You’d Never Guess That These Everyday Foods Make You Gain Weight Like Crazy

No matter how many times a week you hit the gym, certain things in your pantry spell serious trouble for your weight-loss goals. If you’re like most Americans, you dread the moment the doctor asks you to step on the scale during your annual visit.

There’s no doubt about it — we’re all getting heavier. CBS News reports the average American is 15 pounds heavier now than they were in the ’80s and ’90s. What’s to blame? Our diets. Check out these foods that make you gain weight fast. (Use one popular salad staple with moderation on page 9.)

1. Olive oil

olives next to olive oil on a table

Olive oil is known for its benefits, but it can cause weight gain. |

You can feel good about eating olive oil, and cooking with it is certainly better for your health than butter. But if you don’t watch your portion size, the fat and calories can really add up. Prevention notes a 1/4 cup of olive oil contains a little under 500 calories and over 50 grams of fat.

Most of the fats are the good type (monounsaturated) but they can still expand your waistline. Watch how much oil you add to the pan as you cook. It could contribute to a big number on the scale.

Next: Over a handful of this healthy snack will ruin your diet for the day.

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