Fries are the devil

It should come as no surprise that recent studies at Harvard have targeted french fries and potato chips as fattening foods. The numbers, however, are a bit sobering. A serving of potato chips every day for four years will add over 1.5 pounds to your waistline. Do the same with french fries, and you've gained an extra three pounds. (This bit of news in particular makes me want to cry.) Meanwhile, whole grains, fruit, nuts, and yogurt will all help you lose weight.

More so than ever, it appears that what happens in the kitchen has more impact than what happens in the gym. "Diet and exercise are important for preventing weight gain, but diet clearly plays a bigger role," said one of the leaders of the study.

Other factors that were found to contribute to weight gain: watching TV, sleeping too much, sleeping too little, and booze (woe is me!).

Thanks to Dave for the heads-up.