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Five ‘Diet’ Foods That Make You Put Weight On

Healthy Eating

Have you been dieting and still struggling to see the results you want?

Here are a few ‘diet’ foods you may be eating that are jeopardizing your efforts to slim down.

  • Breakfast cereals

Breakfast Cereals are one of the worst foods you can eat. They are loaded with sugar and filled with processed carbohydrates, that send your body on an insulin roller coaster allowing you to store fat more easily.

Opt for a healthier choice such as energy boosting porridge or protein packed scrambled eggs.

  • Low Fat Yogurt

Low fat yogurts are highly processed foods. When all the fat is removed from the product it becomes tasteless. Manufacturing companies add in lots of sugars, high fructose corn syrup and other artificial sweeteners to most of their ‘low-fat’ produce.

Always go for a full fat natural or greek yogurt, which is high in protein and also rich in taste.

  • Fruit Juices

Although fruit juices may be marked as your ‘five a day’ they are filled with sugars and chemicals that create an insulin spike in your body.

The problem with fruit juice, is that it loses all the good stuff like fiber in the juice making process.

Despite whole fruits being a natural source of fructose they are also full of fibrous cells, which slow down the release of sugar and do not allow you to store fat as quickly.

The best way to keep yourself hydrated is by drinking plenty of water, if you find the taste too bland add in a slice of lemon or some fresh berries.

  • Gluten Free Junk Food

Gluten free foods have become very popular these days. The food manufacturing companies have jumped on the bandwagon and introduced a huge range of gluten free ‘junk food’ products. Although it’s gluten free the products are still made with highly refined carbohydrates, sugars and other chemicals.

Say NO to junk food, whether it’s normal or gluten free version.

  • Trail Mixes

Trail mixes are a great source of energy and are best eaten before or after an intensive workout, not as your 11am snack.

They usually consist of a mixture of dried fruit and nuts, occasionally you may find some chocolate covered raisins or peanuts.

These tasty goodies are packed with carbs and are very high in fats, which is a bad combination if you are trying to lose weight.

Swap your trail mix for a handful of almonds and an apple or a tablespoon of hummus with some carrot sticks.

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