So you’ve been working your butt off at the gym but you can’t seem to shake off the weight. You’ve eliminated all the junk food in your kitchen and replaced it with healthier options but you don’t understand why the scale still reads the same number it did three months ago. So you lose hope and go back to your previous lifestyle.
The problem might not be your workout routine but what is in your kitchen. What you think is healthy food could actually be what’s stopping you from losing the weight.
You’ve probably read online about eating healthy and you’ve probably seen too many TV shows advocating certain kinds of foods because they are “healthy” or “nutritious” when in reality it’s just processed garbage.
What people believe to be true is often the exact opposite of the truth, especially when it comes to eating healthy. We have compiled a list of diet foods that in reality make people fat. Read on to see if you have any of these foods in your kitchen.
10. Breakfast Cereals
Those “healthy” cereals you’ve been eating every morning are nothing but a bowl full of refined carbs and sugars. It’s basically one of the worst foods you can possibly eat to start your day, not to mention all the fattening ingredients it contains.
The sugar in the cereals will spike your insulin and blood sugar levels. A few hours later after your blood sugar crashes, you’ll start craving a sugary snack like cookies or a chocolate-coated donut. If you are used to eating a high carb diet, you are probably familiar with the blood sugar roller coaster.
On the label it might read “whole grain” or “low fat” but it’s loaded with plenty of SUGAR. If you want a healthy breakfast, eat something with protein in it like eggs.
9. Sugar-Free Cookies & Candy
When manufacturers say their cookies and candies don’t have sugars, they usually mean it, but what they don’t say is that they’ve added extra fat to them. A very popular brand of cookies offers chocolate chip cookies that each contain 9 grams of fat and 160 calories. Sugar-free candy might sound healthy but most of it contains sorbitol, which can cause diarrhea and bloating. So why not just eat the real thing? If you really must eat cookies, just eat graham crackers. They contain less sugar than packaged cookies.
8. Whole Wheat Bread
Whole wheat is better than refined wheat, there’s no doubt about that. The biggest problem we have with whole wheat is that it isn’t entirely made from whole grains.
The grains are pulverized into very fine flour, which makes it easy to digest, and this consequently spikes blood sugar. This is no different from eating white bread.
In fact, experts have measured the glycemic index (a measure of how fast foods spike blood sugar levels) in whole wheat bread and it’s just as high as in white bread. The only difference between whole wheat bread and white bread is that whole wheat bread has a little more fiber and more nutrients than white bread, but if you want to lose weight, it won’t do anything for you.
Granola is not that bad but it’s no breakfast of champions. One cup contains 28 grams of fat and 560 calories before you add milk.
When it’s made with real ingredients it can be quite healthy, but let’s be real here. Most food manufacturers mass produce this stuff and they often cut corners to reduce production cost. So they alter them in a way that it isn’t healthy any more. You’ll find that most granola bars contain nuts and oats but with lots of sugar and oil added to them. And the way it’s packaged just encourages overconsumption.
6. Low-Fat Yogurt
Let’s be clear about one thing first. Yogurt is a healthy food, but the low fat yogurt sold in most stores is highly processed and unhealthy.
When you remove fat from foods, they taste horrible, so you end up adding lots of other ingredients to make them taste better. That’s exactly what they do when they remove fat from yogurt. They add sweeteners and a whole bunch of other stuff to make it palatable.
You know what, there isn’t a single study that actually shows eating dairy fat contributes to obesity. So why would you go for the low fat yogurt that has all the good stuff removed and replaced with God knows what instead of eating the full fat yogurt that still has real, natural ingredients?
5. Fruit Juice
Fruit juice is healthy because it comes from fruit, right? Well, not all the time. In fact, most fruit juices you buy at your local store are just fruit flavored sugar water. Some don’t even have any real fruits inside… just a cocktail of chemicals, water and sugar.
We don’t advocate that you drink freshly squeezed fruit juice either if you want to lose weight. Yes, whole fruits have sugar, but you can’t compare eating a whole fruit and just drinking its juice. You see, the juice in whole fruit is bound within fibrous cell walls which slow down the release of sugar into the blood stream; reducing your chances of a blood sugar spike.
But with fruit juice, there’s nothing to slow down the release of sugar into the blood stream. So your body absorbs a lot of sugar within seconds.
4. Diet Soda
Studies show that people who substitute sugary drinks with diet drinks don’t lose weight. The sweeteners added to diet soda are actually calorie free but these same studies also suggest that the sweeteners can stimulate a person’s appetite. Now that explains why you feel so hungry after drinking a Diet Coke.
You can, however, lose weight by drinking diet soda, but you have to change other things too. You can’t be eating pizza with hundreds of toppings and drinking diet soda and expect to lose weight. You have to change your lifestyle and your diet too.
3. Trail Mixes
There is nothing wrong with a trail mix, except that it’s a very energy dense snack. Most trail mixes contain dried fruits and an assorted mix of nuts. They are perfect when you are doing activities that require you to use a lot of energy like hiking or intense workouts. But eating trail mix as a snack when all you do all day is sit behind a desk will not help you lose weight. Trail mixes contain a lot of carbs and fat, the perfect recipe for adding weight. But if you can control your portions, you should be fine.
2. Gluten-Free Junk Food
The fact that the label says its gluten-free doesn’t mean that it’s not junk food. Most people are now trying to reduce the amount of gluten in their diets and it’s not a bad thing.
The only problem here is that food manufacturers have now introduced all kinds of gluten-free products that are just as bad as the gluten-containing ones. These gluten-free products contain large amounts of chemicals, sugars and highly refined carbohydrates.
If you truly want to eat gluten-free food, start eating food that is naturally gluten-free, not the processed gluten-free junk.
1. Veggie Chips
Deep fried salty snacks masquerading as a healthy snack…that’s what veggie chips are. Your hips won’t know the difference between veggie chips and potato chips since they both contain nearly the same amount of fat and calories. And some manufacturers are sneaky enough to add food color to potato flour or corn flour and pass it off as veggie chips.
Before you open that bag of veggie chips, make sure the pack actually lists vegetables and not corn flour or potato flour as the first ingredient. If you really have a crunchy craving, try eating baked tortilla chips dipped in salsa.