Aside from being gluten free(which can cause weight gain), there are things that we eat that can stall our weight loss progress. In this article from cheatsheet.com, there are some common foods that might be surprisingly bad for weight loss. Here’s an excerpt:
Dieters may be apt to slurp down diet soda, and why not? It has zero calories and the carbonation-lovers argue that the carbonation can make you feel full. Some studies report that the more diet sodas a person drinks, the more weight they’ll gain. Why? The Denver Post explains the artificial sweeteners that keep diet soda calorie-free actually confuse your body since the sweetener is unknown. When your body doesn’t know how many calories you’ve consumed, it will respond by craving more high-calorie foods.
All sweetened beverages, such as soda, and even juice, are not good for you. Sub in water or unsweetened iced tea instead.
Touted as one of the best natural sweeteners around, health professionals have revered agave for years, but it seems like its reign over the health world has come to an end. According to Dr. Oz, agave is a syrupy sweetener that was thought to be the perfect sugar substitute for dieters because of its low-glycemic index. It’s true, agave does not have the same amount of glucose that your traditional white sugar does, but it contains more fructose than any other sweetener. This type of sugar can inhibit your body’s natural ability to produce as much insulin as it needs.
Experts in the field also believe that those who consume a lot of fructose are at risk for weight gain in the belly area, as fructose is more rapidly converted into fat than glucose. If you’re looking for a healthier sweetener, choose honey instead, and leave the agave to the health food aisles of your grocery store.
Agave is also highly processed. Even honey in high amounts is not good for you. But along with pure maple syrup, it’s a much better choice than sugar.
It may seem appealing but skip the low-fat yogurt, cheese, ice cream, and milk. Low-fat foods are often manufactured so that the natural fat elements are removed and replaced with fillers and sweeteners, MSN says. And Shape says people who eat low-fat products often gain weight because the low-fat food is not satisfying, and they end up binging on carbohydrates later in the day. Stick to natural, non-modified foods to get the full benefit of what you eat and to avoid feeling hungry hours later.
Fat is a necessary part of a healthy diet. Dietary cholesterol is not the enemy, as it was once thought. Just try to stay away from saturated fats as much as possible. Keep animal fat in moderation.
What could be better than a bunch of fresh fruits and veggies all blended up into one delicious, nutritious beverage? If you’re trying to lose weight, the humble smoothie can really put a damper on your weight loss without you even realizing it. When you’re making a smoothie that’s primarily fruit-based, you’ll feel hungry fairly quickly because there’s no protein or fat to keep you satisfied. And, with four or five fruits going into one drink, that’s a lot of calories and sugar you’ll be taking in at once — not good if you’re trying to lose weight.
Nutritionist Marisa Moore tells New York Magazine’s The Cut your smoothie should have a source of protein (Greek yogurt or nut butter works well) as well as veggies to balance out the fruit. Avocado is also a great addition for a creamy texture and healthy fats.
Greek yogurt is a nutrient-dense food that offers tons of great benefits, but not all yogurts are created equal. If you’re going for those individual fruit-on-the-bottom cups that you can find at your local grocery store, you could gain weight in a flash. SFGate explains many yogurts are loaded with calories and sugar, and the low-fat or fat-free varieties are only bound to make you hungry again very quickly. The story says an 8-ounce serving of your average fruit yogurt is going to run you about 225 calories and more than 40 grams of sugar. Add granola to the mix for a complete breakfast, and you’re looking at more sugar than you should eat in an entire day.
We’re not saying you should leave yogurt out entirely, but you should be mindful of what kind of yogurt you’re eating. Buying plain Greek yogurt and jazzing it up with a tablespoon of honey, fresh fruit, and nuts is a better alternative.
If you must eat these foods, do so in moderation. Have them as a treat. Did these foods surprise you? Let me know in the comments!