We all know that there are foods that are good for you, and then there are foods that are just plain bad for you. We mostly try to stick with the good, healthy foods and avoid the bad foods, but the truth is that too much of a good thing can actually be BAD for you!
Here are a few of the foods you DON’T want to overdo it on:
Fruit starts off the list simply because it’s a high sugar food. While some of the foods listed below can cause health problems, fruit really only causes problems in terms of your calorie consumption. Fruits tend to be fairly high in sugar, especially when you compare them to vegetables. A single serving of fruit contains up to 10 times as many calories as a single serving of veggies, so overdoing it on the fruit may cause you to eat WAY more calories than you’d like.
What does it mean to “overdo” it on fruit? A healthy diet contains about 2 to 3 portions of fruit per day MAX, so be sure to keep your fruit consumption within healthy limits.
It may seem odd that water is on this list, but the truth is that you really CAN overdo it on water. We all make an effort to drink MORE water in order to stave off dehydration while working out, but your body can only handle so much water at once. Drinking between 3 and 5 liters per day (depending on your body size) is the best way to ensure you don’t drink too much water or too little.
What happens if you overdo it? Overconsumption of water tends to dilute the electrolytes in your body, and it places a strain on your organs. In some cases, drinking too much water can even be fatal.
I know I couldn’t get through the day without a glass of milk, especially when I was growing during my teenage years. I like to think that milk is what contributed to my 6′ 6″ height, though studies have found that milk may not be all that useful for growth. What it is useful for, however, is providing your body with plenty of calcium and protein.
Overdoing it on milk, however, can cause you to consume WAY too much calcium. Calcium blocks the absorption of iron in your body, which can lead to your becoming anemic. Milk can also be fairly high in fat and calories, so it’s important to limit yourself to a glass or two of milk per day.
If you spend a lot of time at the gym or in the Yoga studio, no doubt you’ve seen the multitude of aloe-based drinks being sold. They’re becoming hugely popular, mainly because they aid in weight loss, boost your immune system, and improve your digestive system.
However, drinking too much aloe vera can cause a very negative reaction, including spasms, cramps, and even elimination of calcium. It can lead to improper absorption of vital nutrients, a loss of protein, imbalances in your electrolyte levels, and even place a strain on your kidneys.
Who doesn’t love a good snack of nuts during or after your workout? It’s a great way to give yourself a little energy boost, and it can keep you going for much longer.
Unfortunately, nuts are high in both calories and fats. Too many nuts, and you’re actually detracting from your weight loss. It’s important to keep nuts to a strict limit–just a handful at a time–and not overdo it. Excessive nut consumption can lead to some serious weight gain!