There is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to nutrition and weight loss. One of the biggest ones is that you can eat something that is "healthy" and lose weight. This may be true for a handful of things, but unfortunately a lot of foods have the healthy label attached to them.
For instance something may be healthy because it has a lot of vitamins, but it may also be loaded with sugar! I am not saying avoid these foods forever, but I suggest most people avoid these things while they are on a weight loss plan. Then they can be incorporated back in normal portions once someone has reached their goal weight.
When it comes to food, don’t be fooled by false health claims. From counseling people on health and nutrition, I've found that there are nine foods in particular that have managed to gain a reputation as “health” foods, when in fact they often aren’t. Be wary of these foods that often don’t include the health benefits they claim.
Juices - Most juices have some vitamins and minerals you need, but come loaded with sugar. If you do feel the need to include juice in your plan, opt for reduced sugar brands.
Flavored yogurts - Another healthy item that has lots of sugar. While it may have calcium and protein, 1 serving also has 25% of your daily sugar intake.
Sushi - This one people tend to think is healthy because it has fish. However most rolls also come with cream cheese, spicy mayo, fried pieces , and sugary condiments. Choosing rolls that are strictly rice and fish is possible.
Whole wheat bread - Whole wheat bread is just white bread that has been refined. Most breads like this are loaded with high glycemic carbs and no fiber. Opt instead for whole grain breads.
Sugar free or fat free items - Most times if something is sugar free, they have instead raised the fat slightly. And vice versa if it's low in fat, it will have more sugar. Food companies will do this switch to make sure there is still flavor in the product.
Frozen "healthy" dinners - Most of these meals are loaded with unhealthy preservatives. So while they may be low in calorie, they are harsh in the unnatural substances department.
Sports drinks - They may have electrolytes to help with performance, but another item that's loaded with sugar. Opt instead for the 0 sugar versions.
Protein bar - These are loaded with muscle friendly protein, but are also loaded with tons of preservatives and flavoring agents that are not good for you. Try and find a bar that is 5 ingredients of less.
Smoothies - Most smoothies are loaded with fruits and veggies. But they also add sugary fruit syrup to these to give them even more flavor. Add to that the high levels of fructose from the fruit, and you're looking at a very high sugar food.
There’s no need to swear off any of these foods for good. Lots of foods can fit into a healthy eating plan when you enjoy them in moderation. It’s important to always review product packaging to confirm what you’re actually putting in your body and whether it’s healthy for you. And remember, the healthiest foods don’t come in packages.
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