This is one of the things that annoys me most about the food industry. They package food that say things like “low fat” or “100 calories” and lead people on to think that they will lose weight after eating it or it is the healthier option. An obvious one is Diet Coke. We all know right now that people used to drink this thinking that it was better for them than regular Coca-Cola. It is a well-known fact that Diet Coke actually isn’t that healthy for you, but some of these aren’t as obvious.
1. Skinny Cow/Weight Watchers/Other Diet Products
These products do a good job of portion control so you don’t overeat. The problem is when they make sweets and treats using artificial sugar and even though their foods are low calorie, they rarely leave you feeling full and artificial sugars make you crave sugar because it tricked your body into thinking you were going to feed it something sweet.
2. Light Yogurt
The commercials for Yoplait Light make you believe that you are going to lose weight and still taste Key Lime Pie and the other flavors they made. Unfortunately they also used artificial sugar and fake flavorings. Also, fruit on the bottom yogurts usually have a ton of added sugar and preservatives so be cautious of that. You should make the swap-ortunity from a light yogurt to fresh fruit.
3. Sub sandwiches
Even though Subway says that they use all fresh ingredients, the bread in a subway sandwich is a huge diet buster. The processed wheat and sugars in the bread can sabotage your diet. Lunch meat can have unnatural flavors or preservatives and usually have a lot of sodium, too.
4. Protein bars
This one used to get me all of the time. At field hockey camp they fed us Powerbars to increase our energy and performance so I used to stock up on these. Many dieters hoard protein bars because they do keep you full for a very long time without eating as much food. That’s the problem. Instead of eating real, nutritious food, they are eating protein, fiber, and a ton of sugar.
5. Breakfast cereals
It’s obvious that Lucky Charms and Cap’n Crunch aren’t the best for us. We’re not fooled; we know Fruit Loops don’t have real fruit. But some of these cereals like Kashi and Mini Wheats are tricky. Special K, Fiber One, and all of these other health brands claim to be natural and eating their cereal will help you have a great, heathy start to your day. Not exactly. Most of these cereals do have some whole grains, fiber, maybe some bran. But they sweeten them so people will repurchase them thinking that they taste good are healthy. Even granola can be high in sugar and calories. The nutritional facts label can you trick you also by setting a smaller serving size than what you pour into your bowl.
This one is the saddest diet unfriendly food. The good thing is that not all smoothies are unhealthy. I used to go to Smoothie King thinking that I was super healthy and smart. Little did I know that a small smoothie was packed with sugar, calories, and carbs. Many places don’t use real fruit but fruit purée, powders, and juice. The easiest way to be healthy is to make your own smoothies. You can add kale and protein powder if you wish. I personally blend a little bit of spinach; you really can’t taste it at all.
6. Pre-packaged 100 calorie snack packs
This goes along with the first one. They are pre-packaged and portion controlled. They are only 100 calories as they claim to be. The problem is that these honestly do not have any nutritional value at all. 100 calories of almonds are worth more than 100 calories of cheez-its. I’m also starved after eating these, they’re almost like eating air. These are empty calories because you are not full or satisfied and you would’ve been better off eating something with a little bit of fat or fiber.
This one really shocked me. I watched a youtube video explaining why this is a diet buster. Cassandra Bankson reviewed a small container of sorbet vs ice cream. She found that the sorbet had twice as much sugar than the ice cream and less fat and calories. Basically the fat in the ice cream causes your blood sugar to spike less so your body produces less insulin for you to have to work off. This I have not researched into besides this one video so I cannot take credit for this. What I have researched is that fat takes longer to digest so you feel full longer after eating it. A bowl of ice cream is going to leave you more full than a bowl of sorbet which is basically sugar ice. Monounsaturated fat is not your enemy, but be wary of saturated and trans fats.