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Five Foods You Thought Were Healthy

Nutritional Misconceptions

Weight loss is about much more than getting regular exercise. In fact, eating healthy food is actually far more critical when it comes to achieving your goals for losing weight. Knowing that is a good place to start, but if you really want to get results, then you have to go further.

Eating a healthy diet is tougher than most people realize. That’s because there are so many foods that aren’t really good for you that masquerade as healthy food. Eating too much of these dishes can make it hard to lose any weight at all.

If you thought the five foods listed below were healthy, you’re not alone. Most people get tripped up by these repeat offenders. However, you may still enjoy these foods in moderation or if you make a few critical alterations.

1. Salad

This go-to diet food can make a fantastic healthy meal, but only if you avoid the many pitfalls that can turn a salad into a fat-and-calorie-laden meal. Add a half cup of full-fat cheese to your salad, and you’ll be eating 225 extra calories. Skip the cheese on your salad or use a low-fat cheese in moderation instead. One tempting salad ingredient that makes sense to avoid entirely is breaded chicken. That’s because it’s usually fried, which means that it’s loaded with fat and extra calories. Lean protein is great, so choose grilled chicken to get rid of approximately 20 grams of fat and 100 calories. Of course, it’s the salad dressing that does the most damage to a salad. Just a two tablespoon serving usually has between 100 and 200 calories, and let’s face it, most people use quite a bit more than two tablespoons on an entree salad. Serve the dressing on the side or substitute it with salsa, balsamic vinegar or fresh lemon juice.

2. Yogurt

Flavored yogurt is delicious, and there’s a good reason why. It’s loaded with sugar. The flavoring is supplied by a jelly that has tons of sugar, which makes it bad for your waistline. Yogurt with fruit isn’t usually much better. The processing that the fruit undergoes adds tons of sugar. Plus, most yogurts just don’t have a good amount of protein or fiber. If you want to indulge in yogurt, make it a plain Greek yogurt instead.

3. Energy Bars

The makers of energy bars like to use a lot of eye-catching words like “healthy,” “natural” and “low carb,” but these claims aren’t always reliable and the one you choose may not be good for you. Many of these bars are simply loaded with hidden sugar sources, not to mention the calories and fat. Plus, there’s also the danger of running into artificial ingredients that may do you more harm than good. A better alternative is a few carrot sticks and some hummus. You’ll find that the ingredient list is shorter and easier to pronounce.

4. Granola

The idea that granola is healthy has been hanging around since the 1960s. It may have been a healthier alternative to other breakfast items back then, but these days most granolas are just as laden with sugar, fat and high-calorie ingredients as everything else. Enjoy this treat in moderation, if at all. Read the labels and be a smart health conscious consumer.

5. Juice

Juice is supposed to come from fruit, so it should be healthy, right? The reality is that even the fresh-squeezed variety of fruit juice is incredibly high in sugar and some contain your daily maximum intake of sugar. At the same time, most juices are devoid of fiber. If you’re buying juice at the grocery store, you may be surprised to learn how little actual juice is in the bottle. Get your fruit from eating whole, raw pieces rather than drinking juice.

If you’d like to know more about how healthy food can help you achieve your weight loss goals, contact a My House Fitness near you. You’ll learn how to avoid these fake healthy foods, and get yourself on track to better fitness and a healthier you.

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