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  • Rebecca Washuta

Sneaky Ingredients That Cause Weight Gain

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

Managing your weight is something most people struggle with. There is a lot of misinformation in the nutrition and weight loss space (mainly coming from people who are unqualified and don't have the right credentials). That's why even when you think you're doing everything right, you may not be seeing results. These are the top two sneaky ingredients I tell my clients to avoid if they're trying to lose weight.


Agave is often touted as a health food but I advise my clients to steer clear of it whenever possible. Agave has approximately 80% fructose (for reference high fructose corn syrup has 55% fructose)! Fructose is processed differently in the body than glucose, which leads to weight gain and can even cause fatty liver disease. I recommend opting for other natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.

Seed Oils

Packaged foods are loaded with seed oils (sunflower, corn, canola, etc.). While these oils may sound harmless, they are high in Omega 6 fatty acids which can cause inflammation in the body. Inflammation can cause your body to become resistant to hormones like leptin and insulin which drives weight gain. It’s hard to avoid seed oils if you’re eating processed foods, so I recommend focusing on whole foods and satisfying meals (because snacks are typically when we reach for packaged foods).


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