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“Diet” Foods That Can Make You Gain Weight

The facts and myths
  1. Sushi: Fish wrapped in rice and seaweed. Not a diet food? Yep, that’s right. It’s not always as light as it seems. Some sushi has calorie levels so high it might just shock you.Diet shocker: One eight-piece serving of Philadelphia sushi roll is the caloric equivalent of 1 medium bagel with plain cream cheese, close to 500 calories. It’s the cream cheese that gets you. And what about spicy tuna and other mayo-based rolls? They can contain as many as 450 calories and 11 grams of artery-clogging fat per serving. Eat too many of the “wrong” rolls and you’re in Big Mac calorie territory.
  2. Wraps: You order the whole-wheat veggie wrap thinking it’ll put you on the skinny track. But is it actually the fat track? For some reason, wraps have been viewed as a healthy upgrade from a sandwich, but this isn’t always the case.Diet shocker: The tortilla holding your wrap together can easily contain the same number of calories as four slices of bread, not to mention more carbs and twice as much fat. Many kinds of wraps you get at a deli have at least 300 calories. And that’s just the tortilla, not the contents. You also have to factor in the fillings and keep in mind that a warp has more surface space to spread these calorie-boosting culprits: Dressing, cheese, and mayo!
  3. Granola: When you’re having granola, you might think, “it’s healthy. The fiber and all those little pieces of dried fruit are so good for me.” Truth is, although it’s got good stuff in it. It also packs in the calories.Diet shocker: A half-cup is what’s often listed on the nutrition label of prepared granola. But who eats just half a cup? For most brands, there are more than 400 calories in a one-cup serving of granola. And when’s the last time you actually measured? If you keep filing your cereal bowl with this stuff, its no wonder you’re not losing.
  4. Dried Fruit: The more fruit you eat the better, right? Not when it comes to the dried stuff.Diet shocker: You could boost your calorie count as much as four times by choosing to eat the dried version of a fruit rather than its fresh counterpart. Check out these comparisons based on a 100 gram (about 1 cup) serving:
    Fruit (about 1 cup) Fresh Dried
    Grapes 70 calories (Raisins) 300 calories
    Apricots 50 calories 240 calories
    Bananas 90 calories (Banana chips) 350 calories
    Plums 45 calories (Prunes) 230 calories

– From BeachBody.com