Once you make the decision to lose weight, you may begin switching out your favourite fatty foods for more healthy ones. Salads, smoothies and nuts are usually considered healthy, but did you know they can actually cause weight gain instead of loss? Below are 7 healthy foods that can actually make you fat.
Avocado: Although avocado is considered to be a super-food full of antioxidants, fiber, monounsaturated fats and nutrients, it is also full of calories. If you are looking to lose weight, you may need to keep a close eye on your avocado intake. A single serving (1/5th) of an avocado contains roughly 50 calories, with a whole avocado containing over 250. When enjoying dishes containing avocado, keep your serving sizes small.
Nuts: Nuts contains high amounts of protein, fiber, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, but are also high in fat and calories. fFor instance about 20 almonds can contain 150 calories. Always measure out a single serving size when snacking, and avoid eating directly from the container. This can help keep your caloric intake in check, and allow you to reap the heart-healthy benefits of nuts without adding inches to your waistline.
Dried fruit: Dried fruit is simply fresh fruit that has had the water removed. This results in a high concentration of fructose (sugar) and calories in a small amount of food. Dried fruit generally contains 8 times more sugar and calories than the same amount of fresh fruit. At times additional sugar is also added as preservative.
Smoothies: Fruit smoothies are promotes as one of the healthiest foods available. They can be extremely healthy when made of fresh fruit, almond milk and ice. However, most individuals add in peanut butter, flavored syrups and frozen yoghurt, which can add so many extra calories, their smoothie is no healthier than a standard milkshake.
Coffee: Coffee is proven to have many health benefits, such as protecting the brain against cell damage. If you drink your coffee with no additives, you are on the right track. By adding whole milk and sweetener, you could be consuming an additional 25 grams of fat and 300 calories on consuming 250ml about 4 times in a day.
Veggie burgers: If you are substituting veggie burgers for traditional beef ones in order to save a few calories, you may be surprised to know that by adding toppings such as cheese and mayo, that veggie burger can contain as much fat and calories as a traditional beef burger. A large bun, mayo, ketchup and cheese can easily add an additional 1,000 calories.
Salad: You may think you are making a wise decision to eat a salad for lunch if you are trying to lose weight. Although salads can be healthy, piling on salad dressing, cheese, croutons and nuts can make that once healthy salad more fattening than a large slice of pizza.
Could these be the culprits that hasn’t brought about the desired results in you after switching to the so- called healthy diet? Remember too much of those healthy food is also not healthy. Healthy eating habit is eating the right kind of food in right quantity at the right time.