Many know a healthy diet is important for weight loss success, but they sometimes choose the wrong food.
Researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia suggest that people who are trying to lose weight need to avoid some common mistakes in their daily diet.
Eating too much ‘healthy’ snacks
Some snacks, such as low-fat yogurt, muesli bars, and protein bars, are healthy because they are low in saturated fats and added salt and high in whole grains and protein.
However, they are often highly processed and high in calories. In addition, they may be high in added sugar, which can lead to many health problems.
Eating too much salad dressing
It is true that eating vegetable salads can be healthy for the body and may help lose weight. But adding lots of salad dressing may make you eat much more calories than you thought.
For example, the creamy salad dressing in a Caesar salad may contain 20g fat and nearly 200 calories.
Many sauces and gravies people often add to their food also have high amounts of calories and fats.
Eating too much food that contains natural sweeteners
Many people believe that natural sweeteners are better than sugars, but in fact, natural sweeteners contain no additional nutrients and no fewer calories.
This means adding honey or agave syrup to your meal does not differ nutritionally from adding sugar to the same meal.
Eating anything fruit-based
Although eating fruits can be beneficial to your health, not all things fruit-based are healthy.
For example, banana bread has banana flavors, but it contains lots of saturated fat, added sugar, and calories. The food is highly processed and can be harmful to your health.
In addition, many fruit drinks only contain less than 30% of fruit juice and are very high in sugar.
Drinking too much alcohol
Alcoholic drinks such as wine and beer can have many calories. For example, an average restaurant serving of red wine is equivalent to 1.5 standard drinks and contains 120 calories.
One schooner of beer equates to 1.6 standard drinks which have 150 calories.
The researchers also suggest that it is important to eat slowly and chew carefully. This can help reduce overeating and help with weight loss.
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