At least 45 million people in the US alone are on a diet, and you’re one of them. You want to lose weight, so you exercise and eat right. You limit fatty, high calorie foods, sacrifice on flavor, and eat everything that is labeled “diet-friendly”. But in your fight against the flab, are you your worst enemy?
Even if you think you’re eating healthy, your food choices may be sabotaging your efforts. You may be packing on the pounds just by eating things that are supposedly “healthy”. That’s why approximately 65% of dieters regain the weight they’ve lost, according to doctors at the University of Pennsylvania. And one reason why is poor food choices — that you may be making.
You’ll be seriously disappointed when you see these top 20 “health” foods that you’re eating. No wonder you’re not losing weight, and even gaining some!
Yogurt is constantly touted as a diet food, but beware — flavored varieties are packed full of refined sugar and natural or artificial flavorings.
The healthy choice: If you must eat yogurt, stick to the plain Greek kind and add a touch of honey or fresh fruit for sweetness.
19. VEGGIE BURGERS
Looking for a meat substitute for your next barbecue? Better not buy those processed veggie burgers in the frozen food aisle. Even though they may have less saturated fat than regular beef burgers, the sodium content is astronomical, reaching over 1,000mg. That’s almost half of the daily recommended allowance!
The healthy choice: Make your own veggie burgers, mixing firm tofu with your choice of finely minced vegetables. A huge portobello mushroom also makes a great “patty”.
There’s nothing more refreshing than a smoothie. But did you know that this little treat can spike your sugar levels, making you crash and burn after a short burst of energy? Not only can this be emotionally draining, it can also make you crave more hyper-sweet junk that will the pounds.
The healthy choice: Opt for smoothies that are more vegetable than fruit, or make your own with limited added sweeteners!
17. SKIM MILK
A 2013 study in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care reports that middle-aged and older adults who frequently ate full-fat butter, milk, and cream actually had lower obesity rates than those who opted for the low-fat varieties. It’s all about how you feel after you consume milk; full-fat makes you feel satisfied for a longer time, so you won’t drink more. Skim milk just isn’t as satisfying!
16. WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
Inflammation, blood sugar spikes, constipation, diabetes, and so much more…bread has been associated with so many health problems that it’s surprising people still eat it. (Hopefully, you’re still not eating that industrial style white bread, which Harvard Health reports can spike blood sugar faster than many candy bars!)
The healthy choice: You can still eat bread if you must, but choose something that contains sprouted grains, dark rye or sourdough. All of these can increase nutritional value.
15. BURRITOS OR BREAKFAST TACOS
Burritos or tacos, whatever you call them, they both do the same thing—pack on the pounds. You might think it’s all healthy considering all of those fresh vegetables, but beware the flour tortilla. You may not know it, but it’s full of flour and sugar that your body quickly converts to fat. Yikes!
The healthy choice: Deconstruct your burrito and put it in a bowl.
When you have cereal in the morning for breakfast, you’re basically pouring yourself a bowl full of refined sugar. Don’t be fooled by the label if it screams “healthy” and “whole grain”, because you’re still eating sugar.
The healthy choice: Oatmeal with a touch of honey.
13. SALAD DRESSINGS
Vegetables can be so boring naked. That’s why you always dress your salad up with loads of dressing. Sure, you’re getting the health benefits of the vegetables, but you may be negating them with that high-fat, sugar-loaded, artificially flavored dressing. Don’t be your worst enemy.
The healthy choice: Skip the dressing or choose a light olive oil, apple cider vinegar and salt combination instead. Your waistline will thank you.
No, it doesn’t count as a vegetable. Ketchup is really just a sugar laden dessert that’s masquerading around as a condiment. Don’t be fooled!
The healthy choice: Hot sauce, pesto or if you want something a bit sweet, try a tad of honey mustard.
It’s fast, easy and filling, but oh-so-bad for your body. Avoid buying canned and boxed soup because they’re full of sodium and sugar. Your body doesn’t deserve that. Make your own soup from fresh ingredients.
The healthy choice: Make your own and freeze individual portions to enjoy later if you’ve made too much.
Did you know that apples naturally have a high sugar content? It’s natural sugars, but then applesauce manufacturers add even more sugar that is refined. Geez, that’s totally unnecessary!
The healthy choice: Unsweetened applesauce or eat a whole apple instead!
Nothing’s better than a good omelette for breakfast. What could be unhealthy about it, considering it’s got essential protein and fats? But it’s what you add to it that’s not so diet-friendly. If you’re adding ham, potatoes and dairy products that are made from modified milk ingredients, then you’ve got a problem.
The healthy choice: Stick to fresh veggies and herbs to flavor your omelette.
8. ENERGY BARS
Here’s another “health” food that has massive loads of sugar. Where do you think that energy comes from? If you’re a pro athlete, then go right ahead, but if you’re not training for a marathon or the Olympics, then avoid these at all costs.
The healthy choice: Eat fruit or nuts without added flavors.
7. ICED TEA
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that the maximum amount of added sugars that should be consumed in one day are 37.5 grams for men and 25 grams for women. One serving of store-bought iced tea contains about 24grams. As a woman, that’s almost your entire daily allowance.
The healthy choice: Make your own or get it unsweetened.
Wraps are touted as the healthy alternative to regular ol’ sandwiches, but they’re not as innocent as you think. The wrap itself is still made from flour and sugar, which can be a no-no for diabetics.
The healthy choice: Choose a tortilla or flatbread made from non-gmo corn or sprouted grain.
5. GLUTEN FREE FOODS
More and more people are becoming gluten intolerant or developing celiac disease, which explains why there are so many more gluten free products available at the supermarket. Unfortunately, these foods often found at health food stores may not be as pure as you think. Many are loaded with artificial flavors and colors, refined sugars and other nasty stuff that will jeopardize your health.
The healthy choice: Read the label first!
4. TRAIL MIX
Nuts, dried fruit, and seeds — what’s so unhealthy about that? Well, throw in some chocolate, candies, pretzels and artificial flavors or colors, and you’ve got yourself a fine mess that your body won’t be able to sort out.
The healthy choice: Make your own or skip the ones with added candy and sugar.
Chocolate is filled with anti-oxidants that help fight damage caused by free radicals. But that’s only if you eat the high quality stuff. Buy low-quality milk chocolate that’s filled with sugar, and you aren’t doing your body any good.
The healthy choice: Dark chocolate, with a 70%-80% cocoa content and less sugar. Or, chomp on cacao nibs instead.
Fruit has tons of hidden sugars. While it’s still natural, your body doesn’t know the difference! Of course you should still eat fruit as part of a healthy diet, but don’t go overboard with it.
The healthy choice: It’s all about moderation. Enjoy in limited quantities.
1. DRIED FRUIT
It’s only fruit, right? WRONG! Dried fruit is stripped of many of the vitamins and nutrients that are in their un-dried counterparts, but carries ALL the sugar that naturally occurs in it. Many store-bought varieties also have added white sugar! That means you’re getting twice the sugar!
The healthy choice: Skip dried and eat fresh.
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