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.
9 Sugar-Free Cookies & Candy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 Trail Mixes
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.
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.
Sources: health.com, cosmopolitan.com
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