As a person who coaches all sort of people with different goals on a day to day basis it is important to me that each one of my clients aren’t getting discouraged during their journey, I want them to be seeing the results they want. And along their journey I want them to learn as much as possible too.
One thing i have noticed is that if you’re correctly exercising on regular enough basis, getting enough rest and you still not seeing results you want, it’s time to take a look closer to your diet. Like the old saying goes “you can’t out train a bad diet’, so you take a look at your diet and according to you, you are eating “healthy”. But are you really? As with all foods what may be considered healthy may not always be the smartest option for weight loss.
Below I have listed 5 foods that can be classified as healthy but when eaten in large quantities can derail your fat loss progress.
1) Trail mix
Trail mix is a tricky one for a healthy food shopper. It’s made with nuts and seeds, which we know to be healthy because of their abundance of good fats and essential vitamins and nutrients. But a packet of trail mix is high in fat, and at 9 calories per gram, and most pre packaged train mix snacks are more than 1 single serve which means before you know it you have exceeded your calorie intake.
2) Granola/Muesli bars
These bars contain various nuts, fruits, protein, organic this, natural that, What’s not to love? All that sugar, that’s what. Not to mention their also high in calories. Granola/Muesli aren’t very filling so you can be deceived into eating more than just 1 at a time which is where most people lose the plot. Instead look for bars that are low in sugars and high in protein and only stick to 1 bar as a snack.
3) Smoothies/Fresh fruit juices
The amount of sugar in fruit is extremely high. So naturally the mixture of fruits and other ingredients as well as the extra preservatives and additives that are put into these drinks in order to make them taste better make them a deceivingly high-calorie snack. A better alternative for a healthy drink would be to simply just stick to water. If, however you are tired of drinking water over and over again consider adding BCAAs to your water or buying zero calorie and sugar-free flavour drops to add to the water.
Its raw fish right, that’s good for me. Well yes, but the majority of sushi comes wrapped in a thick layer of rice which has sugar mixed in the rice to enhance the flavour. What’s more is the amount of sauces that come with it. If you do want to spoil yourself to a little sushi I would recommend making your own at home without the additives or having pieces without rice and sauce.
All yogurt will have naturally occurring sugars as a by-product of milk, but some have insane amounts of added sugars to boost the taste. If sugar is one of the first ingredients on the label, try a different kind. Rather spend a few minutes trying to find a yogurt that has higher amounts of protein and lower sugar such as an unflavoured greek yoghurt.
While you shouldn’t stop eating every little thing you see just because it contains some sugar, carbs or calories, you should still keep in mind the macro intake of each meal. Most importantly and this applies to all food, moderation is key.