There exists quite a few foods that despite being packed with nutrition may not be conducive to your weight loss goals. Smart for Life outlines the foods you should shy away from while dieting in our diet guide(which is included in every order), but here's a fresh roundup of some popular foods you should avoid.
1. Tropical Fruits
A lot of people turn to fruits when they decide to eat healthier, and that's great. Filled with antioxidants and accompanied by great tastes, fruits can be a really great way to start eating healthier. However, they also contain a lot of natural sugar and tropical fruits like mangos and pineapples contain quite a few hidden carbs. Consume in moderation!
Often regarded as the go-to sweetener for dieters, honey has a lot of great things going for it. With anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, honey is good for the body but only in moderation. The calorie density is higher than that of normal sugar, so it's important to use honey in moderation.
3. Peanut Butter
The world has long moved past the notion that all fats are unhealthy. Peanut butter contains some very healthy fats, but with fat comes a high calorie count. Just one tablespoon of peanut butter can mean 200 calories, and the peanut butter you buy in the store is typically PACKED with extra sugar. Proceed with caution weight-conscious dieters!
4. Natural Yogurt
If you're looking for a healthy source of protein from dairy products, natural yogurt is an excellent option. It's said to help with bone strength, digestion and keeping you feeling fuller, longer. However, it's yet another popular product that features high fat content. Stick to just a spoon or two for dessert if you're trying to lose weight.
Nuts are like taking a multivitamin; featuring Vitamin E, iron, potassium, zinc, antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids. But, like many of the other products listed here, they're very high in fat and are very easy to binge on. Resist the temptation, use in careful moderation.
Ahh coconut. We've written about coconut quite a few times. There is a wealth of misinformation on the internet about the pros and cons of coconut that causes many dieters to simply overdo it. With a high lauric acid content, coconuts can help improve your digestion as well as boosting your immune system. Once again, it still remains to be a high-fat food, so watch your consumption.
As you can see, dieting can be like walking through a field of landmines that can lead to weight loss plateus. The Smart for Life program provides nutritious, calorie-conscious food that doesn't take any preparation. If you're looking for a no-hassle diet program with proven results, visit our shop here.