I recently wrote a healthy tip article on eight go-to foods to help you feel energized all day. Now I’m going to give you diets foods that can wreck your diet!! I’ve been keeping an ongoing list for a while and decided to send about 5 foods each week for you to read about and absorb. In the end, you should see about 15 foods from me that can wreck your diet.
You know what drives me crazy? When one of my clients who is sincerely trying to eat better tells me she’s bought a product packaged with a wholesome-sounding buzzword such as low-fat, sugar-free or all-fruit. It’s a shame that common labels can mislead the public. Instead of saving you tons of fat or calories, they too often trick you into the opposite. Before you get tricked, read my list of some of the worst “diet food” imposters and see what’s really a healthy choice.
Instead, try four reduced-fat Triscuits, made from whole wheat, at 2 g fiber
2. Trail mix – The blend of nuts, seeds and dried fruit sounds like a healthy snack and it’s rich in heart-smart fats and fiber
Surprise! A little 6-oz pack has six servings and each 3-tablespoon serving is at least 130 calories. A whole snack-size bag can add up to 800 calories! For less than 550 calories, you could have ham and swiss on rye with lettuce, tomato, and light mayo, some baby carrots and an apple.
Instead, Have just 1 oz (1/4 cup) at snack time. How about using a tiny paper bathroom cup for measuring.
3. Chicken or Turkey dogs – Compared with fatty pork or beef franks, shouldn’t poultry franks be the way to go if you are watching your weight.
Surprise! These dogs can include the skin and fat of the bird and may range from 10 to 17 g fat and 100 to 185 calories each.
Instead, Avoid hot dogs all together. You never know what is in them!!
4. Reduced-fat peanut butter – Isn’t this the ideal way to have your peanut butter and still cut calories and lose weight?
Surprise! Check the label. Regular and reduced fat peanut butter have the same number of calories per serving because any fat that’s removed is replaced by corn syrup solids; and calories count, no matter where they come from.
Instead, Buy the natural brand instead of the commercial brand. Also, carefully measure your 2 tablespoons and enjoy them with your favorite jam.
5. Salad dressing in single cups – Seems like products such as Hidden Valley’s single cups of light ranch dressing would be a dieter’s godsend.
Surprise! The label serving size is 2 tablespoons at 80 calories and 7 g fat each, which doesn’t sound bad; but each “single cup” contains 2 ½ servings. That’s 200 calories and 17.5 g fat. For that, you could have had four Oreos!!
Instead, don’t pour the whole cup of dressing on your salad, try the fork-dip-spear approach. Dip your fork into the dressing, spear some salad, then eat. Toss out the leftover dressing.