The #1 Worst Food for Weight Gain?

March 21, 2013 | By | 44 Comments

Are you eating this supposed health food that’s actually making you fat? Read on to find out what it is and why you should avoid it at all costs…

You don’t have to look far to find foods that pack on fat. Practically everything around us is “obesogenic”. And is it any wonder? After all, we’ve given nature the cold shoulder in favor of chemistry and (apparent) progress.

Our homes are filled with packaged, refined, and processed foods that have little to no nutritional value and fuel our epidemic of weight gain and chronic diseases such as diabetes.

Having said that, you might be surprised to discover that the #1 worst food for weight gain is not something that fits the above description. In fact, it’s natural, largely unprocessed, and unfortunately touted as a health food.

Now, before we continue allow me to make the following disclaimer. In reality, high fructose corn syrup is the #1 worst food for weight gain. But by now, most everyone knows that donuts, twinkies, cakes, and other “foods” loaded with the stuff are nutritional land mines.

And that’s exactly the point. You’re aware of this and (hopefully) don’t make these an integral part of your daily diet. On the other hand, if all the “experts” are telling you to eat something because it’s good for you… well… as a health-conscious person you’re likely to follow suit. Not only that, but logic tells you that the more you eat of it, the better off you’ll be. And so you do.

That’s precisely why the food I’m alluding to is actually the #1 worst food for weight gain. And it’s none other than whole grains!

How can this be? Especially since we’ve been told how “heart healthy” whole grains are – lowering cholesterol and all that other supposed goodness?

Simple: whole grains are nothing but sugar combined with fiber. And while the latter does slow the absorption of the former – if you eat enough of it, you’re going to get fat.

A small but conclusive Harvard study clearly demonstrated this effect. In this experiment, 12 obese boys were given 3 different breakfasts to measure their effect on blood sugar levels and subsequent hunger. These meals had the same amount of calories. What differed, however, was macronutrient composition and GI score.

One group ate instant oatmeal, the other ate steel cut oatmeal, while the third ate a vegetable omelet. As expected, the first two breakfasts sent insulin levels through the roof (as a general rule, insulin spikes make you fat over the long haul).

And while the steel cut oatmeal produced a lower insulin response than the instant one, it faired much worse than the omelet. Not only that, but 5 hours after breakfast, the oatmeal eaters were 65% hungrier than the omelet eaters.

But it gets worse…

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The boys were fed the same exact meals for lunch and were then allowed to snack as much as they wanted. What do you think happened? The first group ended up eating 81% more calories while the second ate 21% more calories than the third, omelet eating group.

In short, “heart-heathy” whole grains cause wild blood sugar swings that result in a ravenous appetite and eventual overeating. There’s nothing good about them (unless you’re a bird).

Now, before we wrap up, please make note of the following…

You’ll find plenty of literature that suggests adding whole grains into your diet will improve blood sugar control. In fact, they’re actually recommended to diabetics. And you know what? They can actually better blood sugar to some degree as shown in studies.

But here’s the kicker…

Consider the baseline. In other words, what where these people eating prior to switching to a diet full of whole grains in the experiment? If you eat junk food and your hormones are out of whack, “cleaning up” – even with “heart-healthy” whole grains – will show an improvement. But that doesn’t mean there’s not a better way to go about things.

So, in conclusion don’t believe the hype about grains. You want fiber and other nutrients the experts claim they’re good for? Here’s a suggestion: eat your veggies. The latter trump grains on every front and will keep you healthy and fit far better than “bird seed” ever could.

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Comments (44)


    my hubbie,
    just found out he has diabeaties so now we have to change reguler eating habbits .and we cut all white breads to 100%whole wheatadded friuts and some far wiyh just what i have read there is a few mistakes we are already making.and very shocking to see that some of the changes we made thinking it was best could be harmful.very interesting.can not wait to see the rest.not to mentchionthe coast of eating better is out rageious and unafordabel..


    As a daily oatmeal with cinnamon, brown sugar, raisans, blueberries and fat free milk for breakfast I was of course
    surprised at this article. So what do you suggest for breakfast?

  3. Brian Nolan

    I have eaten porridge for breakfast for years hoping it will lower my cholestrol,now i find it is fattening,i don’t know what else to eat for breakfast.As i live in Ireland a lot of the the foreign sounding food names are alien to this part of the world,please advise,thank you.

    • Hi Brian,

      We recommend eating a full breakfast and that could easily consist of any egg dishes such as scrambled eggs, to a hard boiled egg, as well as meats such as bacon or sausage. Just make sure you do not get the sweet-flavored varieties such as maple or any glazed varieties.

