Are These Diet Foods Making you Fat
By EliKingPT on April 23, 2013
When you are trying to lose weight, choosing the low fat option is a no brainer right? Unfortunately that isn’t always the case. Often, when manufacturers take out the fat they add in a whole bunch of other nasties that are not only extremely harmful to your health, but also end up in a higher calorie product.
It is important to remember that fat isn’t the bad guy here. I know that we have all been taught to limit out fat because its high in calories and can clog our arteries and blah blah blah. The truth is that we need to eat fat to lose fat. We have been eating low fat foods for 20-30 years – how come as a species we are still overweight and getting fatter and fatter by the minute? The human body is designed to eat real food. Low fat and other highly processed products aren’t doing us any favours.
Here is a list of foods that you should think twice about grabbing:
Yogurt: Often when they take out the fat they add in a bunch of sugar which ends up in a really high calorie product. Go for NATURAL Greek Yogurt. Check the ingredients it should be pretty much just Milk and Live Cultures. Then you can sweeten it at home with a little honey and fruit.
Diet Soft Drink: If you do just ONE thing for your health, please make it cutting out the soft drink. The artificial sweeteners wreak havoc on your body and have been linked to weight gain, ADHD, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, cell death in the brain, increases in appetite and sugar cravings and an increased risk of heart disease. These drinks are highly addictive, so try cutting down before moving on to giving it up completely. This should help to reduce your withdrawal symptoms. Try drinking herbal teas, lemon water and freshly squeezed juices and smoothies instead.
Artificial Sweetner: This falls under the same category as Soft Drink. I would much rather you had a couple of spoons of sugar instead. There are a few natural sweeteners out there that right now seem safe for consumption. This may change as more information & research comes out. But right now, Stevia seems to be a good option. Do your research, find out what the risks are, and then choose the best option for you. Having a couple of sugars in your coffee isn’t going to make you fat. Just keep it in moderation.
Sugar Free Treats: These may look like a great option, and some of them are. But just be aware of what they add in to replace the sugar. If the ingredients list is a bunch of things you don’t recognise then its definitely one to avoid. You are much better off baking yourself something at home, than ingesting all those chemicals.
Knowledge is power here guys. It’s important to look at the ingredients and make sure you’re not getting any extra nasties. Yes, this can be extremely confusing, annoying and frustrating to start with, but the more you do it the easier it gets. If you focus on eating real food that doesn’t come out of a packet then you can’t go wrong.
Weight loss isn’t all about calories in and calories out. Its about treating your body with respect, and feeding it nutritious food so it can do its job properly and release that excess body fat.
You Can do This!!