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Everyone knows that if you’re a drive-through regular and routinely polish off pints of ice cream you’re going to gain weight, but that’s not you. In fact, you rarely eat fried foods, and when you do eat dessert you limit yourself to a sensible portion. So why are your pants suddenly getting tighter?
The reasons why the pounds are piling on aren’t always quite as obvious as you might expect them to be. Here are 50 sneaky things you might not have considered that could be making you gain weight.
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Sure, they’re healthy—especially compared to refined grains. But you can have way too much of a good thing. “The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend you make half your grains whole, so ingredients such as whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and quinoa can all be part of meeting these recommendations. But these whole grains also contain a hefty number of calories if you eat too much,” says Toby Amidor, RDN, author of The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook. Two cups of cooked whole-wheat pasta, for instance, adds up to 400 calories. Try to limit yourself to a 1-cup serving (same goes for brown rice, quinoa, farro, and barley) and round out your meal with plenty of veggies and some lean protein. By the way, here are 50 things doctors wish you knew about losing weight.