When we’re on a weight loss plan, we tend to assume that more is better when it comes to healthy foods. After all, you can’t really binge and get fat from carrot sticks or apples! But some healthy foods actually do pack a punch, calorie-wise, so it would be wise to exercise caution.
Healthy fats are still fats. Avocados and nuts contain the healthy unsaturated fats that are good for your heart. Not to mention, many women swear that avocado works wonders for their complexions! But just because these foods are healthy, doesn’t mean you should fill up on them. Add healthy fats to your diet in small doses, or you’ll consume too many calories.
Watch out for protein bars… The subtle implication behind these packaged snacks is that they’re “workout food” – meaning “healthy”. But many of them contain tons of added sugar and fats, making them extra dense in calories. If you need a healthy snack on the go, grab fresh fruit or veggies, and get your protein from lean meats or fish.
…And trail mix. This one is another go-to staple for busy dieters. What could be wrong with a bag of nuts, fruits, and granola? As it turns out, plenty! Some of those dried fruits were soaked in high fructose corn syrup (sugar), and some mixes even contain chocolate. If you must indulge in trail mix, grab single-serving bags so that you keep your portions under control.
Don’t fall for marketing. When you see food labels that say things like “gluten free”, doesn’t that carry an air of healthfulness about it? Many people who are not actually gluten-intolerant end up buying these foods for that exact reason. Then there are the “fat free” foods that are nevertheless packed with calories. Forget about healthy-sounding catch phrases, and look at the nutrition labels instead. If a food is high in calories, fat, or sugar, then skip it. The inclusion of trendy buzz words doesn’t always mean a food is good for your weight loss plan.