If you’re trying to lose weight, one of the things you’ll obviously have to change is your diet. And if you look up weight loss tips on the internet, most of the suggestions have to do with replacing certain food items in your diet with other “healthier” snacks. But the thing is, most of these “healthy” snacks will not only wreck your diet and your appetite, they will also lead to weight gain! So what are these misleading diet foods that won’t help you lose weight? Below are some of them.
Most yogurts have the words “all-natural” or “fat-free” slapped onto their packaging, making people think that all yogurt products are “healthy,” even though they don’t actually know what these nutrition labels mean! What makes yogurts even more popular is that they come in convenient servings that you can just grab from the refrigerator if you’re in a rush and you have no time to cook.
Plain unsweetened and unflavored yogurt is good for your body, because it contains proteins that will stop you from snacking until your next meal. Aside from that, yogurt comes from milk so it has nutrients like calcium, vitamin B complex, and potassium.
However, you have to watch out for flavored yogurts! Flavored yogurts are often chock-full of artificial sweeteners and sugar. You may think it’s healthier because it contains fruit, but flavored yogurts contain fruit puree instead of whole fruit. This means you don’t get many of the health benefits from the real fruit! AND there is usually extra sugar added to the fruit.
Granola has a reputation as a “healthy person’s cereal,” a reputation reinforced by countless granola bar commercials. Sure, it’s true that granola oats are rich in fiber and iron, and granola nuts have heart-healthy fats and protein. This is why most people add granola to their yogurt, or eat it with skim milk, for a “healthy” meal.
But what they don’t tell you is that granola can be very high in calories! Store-bought granola is even worse, because those are usually full of sugar and trans fats. What you have to do is check the ingredient list for innocent-sounding sugar and oil sources. And make sure to keep those portion sizes small! A typical portion size for granola is 1/4 cup! And I know many of us do not stop at 1/4 of a cup because that is a tiny portion. But eat as much as 1 cup and you’re going to be consuming AT LEAST 500 calories. Yikes!
You may think that eating muffins isn’t cheating your diet plan, because at least you’re not eating cupcakes, right? But did you know that cupcakes are actually healthier than your beloved muffins? It’s true, the average shop muffin has over 455 calories because they’re filled with processed sugars and processed fats! OH.EM.GEE!!! And if you think switching to bran muffins is going to help, then you’re kidding yourself. It’s time to skip the muffin! Sorry, muffins. 🙁
Fast food salads
Even if they’re made with leafy green vegetables, not every salad is good for you! The worst salads are those found in fast food chains [and many regular restaurants too, so beware!], which have been revealed to contain more calories, fat, sugar, and carbs than their burgers! Instead of ordering at a fast food, try whipping up a salad by yourself. Drop the dressing, the meat, and the cheese and you’ll have yourself a true health food! I am telling no lies when I tell you that one of my past favorite restaurant salads had over 1,200 calories and 80 grams of fat. I almost died of shock!