You might be making huge mistakes about your ‘summer bod diet.’
In fact, some foods that are marketed as healthy choices for your ideal body might actually be doing you more harm than good. If you’ve been working for the body you want, but aren’t seeing any results, read through the list below to see if you’ve been eating any of these “healthy” foods, that are just so not healthy at all!
It’s not that all protein bars are unhealthy, but considering how good for you we expect them to be, you might be surprised when you actually read the ingredient list and nutritional facts. Most protein bars are highly processed, featuring artificial ingredients and fillers. On top of that, some will contain an absurd amount of sugars. At that rate, might as well have a chocolate bar than a protein bar!
Dishes with the word “salad”
Salads can be healthy or unhealthy, depending on which you get. If you’re trying to shed some pounds, look up the calorie counts before you dine. When possible, skip the caloric salad extras like croutons, nuts and salad dressings. Toppings like these can quickly turn a healthy salad into a calorie-filled bowl.
Juices and smoothies
Ever heard the expression “Don’t drink your calories?” That’s because both juices and smoothies are filled to the brink with sugars, and chances are, won’t fill you up. Smoothies especially can include high-calorie ingredients like chocolate syrup, or use fattening ice cream as a base.
Air-popped popcorn (sans salt and butter) is a high-fiber, low-calorie, fairly nutritious snack. But when bags of microwave popcorn are heated, they emit fine and ultrafine particles that may come with health risks. And the amount of butter that gets added on top of that originally health-conscious food? Avoid.
While dried fruit does contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals, many companies add sulfur and sugar to make it more appealing and store better for longer.
Many flavored yogurts have over 15 grams of sugar in tiny servings. Instead, buy plain, fat-free Greek yogurt and flavor it up with delicious toppings like some fruit or even a small drizzle of honey or syrup.
Frozen diet dinners
You would think something with the word “diet” in it would be good for you, right? But not always. Be wary of false packaging and marketing. A precooked frozen meal might seem convenient and healthy, but they actually tend to be filled with preservatives and sodium.