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You’re Dieting Wrong – Top 8 Diet Foods You Should Avoid

By Sydney Cook
Posted On May 18, 2016
You’re Dieting Wrong – Top 8 Diet Foods You Should Avoid

 

Quit being bamboozled by sneaky ‘diet foods’ with hidden sugars, salt, and fat. We’ve pointed out eight culprits that spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e and may surreptitiously be the cause of your weight gain.

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Avoid: Granola

Though granola contains some healthy ingredients like low Glycemic Index oats and nuts, most supermarket granolas are packed with fat and sugar, so if you’re looking to lose weight you should avoid the snack at all costs.

Alternative: Oatmeal

Oatmeal is made of oats that have been ground, crushed, steel-cut, or rolled, and it is a natural and healthy way to kick-start your day without any added sugars or preservatives. This quick and nutritious meal also contains fiber, which keeps you filled without excess bloating. Adding a banana or fresh berries enhances the flavor.

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Avoid: Trail Mix

Trail mix can be full of extra sugar, and a large bag can contain up to 3,000 calories.

Alternative: Homemade fruit, nut, and seed mix

Instead of munching on an entire bag of trail mix, create your own portioned mix containing just 40 grams of dried fruit, nuts, and seeds, and you’ll get all the nutrients you need.

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Avoid: Fruit Juice

Fruit juice is typically seen as a healthy kick start to the day, but aside from its vitamins and minerals, juice is packed with sugar. This includes those juices “made from real fruit.”

Alternative: Fruit Tea Soda

If you depend on a sweet boost in the morning, try a fruity tea soda instead of fruit juice. Steep a couple of bags of your favorite fruit-flavored herbal tea, and leave it overnight to chill. When you’re ready to indulge, add in some sparkling mineral or soda water for a fizzy infusion with little to no sugar. Some tea flavors to consider are mint, cranberry and pomegranate, strawberry, chamomile, and lemon.

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Avoid: Agave Nectar

Agave nectar is a syrup sweetener typically added to foods and smoothies to enhance the taste. However, agave contains high levels of fructose, which, when consumed in large amounts, can cause elevated levels of insulin, the fat storing hormone.

Alternative: Coconut Nectar

Whenever something is good for us, it usually contains coconut. We’re all familiar with the craze over coconut oils, milk, and waters. Well, add coconut nectar to the list of things made from the trendy superfood. Filled with vitamin C and naturally, but mildly, sweet, coconut nectar is completely raw with a low Glycemic Index, making it nutritionally superior to agave nectar.

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Avoid: Brown Bread

Who knew that brown bread was no better than white bread? Darren Beale from MuscleFood.com told DailyMail, “It is simply white bread made brown using chemicals and colorings. It is not made with whole grains and will spike your blood sugar just like the white alternative.”

Alternative: Granary or Rye Bread

Granary bread is actually made from brown flour with malted wheat grains added for a distinctive nutty flavor and rye bread can be brown or white depending on the type of flour used. Both are denser and contains more fiber than bread made from wheat flour.

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Avoid: Sweet Corn

When trying to lose weight, sweet corn is not a great food option because it can raise blood sugar in the body, dropping your glucose levels.

Alternative: Peas

Fresh or frozen peas are better options that sweet corn. The spring vegetable is a great source of protein. With a 64 gram serving of peas, you’ll receive about 7 grams of protein and a host of fiber that’ll keep you satisfied longer.

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Avoid: Rice Cakes

Rice cakes contain very few calories, which explains why they are often snacked on in place of other fatty foods. However, because they have pretty much nothing in them, they lack fiber and protein leaving you to crave more food than you would if you didn’t eat anything at all.

Alternative: Celery and Peanut Butter

The classic celery and peanut butter is an ideal snack to munch on to fight that mid-afternoon appetite. This combination contains both fiber and protein so it’ll keep you satisfied until dinner time.

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Avoid: Wraps

The wrap alone is highly caloric due to the fat and sodium content, and because many believe that they are saving calories on the outside of the sandwich, they tend to load up on condiments and other toppings.  With all of these fixings loaded with fat, salt, and sugars, a wrap could contain the same amount of calories as a personal pan pizza or a fast-food meal.

Alternative: Wholegrain Pita

With a healthy dose of fiber and little calories, pitas are the perfect alternative for wraps.