In our efforts to lose weight, we all start educating ourselves about which foods are good for us, and which foods are bad. But, the facts aren’t always presented in a way that makes sense to everyone. Because of this, many people end up sabotaging their weight loss progress by eating too much, and begin getting frustrated with their less-than-stellar results. The following are 10 “healthy” foods that can ruin your diet:
1. Baked Potato Chips
Baked potato chips are healthier for you because they are lower in unsaturated fat, but they are not calorie free. Be sure to check the labels here, because although the oil process is eliminated, it doesn’t shave off that many calories, nor does it reduce the sodium content (salt).
2. Fat Free Foods
Fat free foods may be free of any measurable amount of fat, however, it does not mean they are calorie free. Many people began to gain weight when the industry began advertising certain foods as “fat free,” mainly because they often still contained a significant number of carbohydrate calories, with a high sugar content being a big part of that.
3. “Sugar Free” Treats
Okay, so you’ve caught on to the “fat free” trick, but the “sugar free” varieties may be just as detrimental to your diet. “Sugar free” foods are noted most often on foods that are still sweet – which only means they are using artificial sweeteners instead. Artificial sweeteners trick the brain into thinking it is getting regular sugar, and your body reacts to the sweetness by increasing cravings and it can even inhibit metabolism. “Sugar free” – even in low-calorie foods – doesn’t always mean “healthy.”
Avocados have been touted as one of nature’s best foods, and one that is particularly helpful in getting rid of belly fat. This led to a bunch of people adding avocado into their diet. Rich in “good fat,” fiber, potassium, and vitamins B6, C, E, and K, avocados do everything nutritionists and doctors say they do – but they also have a lot of calories. One medium avocado contains approximately 250 calories, so adding half an avocado to your sandwich is adding 125 calories on top of what you are already eating. So, before you go adding that avocado to your sandwich to help you burn your belly fat, you need to add the calories in as well and make adjustments to your daily intake.
5. Energy Bars (over 200 calories)
Energy bars (or protein bars) are often misunderstood as to the role they play in a healthy diet. Lower calorie bars are just fine, but the “energy” higher calorie bars provide has to come from somewhere, and it does – it comes from calories. Stick to energy bars under 200 calories and you will be much better off.
6. Energy Drinks
Energy drinks are great for a quick pick me up and to give a temporary boost to your metabolism, but not all drinks are the same. Some contain up to 300 calories. Stick to the low or no calorie versions if you just have to have one. Otherwise, your weight loss efforts will take a huge hit.
7. Health Nut and Bran Muffins
Bran gives you a lot of fiber and health-nut type muffins appeal to those looking to nuts for a little natural fat, but these muffins still can contain a lot of saturated fat, and sugar, too. Just because it doesn’t contain chocolate or sweetened fruit doesn’t mean it’s healthy.
Nuts are great for obtaining good fat and filling up on healthy protein, but like most other foods that contain fat or oil, they are also high in calories. Just one single raw almond contains 7 calories, so taking a single handful of only 20 raw nuts is going to run you 140 calories. This is one food that you have to pre-portion your snacks, or your healthy snack will quickly become a weight-gain catalyst.
9. High Protein Meats
High protein diets are good for you, right? Yes, at least as long as it’s the right protein. For instance, chicken breast contains only 35 calories per ounce, and it is very low in fat. A beef ribeye steak, however, may contain up to 100 calories or more per ounce. So, an eight ounce steak can run you up 800 calories or more, and any benefit you get from the natural iron and protein you consume may not be worth it unless you are watching your portion size.
10. Olive Oil
Olive oil is said to be one of the overall healthiest foods for your body. It is full oleic acid, which research has proven is necessary for balancing the cholesterol (both LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol) in your body. The problem is, it’s still an oil and it still is a high-calorie food source, so you have to consider the calories and don’t over do it.
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