A healthy diet is an essential part of losing weight and getting fit but often, despite our best intentions, we end up eating more calories than we thought! Here are five so-called healthy foods that can actually make you gain weight.
Fresh fish, seaweed and vegetables are about as low fat as you can get. But as we all know there’s more to sushi than just these! Add in the rice, the fried tempura batter and the creamy sauces and before you know it you’re eating a whole load of calories without even realising.
Low fat microwave meals
If you’re trying to cut calories, opting for low fat microwave meals seems like an obvious choice. There’s no fuss, no spending hours in the kitchen and you’re getting a healthy, nutritious meal – or so you think. Because the makers of these meals have to keep them low in fat they usually add a lot of salt to make them taste better – and salt can make you bloated. Try to eat fresh foods instead.
Think healthy foods and you’ll probably automatically think of salads. And, if made correctly, salads certainly can be healthy. The problem is many of them are not made correctly. Indeed, some shop bought salads are loaded with dressings and sauces that actually make them more fattening than a lot of other options. Check the label before you buy!
If you’re in the habit of having sugar in your tea or coffee it can be difficult to give it up. As such, many people choose artificial low-fat sweeteners in their hot drinks when they’re trying to be healthy. However, research has shown this may not be a good idea. Studies have suggested when the body tastes the sweetener it prepares for a large intake of calories and when these don’t come it either makes you eat more or it burns less energy. Stick to sugar but try to cut down.
It’s breakfast time and what you really, really want is a big bacon sandwich – two slices of thick white, buttered bread with loads of crispy bacon and lashing of ketchup. But you are trying to be healthy so you shun the idea of a delicious fried breakfast and instead opt for a bowl of healthy breakfast cereal. Or, at least, you thought it was healthy. In a recent study by Which? it was discovered that some so called healthy cereals actually contain more fat per bowl than a bacon sandwich. So before you opt for cereal over a hot breakfast be sure to check the nutritional value of it.