10 “Healthy” Snacks to AVOID for Weight Loss
You know what you’ve been dieting hard… you deserve some healthy snacks. Why don’t you grab a handful of almonds, an energy bar, and wash it down with a fruit smoothie? It’s healthy for you…….Or is it? I’m willing to bet that you’ve been duped into thinking that you can lose weight or body fat with at least one “healthy” snack that I’m going to talk about today. There’s so much misinformation about nutrition that I’ve been able to come up with 10 so-called healthy snacks that claim to be good for weight loss or toning up but in reality, they’re actually just sabotaging your fat loss efforts. Now I want you to keep in mind that any kind of food can be incorporated into your diet plan. Even the unhealthy ones, however, these Foods are deceiving because they’re claiming to be healthy but really they have tons of hidden calories Let’s Jump Right In with number one and that’s Nuts….this one is huge.
So many people are messing up their diet plan right now with either almonds cashews peanuts walnuts and whatever other types of nut. The truth is that nuts are very calorically dense so it’s very easy to overeat and then gain weight. Whenever we think of something as healthy we kind of just allow ourselves free reign on it. A Handful of nuts isn’t gonna tip the scale but if your like a lot of the clients that I work with you’re gonna start with one handful and that’s gonna lead to two handfuls, and oh just one more handful cause its healthy and then you wind up storing all those excess calories as fat. Nuts are just one of those snacks that are so easily accessible and you can take them with you anywhere so it’s very easy to just mindlessly reach in and eat and eat and overeat. If you still want to have nuts as a snack then truly limit it to only one handful a day try to go for a really good type of nut like the Walnut and make sure that it’s not roasted or messed with in any way.
Up next we have dried fruit. I honestly don’t even understand how people think that all dried fruit is unanimously healthy for you because it comes from real fruits. A lot of dried fruits are sweetened with added sugar. And a lot of times they try to disguise the sugar with ingredients like juice concentrate or brown rice syrup or honey. This UPS the calorie count without adding any kind of nutritional value. On top of that even with unsweetened dried fruit you still have the same problem as the nuts. Due to the fact that the fruit is dried, it shrinks during the dehydration process as the water is removed. So a cup of dried cranberries is gonna have way more calories than a cup of real cranberries. Actually, three times more and the sweetened fruit will be three times more than that. For you to feel full of a cup of real Cranberries or dried cranberries it’s going to take up the same amount of volume in your stomach. It’ll feel the same but with dried fruit your eating at least three times the number of calories. Dried fruit does contain a lot of good nutrients so if you do still want to have dried fruit as a snack definitely go for the unsweetened ones and stick to only one handful.
Next are smoothies and you better believe that having a smoothie as a snack can easily pack on body fat if done wrong. If you’re going to cram your blender full of a bunch of healthy fruits blend it up call it an antioxidant smoothie and drink it you might as well be drinking a chocolate milkshake. I’m kidding but calorie-wise if you add enough fruit your healthy fruit smoothie can easily have just as much if not more sugar than a milkshake. If you want to have smoothies in your diet plan as snacks or for the nutritional boost they give you then try to stick to mostly green smoothies. You can add one fruit into your smoothie like a granny smith apple would be great or half a banana for taste but if you overkill it on the fruit I’m telling you right now you’re gonna spike your insulin levels and you’re gonna have a really difficult time burning fat. The next late night snack is wine. Check this out…. when you truly have just one serving of wine… you know the one serving that’s supposed to be great for your heart health, for that serving size you would fill up the wine glass right to the part where it starts to curve up. However, let’s be real here what do most people do. We fill up the wine glass until it’s full and guess what?
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