You've carefully planned your diet full of healthy veggies and protein bars. You've started a new workout routine. You've done everything you're supposed to, but for some reason you're still not losing any weight. What's going on? If you're eating any of the 10 foods listed below, you may be sabotaging your own diet without even knowing it.
Granola - Granola is often touted for its healthiness. But, despite its reputation as great health food, granola is often anything but. The problem is in the calories – up to 500 per serving! – not to mention the sugar. If you do feel the need to munch on some granola, be sure to stick to a high fiber, low sugar variety. And, even then, watch the calories. You're probably taking in more than you think.
Starbucks Frappuccino - Everyone needs a little energy boost throughout the day. But if you're getting yours from a Starbucks Frappuccino, or other similar blended coffee drink, you're getting a lot more than just a dose of caffeine. Some Frappuccinos contain as much as half a day's worth of sugar and fat. Stick to a regular cup of coffee if you can; if you have to have a blended coffee drink, go with a Frappuccino Light.
Flavored Yogurt - A lot of people think that flavored yogurt can fit into their diet plan as long as they stick with a fat-free variety. But this just isn't the case. Even fat-free flavored yogurt is loaded with unhealthy amounts of sugar – up to 16 g in a tiny 6 oz. serving.
Dried Fruit - But fruits are healthy and full of vitamins, right? Yes, they are, but companies regularly add sugar and sulfur to their dried fruit. Fresh fruit is always a better option – it doesn't have any of additives, and usually has less calories.
Energy Drinks - Believe it or not, energy drinks aren't regulated by the FDA, which means that there are no health standards that they have to meet with their ingredients. And, one look at the ingredients list of any random energy drink will tell you everything you need to know: lots of sugar, and almost nothing healthy. If you need to hydrate, go with water. It gives you a much healthier energy boost, without the crash later, once your body burns through all the sugar in that can of Red Bull.
Smoothies - A home-made smoothie is a healthy, delicious drink. A smoothie made in a store or a restaurant, on the other hand, is probably loaded with fats, sugars, and other diet-busting ingredients. It's definitely worth the time to make your own to get your daily smoothie fix.
Fish Sandwich - Fish is a healthy, protein-laden food that tends to have much less fat than your average red meat. But when breaded, fried, and put into a fish sandwich full of fatty tartar sauce and a carbohydrate-heavy bun, all of fish's health benefits disappear. Stick to grilled fish with a bit of rice and veggies, instead.
Wraps - Wraps used to be seen as a staple of the health food industry. But, no matter how many veggies and lean meats you put into one, you can't get around the fact that your average tortilla has between 400 to 800 calories, all by itself.
Low-Fat Muffins - Remember what we said about fat-free yogurt? The same thing applies to fat-free muffins – just because they've had the fat removed doesn't meant they aren't loaded with sugar. Muffin manufacturers add more sugar to their fat-free muffins than they do their regular ones, in order to add taste that gets lost when the fat is taken out.
Diet Soda - It's no secret that just having "diet" in the name doesn't necessarily make foods healthy, but diet soda comes with an extra caveat. In addition to all the sugars and preservatives they're taking in, studies have found that people are likely to eat more calories than usual after drinking a diet soda. For your daily dose of protein, there's no better option than Promax energy bars. Look around our website today to place an order or find a store near you.