Weight loss diet requires cutting yourself off of the junk foods. But believe it or not, some healthy foods can actually ruin your diet because some of them are surprisingly high in calories—not to mention fat.
So keep monitoring your consumption of these 10 healthy foods for they may be the ones who could widen those hips.
Nuts are undeniably jam-packed with nutrients such as protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and vitamin E which are needed by a healthy body. However, these so-called brain foods also have very high calorie content.
Known as a natural antioxidant, coffee also aids in maintaining a healthy brain. However, most of the coffee mixtures people love to drink today—say for example big mug of latte—are actually high in calorie because of the milk and flavoring added to them. That’s at least 300 calories and 15 grams worth of additional fat.
You should try drinking plain black coffee with minimal milk, or fat-free milk and a single teaspoon of sugar.
Some trail mixes bought from a grocery store contain nuts, honey, additional sugar as well as chocolate. These ingredients are high in calories. A healthy quarter-cup serving of a home-made trail mix can actually replace the ones bought from the store minus the additional fats.
Don’t be too confident about your sandwich wraps because some of them actually contain higher calories, including your favorite Mission Spinach Wrap, which contains 440 milligrams of sodium, 210 calories and 5 grams of fat.
Experts advise sandwich wrap lovers to use smaller tortilla wraps instead—those that are 6 to 8 inches in diameter—to control the calories you intake. Plus, you should also choose those labeled “100% whole grain.”
Dark chocolates are among the few luscious treats approved those who are trying to lose weight because it contains fat-burning polyphenols. However, the chocolate itself is also comprised by a high amount of calories as well as fat that even a single ounce of it contains 155 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat. To keep a healthy dose of dark chocolate, one should choose those with high percentage of cacao and lesser sugar in it and—as experts always advise—limit it to just 2 squares.
Teas are known to contain antioxidants and had been known to help improve cardiovascular health. This is true, however, only to the unsweetened ones. Believe it or not, bottled iced tea is loaded with sugar. Try making your own healthier blend of iced tea by brewing it and adding sugar enough only to suit your taste.
Because it is made from tomatoes, ketchup contains vitamins A and C, and has very low calorie and fat content. However, it is also mixed with a hefty amount of sugar and salt to make it very tasty. One tablespoon of ketchup is enough to satiate your craving for that sweet and sour taste without surrendering your goal at a smaller waistline.
Canned tuna only has very minimal calorie-content but is still rich in protein. That is considerably healthy for a processed food but the problem begins when you add mayonnaise. That’s an additional 10 grams and 90 calories worth of fat every tablespoon.
Because it is created to energize you, energy bars are packed with sugar and carbohydrates, and is considered to be at a high level on the glycemic index. They also make a person feel sugar-rushed—using up all his stored energy, leaving none for later.
Energy bars definitely aren’t designed to be consumed everyday but would definitely be helpful during a three-hour bike ride.
Though frozen fruit products are as good as fresh ones, they can still be considered a waistline-widener because many of them have added sugar. To make sure that this food remains a healthy addition to your weight loss regimen, never forget to read the label which should indicate only one ingredient: fruit.