5 Worst Food Pairings for Weight Loss

A dysfunctional digestive system can damage your stomach lining and cause weight gain owing to calorie mismanagement. One unhealthy dietary combo is bananas and milk.

Bananas and milk

The Ayurveda Institute says "both of these foods have a sweet taste and a cooling energy, their post-digestive effect is very different." According to institute researchers, this combination can produce "confusion to the digestive system, which can result in toxins, allergies, and other imbalances within the body."

This popular breakfast staple may not be as good as you believe. Combining two carbs increases your risk of overeating one nutrient and losing out on vital nutrients.

Toast with jam

Toast with jam is carb-heavy. Manaker recommends adding nut butter for protein and healthy fats. She says overeating processed, calorie-dense carbs can raise blood sugar (glucose). Too many carbohydrates might cause weight gain because your body converts extra glucose into fat.

Though heartbreaking, consuming chips and salsa may set back your weight reduction efforts. "I advise against eating foods that don't have a balance of the aforementioned core nutrients (fiber, fat, and protein)," adds Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CDN, another registered dietitian, NY Nutrition Group CEO, and author of The essential 3 Healthy consuming Plan

Chips and salsa

The chips and salsa meal combo is heavy in salt and lacks healthy fats or protein to fill the body, which can contribute to overeating and weight gain. Moskovitz thinks that eating too many calories, especially carbohydrates and sweets, might cause weight gain. Instead, dip low-sodium tortilla chips in guacamole for a balanced meal of healthy fats and complex carbohydrates and increased satiety.

A food that warms us but hinders weight loss. "Most canned tomato soups are surprisingly high in sugar, thanks to added high fructose corn syrup, and grilled cheese is high in fat and carbs but low in protein," stated Medifast certified dietitian Jennifer Christman in Woman's Day.

Grilled cheese and tomato soup

The high salt content of the grilled cheese and tomato soup doesn't help either. Besides weight gain, high-sodium diets can cause high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease, according to Harvard Health.

Research suggests oatmeal is a top weight-loss option. But "eating oatmeal and dried fruit alone will offer some fiber, but very little protein and fat." Moskovitz says "this combo can also increase blood sugar and spike insulin, a potentially fat-storing hormone."

Oatmeal and dried fruit

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