It’s so difficult to make healthier choices – whether you’re looking to lose weight or just live longer. With sugar lurking around every corner and temptation staring you in the face every single day, it can be stressful trying to stay on track.
Even foods that SEEM healthy can cause problems. These sneaky “diet destroyers” may be limiting your ability to stay healthy and lose weight.
Check out this list of 20 foods that are secretly sabotaging your diet and make sure you aren’t falling prey. Find out if you’re exercising your butt off only to have these foods set you back?
Although it contains healthy bacteria for a healthy gut, most yogurts are full of added sugar and flavorings. Plain Greek yogurt is best and can be substituted for many less healthy ingredients in recipes.
NEXT: THE VEGGIE YOU DON’T WANT
19. VEGGIE BURGERS
Processed veggie burgers in the frozen food aisle are a no-no. Unless you made it yourself with fresh veggies, skip it. While it may seem like a better option than an all beef burger, what you really need to skip is the bun.
NEXT: NOT SO SMOOTH MOVE
Smoothies packed with fruit are full of sugar that will ultimately get stored and contribute to blood sugar spikes. It is not an all-day energizer. If you’re making a smoothie, pack in lots and lots of greens (like kale and spinach) and throw in healthy spices and good fats like cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, and avocado. Skip the frozen fruits and fruit juices that will add in sugar you don’t need.
NEXT: SKIP THE SKIM
17. SKIM MILK
Studies are showing that skim milk isn’t necessarily better than whole milk. If you’re drinking milk, drink in moderation. However, watch out for “low fat” or “skim” options that have flavorings – they DEFINITELY have added sugar. Whole milk also has a better protein to sugar ratio.
NEXT: A WHOLE LOTTA PROBLEMS
16. WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
Any kind of bread. Grains are inflammatory to your insides and also store as sugar in your body, contributing to diabetes. The less bread, the better. It’s one of the hardest to give up, but will go a long way toward weight loss and all around better health.
NEXT: MEXICAN NO-NO
You can pack a bunch of healthy stuff in a burrito. It’s the flour tortilla that gets ya. It’s full of flour and sugar. Just like the bread, it’s better to take those burrito fillings and make a salad.
NEXT: READ THE BOX!
Cereal is full of sugar. Even the “healthy” “whole grain” “fiber rich” stuff. Sugar sugar everywhere. The wording on the boxes can fool you, so look at the nutrition label.
NEXT: UNDRESS IS BEST
13. SALAD DRESSINGS
While salad is always a healthier option – especially if you are eating out, you have to beware of the dressings. Olive oil and vinegar is always the safer option. Most salad dressings are full of hydrogenated oils or extra sugar that are terrible for your body. Why feel good about choosing a salad when the dressing will ruin the health benefits?
NEXT: CATCH UP ON YOUR NUTRITION LABEL
It may seem like a vegetable (and many school cafeterias will bill it as that) but it is not! It is full of sugar. This adds empty calories to your food that you just don’t want or need.
NEXT: DON’T DROWN IN BAD INGREDIENTS
Many canned soups (and even boxed ones) have added sodium and sugar. Soup homemade with fresh ingredients is always best.
NEXT: WHOLE IS BETTER THAN MASHED
Apples themselves pack a lot of sugar, but most brands add sugar on top of that! Look for natural, no sugar added versions. What’s better yet, if you’re craving apple, just eat an apple.
NEXT: MAKE EGG-CELLENT CHOICES
Omelettes are a great way to get essential protein and fat in to your body – especially first thing in the morning. Watch what you add to your omelette! Potatoes, processed meats, and cheese-like products are not heart healthy or belly healthy. Adding fresh veggies like spinach, tomato, and peppers, or fresh herbs like basil are much better. Real cheese, like feta or parmesan, is a good option, too.
NEXT: NOT THE BOOST YOU’RE LOOKING FOR
8. ENERGY BARS
More hidden grains and sugars. It is designed to give you an energy boost – which is just a blood sugar spike. It is meant more for athletes, not someone looking for a healthy snack between meals.
NEXT: A SOUTHERN TRAP
7. ICED TEA
Tea can be a very beneficial beverage, both hot and cold. Once you start adding sweeteners and artificial flavors, the benefits shrink exponentially. Brew your own and keep it plain.
NEXT: UNWRAP IT
Just like the burritos, you can pack a lot of healthy stuff into a wrap – it’s the actual wrap that hurts you. While mildly better for you than bread, it is still processed and includes flour and sugar.
NEXT: NOT AS FREE AS YOU THINK
5. GLUTEN FREE FOODS
Most foods boast “gluten free” these days. Just because a food is stamped “gluten free” or “organic” doesn’t mean it is necessarily good for you. Gluten free means if you have an allergy, you won’t have a reaction. It doesn’t mean there aren’t other things in it that will cause weight gain or other health deficits.
NEXT: HIT THE TRAIL
4. TRAIL MIX
Trail mix often has healthy ingredients in it, like nuts. They are also mixed in with stuff that is not so good for you. Chocolate candies, dried fruits, pretzels – all carbs that may satisfy you “on the trail” but are not for everyday snacking. Trail mix, eaten regularly and without exercise, will cause sugar spikes and weight gain. It’s more of a treat than a healthier choice.
NEXT: ONE NO ONE WANTS TO GIVE UP
Most chocolates are also filled with sugar. Dark chocolate is a better choice for chocoholics. The higher the cacao %, the better.
NEXT: THE SHOCKING TRUTH
While fruit is heralded as good for you, it has a ton of hidden sugar. (Natural sugar is still sugar.) It will still cause all of the same detriments as sugar added to junk foods. If you are getting enough movement into your day, fruit is a good choice for a snack or dessert.
NEXT: EVEN WORSE!
1. DRIED FRUIT
Dried fruit not only carries the sugar naturally occurring in the fruit, it almost always has added white sugar to it. With dried fruit you are getting DOUBLE the sugar content, which means more empty calories and carb count. Add that into trail mix and you’re reversing all weight loss goals you’ve been getting close to.
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