The answer is an unequivocal yes! Published research, courtesy of the New England Journal of Medicine, has found that eating certain foods can indeed derail one from successfully losing bodyweight. In this diet study it was discovered that consuming certain foods in relative large amounts was found to be a significant issue affecting one's bodyweight. In particular, regular consumption of potato chips (who can stop at eating just one chip or two or three or?...you get the idea) is one of the primary culprits for annual weight gain in many people. The study's conclusion was that it's the amount of food and not necessarily the type of food consumed that is the primary factor when it comes to long-term weight gain--in this example, eating a whole bag of potato chips regularly at a sitting. In other words, what you eat is more important than exercise in terms of weight gain or lost. In particular, the study found that eating potato chips was more likely to cause weight gain than soda, candy and ice cream (!).
Bottom line: The foods you choose to eat and how much plays a very large impact on your bodyweight over time. Lesson learned: Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts in order to maintain a healthy bodyweight. Cut back on potatoes, sweets and soda.
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.