It’s difficult enough to go on a diet as it is, as there are a lot of tempting foods around. But to make things worse, there are some so-called diet and fat free foods that make you fat. I have compiled a list of these foods so you don’t end up buying them by mistake.
I know that this will come as a shock because yogurt has always been regarded as a mainstay in diets. But the truth is that even plain yogurt has 15 grams of sugar for every cup. This is equal to four teaspoons of sugar.
- Avoid those fruit with yogurt desserts that have corn syrup.
- Choose plain low fat yogurt and mix it in with a teaspoon of honey, fruit spread or maple syrup.
- Go for Greek yogurt as they’re fat free. Their sugar content is less than plain yogurt and has twice the protein amount so you feel full.
- While some yogurt can be unhealthy, they’re still generally healthy as long as they don’t have corn syrup.
2. Sugar Free Candy and Cookies
Candies and cookies advertised as sugar free have lots of fat. A single chocolate chip cookie might have 160 calories as well as sorbitol, which will make you susceptible to diarrhea. An alternative is to eat graham crackers instead as they’re healthier. There are also other healthy alternatives, or just avoid altogether.
3. Trail Mix
If you hike often then you know this one, but consider this: an ounce of banana chips has ten grams of fat. Also, yogurt topped with raisins has kernel oil and also trans fats. You can replace them with raisins, apricots and some nuts. There are also healthier alternatives that you can choose.
4. Vegetable Chips
Vegetable chips have at least 10 grams of fat and more than 150 calories. Also, some potato chips are not really veggies but just have food coloring and flour.
Here are some tips to help you out went shopping:
- Ensure the chips really have vegetables and that it is listed as the main ingredient.
- Go for some baked tortilla and half a cup of salsa.
- Avoid those potato chips that are salty as they contain too much sodium.
- These tips also hold true for other snacks that claim they have veggies as the main ingredients.
- Read the nutrition label carefully. These chips may highlight their vitamin A or vitamin C content, but they actually have a lot of calories.
A cup of granola has 28 g of fat and more than 350 calories. One way to reduce your intake is to avoid granola at restaurants since you have no control over the amount you serve. I think it’s better to just enjoy them at home and prepare a 1/4 cup of granola and add it to whole grain cereal.
American sushi rolls are filled with high calorie stuffing like shredded cheese, cream and mayonnaise among others. In fact half a dozen pieces of sushi have 20 g of fat and 500 calories.
To avoid this, I just stick with basic sushi ingredients like vegetables, seaweed, rich and fish and avoid the cream sauce. Rather than sushi you might want to go for nigiri (rice with raw fish) and sashimi (rice with sliced raw fish) as they’re healthier.
Some edamane will make you feel full as it’s full of protein. One of the reasons why many people like Japanese food are so popular is that a lot of people think they’re healthy. The real Japanese food is healthy, but some of the ones sold in American stores are filled with unhealthy ingredients.
Smoothies have fruits yes but you also get calories as well as about 20 grams of fat. In fact some smoothies pack as much as 500 calories. To avoid high calorie mixtures steer clear from granola, peanut butter, sorbet, sherbet and frozen yogurt. A lot of smoothies are advertised as being fat free and healthy, but not all of them are, so avoid those.
The Top 5 Diet Foods That Make You Fat
- Flavored Soy Milk – soy is full of potassium and protein but if it contains chocolate or vanilla it will have 50 calories and 10 g of sugar for every cup. To avoid health problems, just stick to regular soy milk.
- Non 100% Whole Wheat Bread – make sure the bread is 100% whole wheat as it might have enriched flour. Watch out for enriched flour as it might cause your blood sugar to shoot up. You can avoid this by buying 100% whole wheat bread and rich in fiber.
- Ground Turkey – a 3 ounce ground turkey has skin and fat, and a 3 ounce can has 13 g of fat. You can easily end up getting 40% of the cholesterol daily limit.
- Diet Drinks – those zero calorie drinks, according to a study at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, causes people to gain weight since the taste makes them want to drink more. If you must have diet soda, drink it only occasionally.
- Fat Free Salad Dressing – Research at the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who just eat fat free salad dressing don’t get beta-carotene or lycopene, both of which are necessary to enhance your body.
An alternative is to opt for reduced dressing as they have canola, olive and other oils. An alternative is to prepare your own by combining a couple of teaspoons of olive oil, minced garlic, and half a teaspoon of Dijon mustard.
This list of so-called fat free foods that really make you fat goes to show how tricky it can be to go on a diet. But I’m not saying you shouldn’t go on a diet anymore, but to just be more careful. Now that you know these foods can be unhealthy, you can strike them off your diet or reduce your intake of them.