The 7 Foods Most Likely to Cause Weight Gain

Your fat is not your fault!

For years, we’ve been taught that typical diet foods like whole grains, nonfat yogurt, and egg white omelettes are the best options for fast fat loss. But the truth is that those so-called healthy foods may actually be making you gain weight, not lose it!

That’s because food intolerance is so often the hidden cause of extra pounds. A negative reaction to certain foods can trigger inflammation and a host of unpleasant symptoms like stubborn weight gain.

If you’re eating all the “right” foods, but still not making any progress, then food intolerance may be to blame!

How Food Intolerance Makes You Fat

One of the most common causes of food intolerance is repeatedly eating foods your body can’t handle, creating a system-wide immune response. And when your immune system remains fired up on a regular basis, chronic inflammation is the result.

Long-term inflammation expands your waistline in more ways than one! From knocking your hormones out of whack and sparking insulin resistance to interfering with your digestive system and causing fluid retention, inflammation sabotages your weight and your health.

If your goal is to be lean and healthy, eliminating the foods your body doesn’t tolerate and getting rid of chronic inflammation are absolutely essential.

But how do you know which foods to avoid? After working with thousands of clients struggling with weight loss resistance, I’ve identified the 7 foods that are most likely to stand in the way of lasting weight loss.

Read on to find out the 7 major offenders…

  1. Gluten. There’s nothing good about gluten! Not only does gluten raise insulin levels and promote fat storage, it can also damage the tight junctions in your gut. Things not intended to slip through your gut wall suddenly get through, creating an immune response called leaky gut syndrome.

As a result, you have a harder time absorbing nutrients, which can make you crave food and put on extra pounds. As if that wasn’t enough, gluten-induced leaky gut creates inflammation and can lead to a cascade of health problems and autoimmune issues as well as weight gain.1

  1. Dairy. I know that a foamy latte or dinner smothered in cheese can be tempting, but it turns out that dairy is one of the most common sources of food sensitivity. Symptoms of dairy intolerance include acne, rosacea, and other skin issues, plus gas and bloating and frequent sinus infections.

Even if you can tolerate dairy, it’s a huge culprit behind weight gain. In addition to raising insulin production and increasing your risk of developing insulin resistance, it also contains hormones that make you grow. (And I don’t mean taller!)

  1. Soy. Marketing soy as a health food is one of the biggest scams of our modern diet! In fact, there are so many issues with soy, it’s hard to pick and choose which ones to highlight.

Here are just a few of soy’s problems…

  • May impair thyroid function
  • Loaded with pesticides
  • Damages gut health
  • Overly processed
  • Can be an anti-nutrient
  • Can disrupt sex hormones

Clearly, soy is the last thing you want in your diet if you’re looking to maintain your weight and your health!

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  1. Eggs. Some people have a genuine sensitivity to eggs and should avoid them completely. As I explain in The Virgin Diet, signs of an egg sensitivity can occur up to 72 hours after you eat and may include headache, fatigue, joint pain, cramps and bloating, weight gain, or cravings.

But others have an extreme sensitivity to the corn or soy typically offered to factory-farmed chickens. In those cases, choosing pasture raised, organic eggs can eliminate symptoms.

I actually had a client who only reacted to eggs from chickens who were fed corn and soy. Once she dropped the eggs from her diet, she also dropped unwanted pounds right along with them!  

  1. Corn. If you wonder why corn causes you to gain weight, think about what factory farms use to fatten up cows and pigs quickly: corn!

While many people think of corn as a vegetable, it’s actually a grain. And a high-sugar impact one at that, triggering an immediate spike in your blood sugar levels.

Every time your blood sugar goes up, your body produces insulin to bring it back down. Repeat that process enough times, and your body develops insulin resistance, which can lead to weight gain, high cholesterol, and heart disease.2

Insulin resistance is also tied to further inflammation — starting the vicious cycle of weight gain all over again!

  1. Peanuts. One of the most common food allergens, peanuts are actually a member of the legume family and not a nut at all. Even those without a true peanut allergy can still develop a sensitivity to peanuts after repeated exposure.

What’s more, peanuts are high in histamine, a chemical involved in the inflammatory response. When you frequently eat histamine-rich foods like peanuts, your body pumps out cortisol to prevent you from having an allergic reaction. And chronically elevated cortisol levels signal your body to hang on to fat, especially around your belly.

  1. Sugar and artificial sweeteners. In the Sugar Impact Diet, I declare sugar Public Enemy #1! Eating too much sugar undermines your health and weight loss efforts in a number of ways:
  • Sends your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride
  • Disrupts your insulin metabolism
  • Raises your stress hormones, causing your body to hold on to fat
  • Provides fuel for yeast, contributing to SIBO/SIFO
  • Creates more sugar cravings
  • Feeds the bad bacteria in your gut, causing your body to extract more calories from the food you eat and store them as fat

And don’t think that artificial sweeteners are any better! In addition to harming your health, artificial sweeteners can also trigger cravings and cause weight gain. They actually work against your weight loss goals, not for them!

As you can see, these 7 foods do nothing but stand in the way of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

So are you ready to stop your symptoms of food intolerance and kickstart weight loss again? Try the Breakthrough Food Intolerance Online Program!

Based on my NYT bestselling book The Virgin Diet, the Breakthrough program walks you through how to cleanse your body of the 7 highly reactive foods by swapping them for tasty, healthy options.

Next, you’ll test to find out which of the 7 foods you can add back to your diet long-term. By the end of your Breakthrough, you’ll create a customized diet that’s perfect for your unique body chemistry and needs – one that you can stick to for good!

Get started today and stop the cycle of weight gain, pain, and cravings…

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