Devils in Disguise

Devil in DisguisePotential diet downfalls lurk everywhere. Many foods that tout healthy benefits are actually hiding some unhealthy secrets (think: added sugars).

Sneaky Suspects

  • Energy bars are often highly processed and full of sugar.
  • Salad dressings may have added sugars, coloring agents and flavor enhancers. Make your own vinaigrette dressing with oil and vinegar.
  • Gluten free does not mean healthy. GF pasta, crackers and snacks often use less nutrient-dense flours and fat in place of gluten. Of course, avoid gluten if you have a medical reason to do so! 
  • Instant oats are filled with added sugars and have less fiber and protein per serving.
  • Packaged deli meats can be lean, but are often full of added salt and high in sodium.
  • Agave nectar, even though it’s not as processed as table sugar, is a form of added sugar. 
  • Fat-free foods may not actually be healthy. For example, gummy bears are fat free, but they don’t have “good” calories, meaning other nutrients to balance out the sugar high.

Misguided Myths

  • Celery is a zero-calorie food. 

The Truth: Celery is a low-calorie food, and you burn a few calories when you chew and digest it. However, eating large amounts of celery won’t push your net calorie count to the negative side.

  • Calories consumed at night are more fattening than those eaten in the morning. 

The Truth: Calories are calories.

  • Microwave cooking zaps nutrients. 

The Truth: Cooking food in the microwave is one of the best ways to retain a food's vitamins and minerals, if it’s done right. 

  • All carbs are bad. 

The Truth: To lose weight, you need a well-balanced diet with exercise. 

Trustworthy Tips

  • Hydrate with water; limit soda, sports drinks and juices.
  • Eat veggies first, and then move on to the rest of your meal.
  • Choose healthy fats such as avocado, almond butter and olive oil.
  • Eat more fish.
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol. Alcohol can keep you from dropping the pounds.