More Than 30% of adults worldwide are classified as overweight.

Why food labelled as ‘low fat’ or ‘fat free’ can have quite the opposite effects on your weight los efforts


The top 9 foods considered to be healthy that actualy cause you to gain weight:


‘Healthy Smoothies

Smoothies are very healthy and we have a range of smoothie recipes that we use and recommend. Some smoothies however can be very calorie dense and some smoothies might contain up to a half cup of sugar!

Make sure your choice of smoothies fit your workout plan, diet and suit your needs. 

Fruit Juices

Drinking fruit juices regularly can contribute to excessive calorie consumption.

Avoid drinking juices high in sugars and starches.

True 100% fruit juices are a good option but they do not contain as much fiber and phytonutrients as fresh fruits.



Most breakfast foods are often loaded with added sugars. Granola can have high added sugars.

Rather scramble up an egg on toast with your favourite add on like avo. Higher nutrient foods like these will sustain you during the day and has a compounding benefit compared to quick fix cereals.


Fruits are very healthy and adding fruit to your meals have been linked to weight loss, on the other hand, fruit loaded with sugar can have a negative impact on your health and waistline.

1 Mango has nearly 10 teaspoons of sugar! Fruits like watermelon, grapes, cherries and figs have very high sugar content and you should avoid eating excessive quantities of them.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “dried fruits are a much healthier option” but it’s quite the opposite – Dried fruit has much more sugars compared to the same amount of fresh fruits.

So if you love fruit – stick to the fresh options or snack small amounts of dried fruit at a time instead.


So Called ‘Diet’ foods

‘Fat free’, ‘diet’ or ‘weight loss’ labelled packaged items.

These packaged foods and snacks are processed and contain many preservatives, sweeteners and added sugars. The bulk of these chips, cookies, bars and snack items are unhealthy.

Replace these with healthy alternatives.

It’s best to replace these packaged, overly processed foods with nutrient-dense, filling options.


Fancy Coffee

Caffeine has many health benefits and can play a role in lowering appetite.

A Java Chip Frappuccino at Starbucks has 600 calories!

Drinking these with high sugary or creamy addons could have quite the opposite effect if you are trying to lose weight. These daily intakes can add up and have a negative impact.

Rather opt for less sugary coffees instead.

Sugar Free Soda

Diet soda is often viewed as a healthy beverage because it contains 0 calories.

New research suggests that drinking diet sodas lead to higher calorie consumption and can even be linked to blood sugar problems.

Iced Tea

Antioxidants in tea are great for you health.

But sweetened, bottled and canned teas can have lots of added sugars which are not that healthy after all.

Low-Fat Foods

People often try to cut fat from their diets in order to lose weight but the results are quite the contrary. 

Low fat alternatives most often have added sugars and consuming sugar can lead to more weight gains. 

Stick to foods that are low in sugars, certain high fat food are much healthier than low-fat-high-sugar alternatives.


The Take

Now you know how to spot the food that makes you fat and why mainstream healthy advice sometime does more harm than good.

Stick to fresh produce, whole-foods and avoid food high in sugars. 

Foods high in healthy fatty acids and lean protein will play a more impactful role in keeping the weight of your hips and many foods labelled healthy could have the opposite effect and ruin your weight loss efforts.