  4. Trudi-Anne Simon

    Always thought that oatmeal was a great breakfast to have, with a delayed time release of energy, it was suppose to make you feel less hungry so that you can make it until lunch time.

  5. Monta E Lindsasy

    He suggests a omelet and bacon. I have been eating this the past few days and it really does fill me up and I am not as hungry during the day.

  6. Bob

    To Donald with the great tasting oatmeal. Raisin are very high in sugar. Now you add brown sugarand milk and you kinda defeat the healthy eating. Frozen fruit maintains its qualities and most are without added sugar. I have oatmeal, frozen fruit, cinnamon made with water and one small package of Stevia.

  7. Kristine Kimble

    Can I eat plain greek yogurt?

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  13. Greg Britton

    What about cheese in the nutritional make up?

    • Hi Greg,

      Dairy is a grey area. Many people are affected by it while others eat it and still get results.

      You just have to try it out for yourself. If you eat dairy products and are still seeing results, no need to cut it out. If you don’t get the results you are looking for, cut out the dairy for a few weeks and see if that was affecting you.

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  16. Greg Schaffner

    What is the impact of alcohol on this diet program? Is any amount recommended? Wine? Spirts? Beer?

    • Hi Greg,

      As you probably know, alcohol contains empty calories. In other words, all of these calories contribute to weight gain and can not be used to satisfy hunger or give you energy. In addition, the bigger problem is that alcohol makes us “munchy” – causing us to crave snacks, and oftentimes, the worst kind of snacks.

      That said, one or two drinks per day is absolutely fine. However, stick to hard liquor instead of beer and choose soda or club water instead of juice for cocktails. Wine is also a great choice if you stick to dry ones without sugar.

  17. Brenda Lewis

    Since whole grain bread isn’t good. What bread is recommended to use for sandwiches?

    • Hi Brenda,

      Ezekiel bread can be found in the frozen foods section of almost any grocery store. Ezekiel bread is the best kind of bread you can have as it is made from sprouted grains.

      You can have it from time to time and not count it as a cheat meal. I would wait until phase II to have it.

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  19. Carlo Fuentes

    Dang. I’ve been alternating between steel cut oats pinole, and soaked oats with other grains and seeds for daily breakfasts with many supposed cheat murals o.j. weekends off omelettes with veggies. This means I need to switch it 180 degrees. This is tough to intellectualize.

  20. Carlo Fuentes

    Dang. I’ve been alternating between steel cut oats, pinole, and soaked oats with other grains and seeds for daily breakfasts with my supposed cheat meals on weekends of omelettes with veggies. This means I need to switch it 180 degrees. This is tough to intellectualize.

  21. Mary Ann Langella

    Hi James,
    Since I shouldn’t have ketchup is hot sauce ok to add to my eggs. It doesn’t contain any sugar. Also what about coffee?
    I really need my coffee in the morning. I have switched to Stevia but I like a little low fat milk in my coffee.
    Is that ok?

    Mary Ann

  22. Nancy Annis

    What about melon

    • Nik Takano

      Hi Nancy,

      We recommend only having 1-2 fruits a day maximum. Good fruits to have are hard, crunchy with lots of chewing, and sour such as grapefruit, apples, hard pears, any type of berries.

  23. Janet McCloskey

    I just bought CCD plan! I use half n half (cream) in my coffee every morning, no sugar. Is this ok to use real cream ?
    Thanks for the blog and I will keep reading!!

    • Nik Takano

      Hi Janet,

      Dairy is a gray area. Many people are affected by it while others eat it and still get results.

      You just have to try it out for yourself. If you eat dairy products and are still seeing results, no need to cut it out. If you don’t get the results you are looking for, cut out the dairy for a few weeks and see if that was affecting you.

  24. Jill Nuckolls

    Just getting started. Have ??? Why chicken legs instead of chicken breast? And why broil everything instead of grill? TIA.

  25. Jill Nuckolls

    Another question. I read that the eat out guide could only be viewed online. Where?

    • Hi Jill,

      The Dining Out Guide is 100% digital (i.e. nothing will arrive in the mail). Due to the nature of the content and the fact that it’s continuously being updated (e.g. over 20 new restaurants have just been added), only the Dining Out Guide is online.

      You can access your products at any time inside of your members area.

  26. Timothy Washington

    Is Quinoa ok to eat during this behavior modification?

    • Hi Timothy,

      We do not recommend quinoa. However, the program is very loose and even if you break a few rules, it will still work if you follow the program overall. If you really like it, you can have it from time to time and not count it as a cheat meal.

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