Food & Nutrition

10 Vegetables That Are Secretly Making You Gain Weight

Not all vegetables are created equal when it comes to keeping your weight where you want it. Find out whether some of your favorites are messing with your diet goals.

White potatoes

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Potatoes are among the most versatile vegetables you can eat. You can serve them mashed, as French fries, as salty chips, and baked. Sure, potatoes are tasty, but this is one vegetable you do not want to overeat, especially when you’re probably eating them in one of their many altered forms with plenty of toppings (hello, loaded mashed potatoes with bacon!). These starchy vegetables can make you put on the pounds. Here are 20 other foods that are seriously not worth the calories

Sweet potatoes

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If you got on the sweet potato bandwagon to avoid eating white potatoes, you may want to start reconsidering how many sweet potatoes you eat. They are still very high in calories and carbohydrates and can lead to weight gain, especially if you eat more calories than you burn.


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There has been much confusion about what is a yam and what is a sweet potato, but they’re not members of the same botanical family. Even with their distinct differences, neither vegetable is great if you’re trying to lose weight, because of their calorie count. According to Mascha Davis, a registered dietitian nutritionist with a master’s degree in public health, vegetables high in calories and sugar “will act like other high-caloric foods if overeaten; it will be stored [and] lead to weight gain.”



If you think munching away on carrots like a bunny will help you lose weight fast, think again. Davis says that because of their sugar content, carrots are among the vegetables that are likely to make you gain weight if you eat excessive amounts. The sugar in carrots is sucrose, which is what you would buy at the grocery store, so always eat these orange veggies in moderation.

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