It’s a new year. And with a new year, comes new resolutions. What’s at the top of your list? For many of us, it’s the goal to lose weight.
So you get rid of the junk food and replace it with healthy food. But even after foregoing unhealthy food, you still haven’t lost any weight.
If you’re struggling with weight loss, here are five foods many consider to be healthy that may be the culprit:
1. Red Wine
Research shows that drinking red wine may reduce your risk for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and certain types of cancer. But it still contains empty calories. After all, a 5-ounce serving of red wine is about 130 calories. So if you drink a fishbowl-sized glass, you’re probably consuming two servings of alcohol!
Get it guilt-free: Measure your alcohol. Pour your wine into a measuring cup, and then dump it into your glass. Better still, reserve it for a special occasion or avoid it altogether.
Anyone who has ever gone on a diet knows that salads are touted as the healthiest foods that you can consume. But if you eat a salad with a pound of bacon, cheese and a quarter cup of salad dressing, you’ve got a salad that is over 1,000 calories!
Get it guilt free: Make your own salad at home. Try a slice or two of nitrate-free turkey or half a grilled chicken breast. Add a tablespoon or two of raw cheese. Instead of fattening salad dressing, try a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Or avoid oil altogether and use vinegar.
3. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
Another favorite of healthy food stores, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is often praised as a good replacement for soy sauce. Yet this extremely salty sauce contains unfermented soy. It’s heat processed and made with hydrochloric acid. Salt apparently forms in its processing, plus glutamic acid which is the same as MSG. Eating too much salt and MSG can cause water retention. And many people are allergic to MSG. For me, MSG gives me headaches and I don’t like the taste of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, so I avoid it.
Get it guilt free: Try coconut aminos. Or avoid salt altogether. If you can’t do without salt, use a small amount of Himalayan salt. But once you start leaving salt out of your food, your taste buds will adjust.
Nuts are healthy, but it’s easy to consume too many. An ounce of nuts (about the size of a shot glass) has 14 grams of fat and more than 160 calories. But if you’re watching a football game or a movie, it’s easy to consume a cup of nuts – or more.
Get it guilt free: To get the nutritional benefits of nuts without all the calories, limit your serving size to 1 or 2 ounces a day. Try this trick I learned a couple of years ago: Count out 20 nuts and hide the rest of the container. If you like nut butter, stick with almond or cashew butter. And eat only 1 or 2 tablespoons of nut butter per serving.
Fruit. Fiber. Protein. Smoothies are completely healthy, right? Wrong! Smoothies often have too much sugar (fruit juice, sugary yogurt, and honey) and too many calories. For example, a small Jamba Juice Acai Super-Antioxidant contains 4 grams of fat, 260 calories and 46 grams of sugar. And a regular Peanut Butter Moo’d contains 480 calories, 10 grams of fat and 72 grams of sugar.
Get it guilt free: Make your own smoothie with just a few ingredients. Try a smoothie with a cup of frozen berries and a scoop of whey protein. Instead of sugary fruit juice or milk, make it with water! You’ll save tons of calories and avoid the sugar spike.
The bottom line is this: Not all “healthy food” is healthy, at least not in large portions. After all, too much food — even if it’s healthy — may lead to weight gain.
What all-natural foods would you add to this list? Leave your reply in the section below: