Some foods out there scream “healthy” and once it is in your mind that it is good for you, it is hard to think otherwise. Foods claim to be “low-fat” or “organic” and your mind thinks right away that these foods are good for you. Train yourself to stop and actually take a look at what is in these “healthy foods”
I am here to tell you that many of those foods are actually stopping your weight loss – I have avoided these and the differences have been very noticeable.
1. Sports Drinks
Not entirely sure why, but many people associate sports drink with being healthy since you drink them after or during an athletic game. But these drinks can have almost the same amount of sugar as a soda. Stick with electrolyte water if you need some extra support.
2. Whole Grain Cereal
Packed with sugar, which completely defeats the purpose of whole grain.
3. Diet Soda
No … just don’t do it. Avoid soda no matter what the case – just like the sports drinks.
4. Low-Fat Salad Dressing
Whenever I see “low-fat” on anything anymore, I am a skeptic. Sure, it might have less fat than the original kind of dressing but it still has much more fat than it should, causing your salad to become a calorie machine. I stick with oil and vinegar on my salads.
5. Fruit Cocktail
Sure, getting fruit into your diet is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. But fruit cocktail is not the way to do it. The pieces of fruit are drowned in sugar syrup. Instead, make your own fruit salad!
6. Egg Substitutes
There is absolutely no nutrition in these bad boys. For those vegans out there, yes it will give you the great egg taste but if you think that egg substitute takes out the “bad stuff” in eggs, you are mistaken. Stick to the real deal.
7. Veggie Straws
This should be #1 because I was the biggest culprit of this. You see something labeled “veggie” in the potato chip/snack aisle and you think “SCORE!” Well, these might as well be called potato chips, with their high salt content. Just avoid these and stick with real veggies.
8. Honey-Roasted Peanuts
Nuts are a great source of protein into your diet but adding any sort of coating or flavoring, especially honey roasted, just gets that added sugar into your daily diet where it doesn’t belong.
Same as the cereal in #2. Sure, it might have some nutritional value with the granola and nuts but the added sugar completely negates it in the long run weight loss scheme.
10. Veggie Pasta
The proclaimed veggie pasta is not much different from the original so it is best to just avoid the word pasta altogether in large portions, unless it is in my Hearty Chicken and Spinach Noodle Soup.
11. Dried Fruits
These nuggets of sweetness are just that: sugar! They take the fruit, dry them out and covered them in added sugar so of course you will keep going back for more!