Temptation is our greatest enemy, and saying “No” to some favourite foods is always tricky. Have you been successfully saying no to temptation and still not seeing results? Here is a list of food and drinks that secretly sabotage your plan to lose weight:
- Diet Soda
You have been fooled for a while, my friend. Diet soda is NOT a healthier option. As per a study at the University of California, artificial sweeteners found in diet soda may not be an effective way to manage your cravings for sweet. By providing a sweet taste without any calories, artificial sweeteners do not satisfy our cravings. As such, you may end up gorging on other sweet food and drinks, consuming excess calories.
- Low-Fat Foods
Low fat foods are often loaded with artificial sweeteners and carbs to make up for the loss of taste. Also, in a study, people were found to eat almost 30 per cent more when they were told that the food was low fat. This way, you end up consuming more calories than you think. Stick to small portions, even if it is low fat!
- Dry Fruits
Healthy and delicious, they make for a great snack. But, they are dehydrated and dense. This means they tend to have more calories than their fresh originators. For instance, 100 grams of fresh grapes contains 67 calories vs. 100 grams of raisins (dried grapes) that contains 299 calories. We repeat, eat small portions.
We regret to inform you that everyone’s favourite accompaniment with snacky items is extremely high on sugar and salt. Sugar means empty calories and the salt causes water retention, which can stall weight loss. The remedy? Don’t squirt a big blob of ketchup on to the plate. A tablespoon is sufficient and has only 15 calories.
- Packaged Orange Juice
The breakfast staple for many may not be as healthy as you think. A normal glass (about 236 ml) can have almost 100+ calories, which is close to the calories in aerated drinks. Stick to fresh oranges or home-squeezed orange juice.
- Salad Dressing
Salad is healthy, the dressing on top not so much. Store-bought dressings can pile up the calories and defeat the purpose of having the salad in the first place. Ranch or caeser dressings pack almost 150 calories per serving. Stick to healthy dressings such as extra virgin olive oil and vinaigrette, with a few drops of lime/lemon juice or soy sauce.