We’ve all eaten “diet” foods while trying to lose weight, foods that are supposed to make it easier to cut food intake and stay faithful to our diets. Unfortunately, many of those foods end up causing us to gain weight, hindering our efforts to shed pounds.
Want to know which “diet” foods to avoid? Here is a list of a few of the fattening diet foods to stay away from:
1. Sugar-Free Treats
Just because there’s no sugar, that doesn’t mean these treats are healthy. Au contraire, mon frère! Instead of using sugar, these foods use sorbitol and other sugar alternatives. These alternatives can lead to bloating and indigestion. Plus, sugar-free treats often have a higher fat content, as the fat makes the treats tasty. If you HAVE to have a treat, try some graham crackers.
Most people see yoghurt as a healthy food option, and the sugar-free, full fat variety of yoghurt truly is one of the best things you can give your body. However, flavored yoghurt has A LOT of sugar per cup, not to mention artificial flavorings and other added ingredients. Unless you’re going to eat regular, plain yoghurt, it’s not worth it.
3. Veggie Chips
You’d think that chips made from veggies would be a healthy choice, but you’d be wrong! They’re as deep fried as their potato chip friends, meaning you get a whole lot of calories and trans fats in every handful. They may not have as many calories as potato chips, but they’re definitely not healthier. If you MUST eat chips, go for baked tortilla chips–they’re free of trans fats.
4. Trail Mix
Taking some trail mix on a 5-hour hike can be a good way to carry some quick and easy food, but it’s definitely not a good option for your diet. Trail mix usually contains dried fruit as well as nuts, and dried fruits are basically concentrated sugar. Banana chips are also fairly high in fat, and you almost ALWAYS end up eating more trail mix than you should. If you’re not going to make your own trail mix, don’t eat it!
Granola seems to be the healthiest breakfast option, particularly when compared to the sugary cereal and cornflakes on supermarket shelves. However, granola is often made with a lot of oil and sugar, making it almost LESS healthy than some cereals. Make your own granola at home, using a lot less oil and as little sugar as you can stand. Or, stick with oatmeal or bran flakes.
Smoothies are taking the country by storm, seeming to be a healthy alternative to regular meals. Throw fruit, yoghurt, milk, and other ingredients into a blender, and you have a tasty, sweet shake to fill you. Most smoothies sold in stores like Jamba Juice tend to be VERY high in calories, and contain little in the way of actual nutrition. Stay away from high calorie ingredients like yoghurt, ice cream, and peanut butter, and go for a juice-based smoothie as often as possible to keep calories low.
7. Fat-Free Salad Dressing
Did you know that your body NEEDS fat in order to absorb some of the nutrients you’re eating in your vegetables? Both lycopene (from tomatoes) and beta-carotene (from carrots) require fat, so eating fat-free dressing isn’t going to do your body any favors. Plus, fat-free dressings are LOADED with chemicals, and they’re almost worse for you than full-fat dressings. When eating salad, make your own salad dressings rather than choosing the store-bought option.
8. Diet Soda
Just say NO! Diet sodas are loaded with chemicals and sugars which will affect your blood sugar levels. Plus, you increase your risk of metabolic syndrome and cravings when you down soda.