Nutrition is the most important thing when it comes to losing weight and getting fit.
However, even though I try to eat healthy most of the time, I usually make a mistake every now and then.
And I have no problem with cheat meals when I intentionally reach for the food I am not supposed to eat.
What I have a huge problem with is the food I thought was healthy and turned out it’s actually not.
This has happened to me so many times, mainly because most of these so-called health products are not as healthy as they sound.
And I know how frustrating is to think you’re doing everything right, yet you are making these mistakes that just hold you back.
Usually feels like going one step forward, two steps back.
To make it easier for you, I’ll list you these foods you think are healthy and they’re actually not.
You might want to avoid if you’re trying to clean up your diet.
Let’s bust some ‘health’ foods and make sure we reach for the right substitute next time.
Bananas are so delicious, and I personally feel like they are an essential part of my diet.
They are a great source of many nutrients including potassium, magnesium, and B6, and they are an amazing source of healthy energy.
I love them from green to brown, however, turns out the greener the better.
When it’s overripe, like most fruits, the banana loses its nutrients and turn into pure starch.
It’s far from cheat meal, however, if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle you might want to avoid it when ripe.
Too Much Fruit
Yes, it’s fruit. Yes, it’s natural and healthy.
However, sugar is still sugar, and too much of it on a daily basis can ruin your weight loss efforts.
In my nutrition guide The Hungry Fit Girl, I explain why you should be careful with how much fruit you consume on a daily basis.
It’s still better than eating a cake, however, you’ll have to watch your portions.
Even though they have this “all healthy and natural” packages, energy bars can be loaded with sugars and artificial sweeteners.
Some of them can be great for loading you up with energy for your upcoming workout, but I’ll choose a piece of fruit to do that for me every time.
Words like “multigrain,” “wheat,” and “8 grain” may sound healthy, however, that’s not the case 90% of the time.
Most loaves of bread labeled as multigrain actually contain refined grains too.
So, make sure to read the label and make sure your bread is clean before reaching out for a multigrain bread.
Instant oatmeal packages are not the way to go if you want to have a healthy and balanced breakfast.
They are overprocessed and flavored with more sugar and sodium than regular rolled or steel cut oats.
So, make sure to get your own whole rolled oats, and flavor them yourself with fresh fruits and clean nut butter.
It’s way healthier and a better option when it comes to maintaining a balanced life.
You can find plenty of recipes in my meal plan Burn Baby Burn.
I’m so sorry to break this one up for all of you couscous lovers out there, but couscous is really just a tiny pasta.
Meaning, it’s refined grain pretty similar in nutrients to white pasta.
So if you really love couscous, make sure to look for whole-wheat couscous, or just switch it up for a healthier whole grain like quinoa.
Of course, fruit by itself is healthy. But the dried versions, not that much.
Once dried, it’s concentrated with sweetness and shrinks in size, making it more likely for people to eat more of it.
Plus, it’s really hard to find unsweetened dried fruit on the market.
Well, for starters, liquids are easily digestible and they are processed by our body within a minute. This means that the sugars kick in faster then if the body has to process them itself.
This way our body barely burns calories for chewing and digestion.
This would be perfect if you’re looking for a fast way to energize right before your workout, but if you are in the game for weight loss AVOID FRUIT JUICE for good!
Not to mention the fact that when you drink an 8-ounce glass of (let’s say) orange juice, you’re consuming the juice of four medium-sized oranges in literally seconds.
Compare this to how long it would take to eat four oranges, and you can quickly see how eating the fruit in its whole form is always a better idea.
Maple, agave, honey… you may think they are healthy but they are basically a substitute for sugar.
They may be a better option than white sugar, however, this doesn’t change the fact that they are still loaded with sugar.
So, yes, you should avoid fast-digesting sugars as much as you can if you want to make the best out of your weight loss.
Yes, granola oats have “healthy looking” packages and actually deliver impressive nutrients.
But along with these benefits, granola can be very high in calories, oils and fats you don’t need.
Also, in order to stick the grains together, they usually use sugars and sweeteners that have healthy-sounding names but are still unhealthy.
So, unless you make your own homemade granola, make sure to avoid it.
Homemade soups may be a great way to flush out and just have a healthy “detox” every now and then.
However, this is not the case with packed instant soups, as they are not a healthy option at all.
Packaged soups do not carry half as many health benefits of natural soup simply because nutrition cannot be stored for such a long time.
Besides, all the preservatives used to improve the shelf life of these perishable goods destroys the antioxidant qualities of the vegetables, adding up on sodium and carbs.
So, make sure to cook your soups at home, or don’t have them at all.
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I hope I helped in learning a bit more about nutrition.
Let me know if you ever reached out for one or more of these ‘healthy’ foods, by commenting in the section below.
You can learn everything about nutrition in my nutrition guide The Hungry Fit Girl.
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