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These 15 'healthy' foods are hurting your weight loss goals
These items are usually dubbed as 'healthy' but they do way more harm than good.
Rose Ann Dabu
06.02.21

There are many ways to lose weight. And if this is your goal, you should know that the food you eat has a huge effect on your aim.

If you’re willing to cut calories and eat healthy food, then you might achieve your ideal weight. Of course, don’t forget the importance of regular exercise, too.

We have to be more careful with the food that we eat.

It turns out that there are deceiving ‘health’ foods. We thought that they beneficial for us but are actually “worst” for weight loss according to experts.

We listed 15 of them and you might want to check them out:

1. Keto Ice Cream

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According to Eat This, Not That, keto ice cream has high fat and calorie content – which is not ideal if you’re trying to lose weight. It may be low in carbs but reducing your calorie intake is an effective way to lose weight according to Chron.

2. Gluten-Free Bread

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Gluten-free bread is actually not recommended if you’re losing weight. According to Active, gluten-free bread is usually “higher in calories, fat, and sugar and lower in fiber”.

They even compared a gluten-free bread with a gluten-containing one. You can check the comparison here.

3. Fast Food Salads

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Many people rely on salad when they want to be healthier and to reduce weight. But if there are healthy salads there are also ones that are not that good.

If you’ve tried fast-food or restaurant salads, you know that they are tasty and there’s no doubt about that. It’s just that they tend to have high calories, saturated fat, and sodium.

4. Dried Fruits

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Dried fruits are undoubtedly healthy. But you can’t really expect that it would help you a lot if you want to lose weight. It’s because it has a high content of sugar and calories.

5. Premade or Fast-Food Smoothies

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When we just buy our food from restaurants or stores, we can’t really be sure about their content. It’s the same when it comes to smoothies. Usually, they are filled with high calories and sweeteners. So we have to make sure that we choose the right stores. It would also be better if you would just make your own smoothie and choose healthy ingredients.

6. Frozen Pizza

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Eat This, Not That explains that most famous brands of frozen pizzas have a high content of fat, sodium, and calories. All of these contents can affect our weight.

Checking the labels would help a lot. But if you want to make sure that you’re consuming healthy food, you might want to consider making your own.

7. Sushi

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Who doesn’t love sushi? If this is just a food that won’t make you fat then I would definitely eat it every day. Although it’s good food for a balanced diet, there also types of sushi that have a high content of fat because of the sauces and the coating of the tempura.

8. Granola

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Granola is actually nutritious. But if you’re trying to lose weight, we suggest you remove it from your list of food to eat. According to The Healthy, a half-cup of granola already contains 200 to 300 calories. What more if you would put some yogurt or fruit, right?

9. Sugar-free Candy

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When we hear that a food is sugar-free, we tend to consume many of it because we think that it won’t affect our weight or health. But being sugar-free doesn’t mean that it has no calories or fat. Just like sugar-free candies.

10. Wraps

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Wraps are also among those foods that can be deceiving. They may look thin or filled with vegetables but the wrap itself tend to have high calories. If you want it to be weight-loss friendly, you can find wraps with low carbs and calories but rich in fiber.

11. Acai Bowls

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The thing is you have to be wise in buying acai bowls. If you want to make some at home, be mindful of the ingredients that you put. You can check out Pure Green to know the things that you want to consider if you’re looking for a healthy acai bowl. One of these things is checking the sugar content.

12. Diet Soda Drink

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Diet soda sounds great to many of us. I mean, it sounds healthy. Don’t you agree? According to EatingWell, the calorie content of diet drinks may be lower than the regular soda drink but that doesn’t guarantee that it could lose weight.

13. Coconut oil

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Perhaps you’ve already seen or heard somewhere about the benefits of coconut oil. But when it comes to losing weight, it’s not an ideal one. It’s because one tablespoon of this oil already contains 120 calories.

14. Premade Cocktail Mixes

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Cocktail mixes are truly refreshing. And these drinks may look healthy but they are actually not especially for our diet plans. These are actually rich in calories and sugar.

15. Frappuccinos

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If you love frappuccinos, this might be a bit disappointing for you especially if you want to lose weight. In fact, a single serving of frappuccinos has high calories. If you would check the content of a 16-ounce Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks, you’ll see that it contains 380 calories.

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By Rose Ann Dabu
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Rose Ann Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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