There are a lot of food products on the market that are commonly believed to be food for a diet that are really not weight loss foods at all. If you want to know how to eat right, it is important to understand what foods are not as healthy as you may think they are. To help you identify foods that are not good diet foods for women, here are 7 of the most common foods that are believed to be healthier than they really are:
- Flavored Yogurt Products. A common source of calcium, vitamin B, and essential amino acids, yogurt is believed to be a good food for a diet. Unfortunately, that is not the case, as yogurt is packed with sugar and is no better for you than many desserts. The only really healthy yogurt is the low-fat plain variety. Instead of eating yogurt, try one of our Skinny Jane Shakes with some added frozen fruit for a nice snack.
- Bagels. Normal fat-free bagels are not healthy as you might think due to their lack of fat. They are packed with refined carbohydrates that cause a dangerous rise in glucose levels inside your body. Instead of fat-free bagels, try a smaller, 100% whole wheat bagel with a little pit of peanut butter.
- Pretzels. Commonly believed to be better than chips due to the fact that they are fat-free and all natural. They however are made of 100% refined white flour which breaks down into a large amount of sugar inside your body and are topped off with quite a bit of sodium. Instead, try Stacy's multigrain pita chips when you need a crunchy snack.
- Bran Muffins. Standard store-bought bran muffins are loaded with white flour, sugar, vegetable oil and hardly any bran. Instead, try making your own homemade bran muffins in which you can control how healthy they are.
- Fruit Juice. Although fruit juice does have some nutritional value, overall it is just another drink loaded with sugar and empty calories. Instead, eat a couple of pieces of real fruit and drink a glass of water to stay hydrated and get the nutritional benefits of fresh fruit.
- Meal Replacement/Energy Bars. Although some of these bars can be somewhat healthy, most of these bars are ultra processed and full of sugar and unhealthy fats. Instead, have a handful of nuts and a piece of fruit for a healthy meal replacement or try one of our Skinny Jane Shakes, which are full of healthy protein and are guaranteed to keep you full for longer.
- Infused Waters. A product that is quickly growing in popularity, these supposedly healthy beverages that are said to have added vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are usually no more than another sugar-fortified drink full of empty calories. Instead of falling into the trap of these drinks, add some fresh fruit to your tap water for some extra flavor and take a daily multivitamin.
It is becoming more and more common for marketers to trick us into believing that their food is healthy, especially since weight loss and healthy weight is such a huge topic in our society. Don't let yourself fall into their traps of supposed "weight loss foods". Make sure when you are grocery shopping you at least look at the sugar and sodium content of what you are purchasing, as these are both two of the biggest contributors to unwanted belly fat.
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