also digested very quickly, which tends to spike our blood sugar.
SWEETENED BEVERAGES Skip soda to save calories. Thirsty? Choose water, selter or unsweetened iced tea as an alternative.
RED MEATS Avoid fatty cuts, such as T-bone, New York strip, and rib-eye steaks. Choose sirloin flank or filet as they contain less saturated fat.
PROCESSED MEATS Most contain nitrates and are very high in saturated fat. C