August 18, 2014

Do you really think these foods are healthy?

For those of you who decided to start a rapid fat loss goal, be aware. Check out these foods that claim to be healthy but will sabotage your weight loss efforts. 

Wraps

They seem to be healthy because the bread is thin. But they are so big they can suffice two people. The wrap alone can have about three hundred calories, since they are usually made with refined grains, instead of dietary fiber. Don’t let the color cheat you. The green spinach one has negligible amounts of spinach, something you can confirm by reading the label.  

Veggie Burgers

Real veggie burgers should be made out of real vegetables. But many frozen versions contain a lot of fillers like yeast, corn starch and other stuff to enhance flavor. Check the label and make sure each burger is less than 150 calories with 7 grams of protein at least. If it contains more than 10 grams of protein, then they are probably made with wheat gluten and soy protein instead of real vegetables.

Couscous

Couscous is made mainly of semolina flour, just like white pasta. You would rather have old fashioned pasta instead. A cup of couscous can be packed with 700 calories. Choose quinoa instead.

Gluten-Free Bread

Gluten free doesn’t mean low calorie or healthy either. These products are intended for those with gluten intolerance, and, to enhance flavor, these are loaded with sugar, sodium and refined grains. As they lack of whole grains, you are missing essential nutrients like fiber and vitamins. Look for whole grain breads.

Taco Salad

Taco Salad only looks like a healthy choice. These are generally served on a tortilla shell made out of refined flours and also deep fried. They are loaded with meat, sour cream and guacamole, which are high fat ingredients. Remember that having some lettuce or being called salad doesn’t mean they have to be healthy. Watch the dressing they use, which can also have a lot of fat. Order the dressing separately.   

Any rapid effort requires not only workout, but carefully watching your diet too!

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