Are Bagels Good for Weight Gain? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Bagels are bad for obesity. Because they have refined carbohydrates and added sugars and they can increase your calorie intake, blood sugar levels, and fat storage.

Obesity is a condition that affects your body weight and fat distribution.

In obesity, your body stores excess fat, especially around your waist and organs.

This can lead to various health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.

One of the key factors in managing obesity is diet.

What you consume can affect your calorie intake, which can impact your obesity symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage obesity, you should consume fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and avoid sugar-rich foods like sodas, candies, and pastries.

Now, bagels are round breads that are boiled and baked.

People usually eat them for breakfast or lunch, often with toppings like cream cheese, butter, or jam.

Bagels are bad for obesity because they contain refined carbohydrates and added sugars.

Refined carbohydrates are quickly digested and absorbed, causing spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels.

Added sugars provide extra calories without any nutrients.

These factors can contribute to weight gain and metabolic disorders.

One medium-sized plain bagel can give you 289 calories, 56 grams of carbs (19% of your daily needs), 11 grams of sugar (22% of your daily needs), and only 3 grams of fiber (11% of your daily needs).

Carbohydrates can negatively affect obesity by increasing your appetite and cravings, reducing your fat burning, and promoting fat storage.

Sugars can negatively affect obesity by raising your blood sugar and insulin levels, triggering inflammation, and damaging your liver.

Fiber can positively affect obesity by slowing down your digestion, making you feel full, and lowering your cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Furthermore, bagels are a processed food and processed foods are bad for obesity.

Because, they are often high in calories, low in nutrients, and contain artificial additives that can harm your health.

That’s why I suggest you limit your bagel intake to prevent further weight gain and health complications.

Stick to one small bagel (about 3 inches in diameter) or half of a large bagel (about 4 inches in diameter) once in a while, and choose whole wheat or whole grain varieties over white ones.

Also, opt for healthier toppings like low-fat cream cheese, peanut butter, or fresh fruit instead of butter, jam, or chocolate spread.

Also, you shouldn’t eat bagels if you have diabetes or prediabetes to prevent high blood sugar and insulin resistance.

Because, bagels have a high glycemic index, which means they can raise your blood sugar levels quickly and significantly.

You can buy fresh bagels in your local bakery or can order them from online.

Always choose bagels that are made with whole ingredients and have no added sugars or preservatives.

Because, they are more nutritious and less harmful than bagels that are made with refined flour and have high fructose corn syrup or other sweeteners.

You can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing obesity effectively.

I always recommend my obesity patients to follow a low-carb, high-fiber diet to improve their weight loss, blood sugar control, and cardiovascular health.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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