How can the Manufacturers do this to us?!?! The evilness that hides behind “diet” food is basically preying on the unhappy souls trying to lose weight and doing all that they can to eat a healthy diet.
Now, I am not going to sit here and point fingers or name and shame manufacturers, as ultimately the buck stops with YOU. And you are all capable of reading a nutritional label to see what the contents of the food you are about to eat, is!
BUT, i am going to help you a little here, as this is something that comes up in personal training sessions ALOT!
So, are your diet foods actually making you fat??
This really came to my attention quite a few years ago when a client of mine was seemingly eating a really healthy and well balanced diet. Until I delved deeper and started to really concentrate on the Micro & Macro nutrients she was consuming.
Little did I know that the “healthy” “diet” foods that she was eating, were so packed full of sugar that 98% of the carbohydrate content was in fact SUGAR!
Now, sugar has got away with this for far too long, and its time we all start to open our eyes and see what it actually does for us. So, here is the best example I can think of right now!
You’ve seen those guys walking around with a “beer belly” hanging over their jeans, poking out from under their t-shirts… You know the ones, they are all to quick to whip off their tops when the sun comes out as if they are proud of their “paid for” gut! (By the way guys, NOT COOL! Beer bellies are not appealing!)
Well, there is no fat in beer ONLY SUGAR calories! So if sugar doesn’t make you fat???? Why do these guys get “beer bellies”?
So, I return to my client…. She was eating a very well known brand of Light fat free yoghurt, which was pretty much a pot of sugar, and as she was having one a day for her lunch and occasionally a snack as well, the overall sugar she was consuming was far greater than bother her fat and protein intake.
Her main concern was she didn’t seem to be losing any weight, and of course this raised alarm bells with me. So I asked her to drop the yoghurt from her daily routine and swap to something more natural that hadn’t had the fat removed. We decided Greek Yoghurt would be a better choice, with some ground nuts or berries added for flavour.
After a couple of weeks, pounds started to fall off of my client and she was ecstatic. But just ONE burst of hidden sugars & calories can completely throw you off the Yellow Brick road.
With this in mind, I started to look a lot more closely at the sugar content of food, and startling were the results.
So, check out my top five worst DIET foods….. for sugar content!
This one has only just cropped up on my radar after my partner and I were reducing our sugar calories to shred some weight for a summer holiday. We always use to eat coleslaw as it was low in sugar. HOWEVER, recently, for whatever reason sugar has been added and quite a lot of it. So check out your chopped up carrots, cabbage and mayonnaise before you delve in! It could be a time bomb of calories without you even knowing about it!
# 4 Breakfast Cereals (the healthy option ones as well)
Another really disappointing find, was the cereal aisle in the supermarket. The majority of “boxed up & add milk” style cereals are packed full of preservatives and high sugar content. AND THIS INCLUDES THE HEALTHIER OPTIONS AS WELL! The high fibre with added fruits, granola, muesli all have scarily high sugar content. Although I found a few saviours in the more wheat based cereals, the biscuits and no added flavour shredded versions.
Check yours and your kids cereals! Because remember as soon as you add milk, and like so many people do, add sugar…. you are increasing this sugar level drastically and this could cause fat storage!
Opt for Porridge or a wheat based cereal it’s a much safer bet!
# 3 Yoghurt (especially fat free)
In order to maintain taste in most products that are fat free, the manufacturers have to add something that will make you want to eat it more… In most cases, this is sugar… which just so happens to be REALLY cheap for manufacturers to bulk purchase.
Yoghurt is one of the prime culprits of added sugar, especially the fat free options. So before you indulge, check the nutrition label, and see how many carbohydrates the item has, and then how much of that is actually sugar! You may be surprised! I know I was!
# 4 Actual Labelled Diet Foods
No names mentioned, but there are a number of weight loss companies selling healthier options of crisps, wine, bread, ready meals, biscuits, chocolate bars, drinks and even cakes. Targeting those who are living the companies planned calories restricted lifestyle, as well as the masses of people who just fall into the trap of believing it is probably healthy. However, as many of these are fat free or low fat, the same rule applies to what I mentioned above for Yoghurt. In order to make the food taste nice enough to keep you buying it, the fat has to be replaced….. and yep… that is with sugar!
# 5 Fat Free Salad Dressings
Your salad may taste a little less exciting without all of that fat free salad dressing, but here is a little fact to make you think twice about which kind of dressing you purchase!
In order to absorb many of the awesomeness packed in to you delicious and very healthy salad, your body requires FAT! So, if you are using a fat free salad dressing you will be missing out on much the goodness that the salad has to offer in the first place. This includes two very health boosting antioxidants, lycopene and beta-carotene.
Re-adjust your choices! As your diet foods may just be adding unnecessary calories to your daily diet, rather than actually offering you healthy benefits like you think they are!
Have you ever experienced unhealthy diet foods? I’d love to hear from you. Post your comments below and discuss 🙂
Take care 🙂
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