Trying to eat healthy but aren’t seeing results? Many people go on a fat loss diet thinking they are doing everything right, but the unfortunate fact of the matter is they’re making key mistakes without realizing it.
Is the food you’re including in your diet plan really as healthy as you think? Or could it be misleading you?
Too often, this is the case.
Let’s look at 7 seemingly healthy foods that you may be eating right now that could in fact be sabotaging your results.
You eat your favorite strawberry yogurt each morning as your mid-morning snack. Topped with blueberries no less for added nutrition and fiber support. This is a safe bet, right?
Probably not. Take a look at the yogurt you are eating and see how much added sugar is in there. Chances are, it’s anywhere from 10-20 grams. Yogurt, especially fruit flavored yogurt, is often loaded with sugar and will only lead to plenty of unwanted calories in your day.
Instead, opt for plain Greek yogurt. This variety contains more protein and doesn’t have any added sugars over the natural milk sugar in the product.
Do you sit down to a bowl of granola to start each day, thinking you’re getting a healthy breakfast filled with plenty of wholesome grains? You aren’t alone. Most people think this way about granola based cereal.
Once again, check the sugar content. Granola is often code word for ‘high sugar’ when it comes to breakfast cereals.
Not to mention, the calorie content listed on the box is typically for a very small portion (a quarter to a third of a cup) and most people are easily eating one cup when they sit down to it.
This means the actual nutrition that you’re taking is tripled. It’s quite possible that your morning cereal bowl once milk has been added contains at least 400 calories and over 20 grams of sugar. The fat may be quite high as well.
If you want cereal, opt for plain cooked oatmeal with a bit of cinnamon. It’s one grain that you can trust.
100% Pure Fruit Juice
Whatever you do, do not get caught up in the fruit juice trap. It’s made from 100% pure fruit – and even contains the pulp. Therefore, it must be healthy.
The problem with fruit juice is not only is very calorie dense (one cup of juice is often the equivalent of three whole oranges), but it’s lacking the dietary fiber that you would get from eating whole fresh fruit.
If you want fruit, just go for the real deal. It’s higher in nutrition, lower in calories, and much more diet friendly.
Most people don’t register liquid calories like they do whole food calories either, so it’s unlikely that fruit juice is going to provide any satiety benefits.
Moving along, next we come to protein smoothies. If you purchase a protein smoothie from your local smoothie bar thinking this is a smart option, you need to reconsider this as well.
Most purchased smoothies contain up to 400 calories each and are loaded with fruit juice, frozen yogurt, and other ingredients that just aren’t that healthy for you at all.
Instead, prepare your own protein smoothie. This way you can ensure you know what you’re putting in it and that it’s a healthy option to keep your diet on track.
Make your own with a scoop of protein powder, some unsweetened almond milk, some frozen berries, and some xanthan gum if you really want to make it thick and creamy like a milkshake.
This can easily be had for under 200 calories, which will fit in any smart diet plan.
Salad dressings are the next thing that you need to be on the lookout for. While there are many that state that they are fat free or lower in calories (and they are), the problem is that these salad dressings contain a number of filler ingredients and many may be quite high in sugar as well.
And while they may only have 30 calories or so per tablespoon, if you drizzle on 3 tablespoons to get the taste intensity you’re after, this can still add up.
100 calories extra drizzled on with salad dressing that you don’t count as part of your daily total could mean that you are losing one less pound of fat each and every month.
If you have more than one salad a day, that will only be amplified.
Fat free snacks tend to be extremely popular among dieters who still have come to believe that eating fat equals fat gain.
Remember, this isn’t always the case. In fact, a fat free snack could put you at a higher risk of fat gain than a higher fat one would.
First, when the fat is removed, sugar is often added. Taste has to come from somewhere and in order to not taste like cardboard, they’ve added sugar to the mix.
This causes a rapid blood glucose spike followed by the release of a high dose of insulin. That in turn can lead to rapid storage of body fat.
What’s worse is that after this takes place, you experience a blood glucose crash and next thing you know, you’re back looking for more sugar rich food.
It’s an ongoing cycle that can be hard to get off, so could put any dieter at a serious risk of weight gain.
Don’t think that fat-free means health. Most often, these snacks are also very devoid of good nutrition, so they’re anything but healthy options.
Frozen Dinner Meals
Finally, the last of the marketed healthy options that aren’t really healthy at all are frozen dinner meals. While these may be portion controlled and only contain 300 calories or so, the problem is most are lacking enough protein to actually be considered a meal and most are also lacking in vegetable and fiber content as well.
Often you’ll find pasta-based dishes, meaning you’ll be getting a lot of simple carbohydrates as well.
All in all, this spells disaster for anyone who is hoping to eat right. These dinner meals won’t fill you up and you’ll be in the kitchen reaching for a snack an hour after you eat them.
It’s not that hard to prepare a fast and easy meal in under 10 minutes at home that will satisfy your hunger, so don’t take the short-cut with these.
So there you have the top 7 seemingly healthy foods that could be sabotaging your results. Are any of these in the picture in your diet plan?