15 Cooking Mistakes That Make You Gain Weight

Every year, about 50% of Americans try to shed a few pounds, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Not all of them will be successful. Some probably aren’t really committed to weight loss, but others are exercising, trying to eat healthier foods, and cooking more at home. If you’re doing all the right things to shed pounds, and your spare tire still won’t disappear, one these 15 cooking mistakes could be sabotaging your efforts to lose weight.

1. The good fat trap

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Avocados are a healthy source of fat, but they’re still highly caloric. | iStock.com

Studies have shown an ultra low-fat diet isn’t necessarily healthy and definitely not a cure-all. Now that the health-conscious have started eating fats again, we’ve seen the rise of “good fats” and “healthy fats.” This has made olive oil, avocado, nuts, and the like become staples in the healthy diet. Although it’s certainly true these fats are full of nutrients and a much better alternative to lard and butter, it’s easy to forget they’re still packed with calories. Regardless of how full of nutrients an avocado is, a whole avocado still clocks in at 322 calories. It can be easy to intuit “good” or “healthy” as “OK to eat.” But because gaining and losing weight is a game of calories in versus calories out, it’s still important to practice moderation.