You work out every day and are committed to getting results. You shun alcohol and never buy takeaway. You resist potato chips and do your best to eat well. But no matter what you do, you can’t lose those stubborn last few kilos.
Did you ever consider that your ‘healthy’ diet may be holding you back?
We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 ‘healthy’ food tricksters – the ones who quietly sabotage your results while parading around as great food choices.
- Trail Mix
Trail mix is a common go to snack that curbs hunger and feels like a good choice. The problem is that pre-packaged trail mix can be loaded with sugars, excess salt, and preservatives, along with high-fat nuts like peanuts. Try to stick to a simple mix of almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas and craisins – the best thing to do is make it yourself, and remember, trail mix is nutrient dense. Serving sizes are small – don’t go back for more or the kilos will pile on.
We know that hummus is a fantastic and nutritious dip loaded with protein, heart-healthy fats, and fibre. It’s not inherently bad, the problem lies in how much of it we eat. Have you ever looked at the serving size on the back of the container? When was the last time you actually only ate the recommended serving size of two tablespoons? It’s really hard! We suggest you buy some small containers and divvy up the dip into the correct portion size – this will help you from eating the whole tub!
- Store Bought Fruit Juice
I’m sure you’ve heard that you should eat your fruit, not drink it. That is because fruit juice is not a great way to get your daily fruit intake requirements.
Fruit is high in sugar – which is why most healthy juice is heavy on the vegies and light on the fruit. A glass of orange juice contains the juice of around 6 oranges which is easy to drink but it’s hard to eat. Store bough juice almost always contains added sugar, which means they are asking, would you like some sugar with your sugar? No thanks! Stick to fresh fruit only.
Post-work out smoothies are the best, but two or three smoothies a day is a problem. While they function as a deliciously creamy meal in a cup, and the true that they have some redeeming qualities (nutrients and fibre from whole fruits), they can quickly turn into a sugar and calorie nightmare. Avoid this trap by keeping your ratio of vegetables to fruit 3:1 or more. For example, a smoothie recipe with one banana, two handfuls of spinach, and a couple of sticks of celery and almond milk is a great combo. You can also add in a scoop of greens superfood powder to give yourself an extra boost of nutrients and energy!
- Protein Bars
Your favourite protein bar could actually be a candy bar in disguise. Their labels can be sneaky and misleading. Often full of saturated fats and hidden sugars, make sure you read the label carefully otherwise you’ll end up consuming junk calories. If you are desperate to eat one, try to keep each bar to 150 calories or under.
As you would expect, here at Move Health and Fitness, we promote a healthy clean diet and encourage you to be mindful of everything you put in your mouth. And remember, everything in moderation.
If you need any help or guidance with your diet to help you achieve your goals, contact us