Trying to lose weight is never fun. But if you’re doing everything right, eating healthy foods and exercising, and your belly is still growing bigger, you’re probably feeling tempted to throw in the towel.
And I can’t blame you. Talk about frustrating!
“Healthy” foods keeping you from losing weight
But don’t give up just yet. It turns out your “healthy” diet could be the cause. Because certain foods you’ve always thought of as good for you, may be secretly sabotaging your attempt to lose weight.
Following are four healthy foods that could be silently causing your belly to balloon.
As shocking as it seems, this weight loss staple could be undoing your efforts to shed the belly fat. But the delicious leafy greens and crisp veggies aren’t to blame. It’s all the extras, which transform this classic belly busting meal into a dieting nightmare.
When you dump croutons, enough cheese to feed an army, glazed nuts and a creamy store-bought salad dressing (which is full of hidden sugars) on top of your salad you bury the health benefits six feet under. And instead of helping you lose weight, your “healthy” salad sends the numbers on your scale climbing.
Stick to homemade dressings and healthy fats like you’ll find in plain nuts and avocados. And skip the carb heavy croutons.
If you’ve always thought yogurt was a safe choice when you’re dieting, you’re not alone. Most folks do. And it certainly can be. But if you’re choosing the wrong kind of yogurt, it could be undoing all your hard work.
Sweet flavored yogurts, which make up the majority of options on the shelf, aren’t the healthy snack you believed they were. They’re actually sugar-filled wolves dressed up in healthy sheep clothing.
The truth is that sugary fruit jelly they use to sweeten those yogurts with is anything but healthy. And it’s far from the fresh fruit the label would lead you to believe you’re getting.
But the good news is you can still eat yogurt and lose weight. Just reach for plain Greek yogurt instead. And if you want to sweeten things up use fresh fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon. You’ll get all the satisfaction of yogurt, but you won’t pay for it around your middle.
3. Dried fruit:
Fresh fruit is an excellent snack and can help you lose weight. But if you’re including a lot of dried fruit in your diet, you could be building belly fat instead of losing weight.
When you eat a fresh apricot, for example you don’t just get the pallet pleasing sweet flavor. You’re also taking in fiber and water which helps fill you up so you feel more satisfied.
But when you eat a dried apricot, it’s gone in a few bites. And without the added water, you end up needing to eat far more of the dried fruit to feel full.
And those concentrated sugar-filled calories really add up. A cup of fresh apricot halves will run you around 74 calories. While the same half a cup of the dried fruit is around 212 calories.
But more important than those calories is the fact that you’ll likely eat far more of the dried fruit. And that means you’ll be taking in a lot more belly fat building sugar.
Limit the dried fruit and opt for fresh instead. You’ll satisfy your sweet tooth and your hunger.
4. Gluten-free foods:
Years ago, it was next to impossible to find gluten-free options at the grocery store. There are plenty to choose from these days. But that might not be such a good thing.
Just because a food is labeled gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s any healthier. In fact, prepackaged gluten-free foods usually contain the same amount of sugar, carbs and preservatives as their gluten-filled counterparts. But it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking of them as healthier and indulging.
If you’re gluten sensitive, you should be looking for gluten-free options. But remember making meals from scratch is always best.
Don’t let these four “healthy” foods sabotage your efforts to lose weight.
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