Most of the fattening food items that you consider healthy may, in fact, impair your efforts in losing weight. Knowing which ones they are is important to be able to remove them from your diet.
7 Foods That are Highly Fattening:
1. Doughnuts and Cookies
Doughnuts and cookies contain high amounts of refined flour, sugar, and added fats. These foods can be very high in calories. To keep your weight in check, limit your intake.
If you get a cookie craving, go for a single, small serving and not a giant cookie or the whole pack.
This can help you in enjoying a treat, while limiting the amount of excess sugar and calories you consume.
Also, an average medium-sized doughnut may contain about 200 calories. While, some glazed doughnuts contain more than 300 calories.
For optimal weight and health, doughnuts should be avoided as much as possible.
2. Fruit Juice
Fruit juice is most often seen as a healthy choice. But, most commercial brands contain just as much sugar as those of sugary soda. Also, they lack the nutrients and fiber found in whole fruits.
Drinking excessive amounts of fruit juice has been associated to an increased risk of obesity, most especially in children.
Whole fruit is a better, much healthier and more weight loss friendly choice than fruit juice.
If you want to add fruit juice into your diet, choose unsweetened, 100% fruit juice, but, keep your portion size to a maximum of 5 oz or 150 ml daily.
3. Light Diet Products
Contrary to what you might think, light diet products are one of the most most fattening food out there. It’s very common to find all kinds of cool looking brands offering their light and regular versions.
In general, you will choose the light one because, well, they are light, right? It says so in the can! But, most “light” products are usually loaded with fat, sodium, and other toxic, artificial sweeteners in order to compensate for the loss of flavor of the one ingredient they decreased.
4. Ice Cream
Most commercially made ice cream is loaded with sugar. And because it is often consume as a dessert, ice cream can add lots of extra calories into your meal.
If you enjoy ice cream, it’s probably better to have it as an occasional treat.
To choose a healthier ice cream, go for one with less than 15 grams of sugar per serving. Also, watch your portion sizes.
5. Processed Cereals
Processed cereals are also considered as fattening food. Television ads have trained us to eat them every morning, and tell us they are very healthy. But, in reality, they are an obstacle to our well-being, most especially if we are trying to lose weight.
Processed cereals contain huge amounts of toxic artificial sweeteners, fats and refined sugar. We will not even get into the rest of the ingredients they contain.
If you like cereal, it is better to go for natural ones such as quinoa, oats, and wheat bran. You can add nuts, fresh fruits and 100% honey. But, regardless of how healthy your ingredients may be, always be aware of the amount you consume. Moderation is important, as even an excess of water could kill you.
Buckwheat is a great source of fiber for individuals with gluten intolerance or celiac disease.
6. Sausages and Red Meats
Sausages and red meats are fattening foods. Yes they are rich sources of protein and iron, but, they also provide saturated fats. These fats can generate various problems when consumed in large amounts.
Saturated fats increase bad cholesterol levels, and also promote the onset of cardiovascular diseases. Also, these fats accumulate quickly in certain areas of your body, such as the legs and belly.
If you cannot live without them, then at least avoid consuming them fried: choose grill or roast. Whatever your cooking method, just remember not to add more fat to them.
7. Sugar-Sweetened Coffee
Coffee can be a healthy beverage. But, coffee sweetened with added syrup or sugar can contain as much sugar as a can of coke.
Like soda, regularly drinking these sugar-sweetened beverages could have disastrous effects on your health and waistline.
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