Shopping for healthy food is stressful when brands are misleading. Check out this list of 5 health foods stalling your weight loss and healthy alternatives.
In a media-driven world, we are bombarded with product advertisements that claim to speed up weight loss. From diet pills to meal replacement shakes and skinny desserts to low-fat everything. The weight loss and diet industry is seriously banking big bucks off these products.
While not every supplement or shake is a scam, you have to be mindful when considering purchasing these items. Like a lot of people, I’m drawn in by deliciously sweet treats that are low calorie and claim to be healthy. Who doesn’t want a stash of healthy brownies in their pantry?
I’m going to be blunt here. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If diet foods and products were as effective as they claim, we wouldn’t have the obesity epidemic that we do. The fact is, if you want to be healthy and see your body change, you have to be willing to make lifestyle changes. You can’t drink Slim Fast twice a day for the rest of your life and consider that a healthy change. You have to put in work, make changes, and know the difference between truly healthy foods and diet scams.
Before you start cussing me out and writing hateful comments, let me clear the air. I’m not going to tell you that you can’t eat these foods and see results. I’m saying you can’t rely on these products on a daily basis and be the healthiest version of yourself. It’s ok and perfectly normal to indulge and enjoy food, but you’ve got to have balance.
For that reason, I’ve put together a list of 5 Health Foods That Are Stalling Your Weight Loss Efforts.
Flavored Greek Yogurt
Most people associate Greek Yogurt with being healthy, and they are right to an extent. Plain Greek Yogurt is typically pretty safe, but flavored Greek Yogurt is a different story, with most brands containing 15-25g of added sugar.
Better Alternative: Plain Greek Yogurt with a drizzle of honey and some fresh fruit.
Holy smokes, these have become hugely popular with the diet community. Every time I go to the store it seems like I see women stocking up on these like it was the apocalypse. There are good brands with minimally processed ingredients and low sugar content, but they aren’t what’s typically on the shelves at your local Walmart. Luna Bars, Zone Perfect Bars, PowerBar Nutrition Bars are all laced with tons and tone of sugar. They often contain high fructose corn syrup and made with very cheap ingredients.
Better Alternative: These 3 Ingredient No-Bake Energy Bars
Bagged Trail Mix
Walk down the snack aisle of any major grocer and you will find at least 7 different varieties of Trail Mix. There’s tropical mixes, peanut butter mixes, chocolate mixtures, and so much more. Sure, nuts are a great source of protein and healthy fats, but what about all the other add-ins? Many store bought trail mixes contain sweetened dried fruit, salted nuts, and high fructose corn syrup. Just one handful of these indulgent mixes can set you back 300 calories!
Better Alternative: Unsalted Almonds and a few pieces of unsweetened dried fruit or one of these 20 Healthy Post-Workout Snacks.
Frozen Diet Dinners
Some new frozen meals have come out recently with big health claims. Some have high protein content, ranging from 25-30g per meal. But, like any other processed meal, they contain preservatives and loads of sodium, and often lack a substantial amount of vegetables.
Better Alternative: Skinless chicken breast, brown rice, and broccoli drizzled with a little Bragg’s Amino Acids.
Low Fat/Calorie Salad Dressing
This one may come as a surprise. Salad is healthy, Erin. I can hear the doubt and disgust radiating through my computer screen. And you are right! Salad is healthy. But, if you look at the ingredient label on the back of a bottle of Low-Fat Salad Dressing, you are going to find that corn syrup in one of the main ingredients. Also, check out the sodium content! Bleh! On another important note, a lot of vegetables contain nutrients that are fat-soluble, meaning you NEED fat to get the health benefits. So, ditch that crap!
Better Alternative: Make your own dressing with balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and lime or lemon juice.
Now, it’s your turn.
Tell me what health foods you avoid? Are there some that have helped you or that you have seen results with? Share with me in the comments below.
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