If this delicious ring of dough is your breakfast of choice, you may be setting yourself up for an upward ascent on the bathroom scale. “Bagels cause weight gain because they’re very dense,” says Lisa Young, Ph.D., R.D., a nutritionist in New York City and author of The Portion Teller Plan
. One wheat bagel – without any toppings – is as high as 400 calories.
Want to eat healthier, but can't give up your daily bread? Try an English Muffin—they generally weigh in at about 120 calories, and are imminently toastable and toppable.