If you’re serious about losing weight fast, then great! You have the attitude and persistence necessary to meet your goals. However, the hardest part about losing weight isn’t actually losing weight. It’s the challenge of keeping it from returning and avoiding unhealthy food. We all know that too much junk food and fast food isn’t good for you, but what about foods that we normally associate as being healthy?
So many people fail to keep the weight off largely because there are foods marketed as being healthy which are anything but. Our team at Vortex Wellness has done the research and found the top 10 unhealthy “healthy” foods which are causing your weight to return with a vengeance.
Top 10 Unhealthy “Healthy” Foods for Weight Loss
This is a list of the top 10 most unhealthy foods out there which can be destroying your chances of achieving the weight results you want. Avoid these foods, and you’ll have a much easier time keeping the weight off.
1. Trail Mix
Nuts and fruit are packed with nutrients that have been shown to reduce the LDL or the “bad” cholesterol in your body. However, there are many added sugars and sodium with trail mix. It’s better to get plain, natural mixes with unsalted nuts and unsweetened fruits. Otherwise, eating trail mix is about as bad as having too much soda or ice cream.
Don’t be fooled by the supposed health benefits of many yogurt brands. Most yogurt comes with at least 15 grams of added sugar. Add in additional sugar from some of the preprocessed fruits, and you have a recipe for a weight loss catastrophe. Your best bet if you still want to eat yogurt is to find plain yogurt with no sugar and add your own fruit or honey. You also reduce the number of calories you take in from not buying yogurt with artificial flavors.
3. Energy Drinks
Think you’re getting all the Vitamin B12, Vitamin B, magnesium, and other essential nutrients from energy drinks? Well, think again! Energy drinks also have a dark side with the caffeine and sugar you’ll intake. Caffeine has been documented to increase blood pressure and prevent you from getting the sleep you need. Any positives you can gain from consuming energy drinks will be negated by all the unhealthy stuff you’re drinking with those.
4. Multigrain Bread
One of the fastest ways to get your blood pressure spiked up is by eating multigrain bread. Don’t be fooled by words like “multigrain” or “whole wheat.” These processed breads have refined grains and don’t have much of the fiber you need. Eating too much multigrain bread will make your cravings for food much worse!
5. Gluten-Free Food
Gluten free diets have been paraded in the media as a miracle for weight loss. Although some gluten free products are healthy, most of them have the same problems as processed food with a bunch of added carbohydrates, sugar, and fat. If you really want to have more gluten-free food as part of your diet, there’s a much simpler solution out there for you. It never hurts to go back to eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
6. Vegetable Pizza
Vegetables are healthy, right? Why not add them to pizza? Everyone loves pizza. Well, you have to be super careful when you eat vegetable pizza. Vegetable pizza from fast food joints is packed with grease and unhealthy oils which will foil your weight loss efforts. We recommend making your own pizza or getting one with thin crust if possible. Watch your calorie intake as always too!
7. Diet Soda
Let’s face it. Diet soda is still soda and still comes with a high amount of sodium. Some diet sodas also have aspartame added instead of sugar. Studies on aspartame show that it causes just as much weight gain as if you were to grab a regular can of Coke or Pepsi. Next time you go grocery shopping, skip the diet soda and go for water instead. You’ll feel more hydrated and energized from one of mother nature’s greatest resources.
8. Nutrient Bars
You’ve probably noticed a pattern with a lot of the foods we’ve covered in our list. Nutrient bars are no different. Unless you’re buying organic nutrient bars, you’ll have to deal extra calories and sugar. Some nutrient bars have over 200 calories and 8 grams of sugar, and that’s in just one serving. Stay away from nutrient bars and if you’re looking for a quick snack, consider healthier alternatives.
9. Fast Food Salads
A salad can either be good or bad for you. The salads you get from fast food restaurants, and restaurant chains fall into the same categories. Stay away from adding a lot of salad dressing, nuts, and croutons if you must go out to eat. Watch your calories and read every nutritional label. Salad dressing itself can come loaded with over 20 grams of fat. Pro-tip: Never squeeze the whole dressing packet onto your salad. You may want to squeeze fresh lime if you still want flavor but without all the fat and calories.
10. Fruit Snacks
There’s no substitute for the real thing. Fruit snacks do have some of the nutrients you need, but there’s a hidden cost. You’re also consuming a lot of added sugar. Once again, you can avoid this problem by eating real fruit instead.
Important Points to Remember
The greatest lesson to learn is learning avoid as many processed foods as possible. Unfortunately, many “healthy” foods are also processed. A general rule of thumb is if the thing you’re eating was produced in a factory, then you should probably avoiding having it as part of your diet at all. You shouldn’t need to rely on nutrition labels when you eat food that’s wholesome and healthy and recommended in the HCG diet like cauliflower, fennel, crab, and grilled chicken breast.
Call us at (866) 420-9453 if you’d like to speak with one of our weight loss specialists. We offer a free weight loss consultation and scheduling an appointment is quick and easy. We hope you take the advice given in this post to heart and be more vigilant in avoiding unhealthy, processed foods.