3 "Diet" Foods That Will Ruin Your Diet

AmandaT By AmandaT, 25th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1ax6254_/
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Losing weight is hard and there are a lot of foods that are marketed as "healthy" or "diet" foods. Don't be fooled! They could ruin all of your hard work.

These Aren't "Diet" Foods

There are a lot of foods out there that people's minds quickly jump to when they think about dieting. I'll come right out and say that any healthy diet is going to have a mix of different foods. Everything in moderation is the way to go. That being said, there are some foods that people think, "Oh, this is a diet food, I'll just eat tons of these and lose weight" that aren't really has low-calorie or diet friendly as they think. Let's shed some light on these. Hopefully I can help at least one person stop making this mistake.

1. Rice Cakes

I've been overweight since I was a child and I remember my mom used to buy rice cakes all of the time and tell me to eat them instead of other snacks when I was hungry. I would always see girls in high school or on campus in college eating them because they were trying to lose weight. It was always the ones with just salt, so they were pretty flavorless. I guess that's why they thought they would help them lose weight.

If you don't know what a rice cake is, it's basically a hockey puck made out of puffed up rice, like giant rice krispies.

So, what's so bad about these? They don't really have nutritional value. They're all starchy, processed carbs. They're almost always made of white rice. They're also not very tasty or filling. They're just not a good use of the calories.

I'm not saying don't eat them, I'm just saying don't fill up all of your snacks with rice cakes. Honestly, a snack with some protein, fiber, and healthy fats will actually keep you full longer anyways. If you must have a rice cake, try adding some humus to the top to make it more filling and give more nutritional value.

2. Granola Bars

This is another snack I got a lot as a kid. It's got "nature" on the wrapper and is full of grains, it's gotta be healthy, right?

Well, these are actually PACKED with calories and have a ton of sugar. They're usually made with corn syrup (or honey flavored corn syrup) to bind them together. Many have candies or chocolate in them. Almost no granola bar comes with a good amount of fiber or protein in them. They're just carb filled sugar bars.

Go ahead and grab one when you need a sweet snack, but once again, there are healthier snacks out there. A good alternative is to make your own trail mix with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. If your daily calorie allotment allows it, go ahead and drop some chocolate in there too, just don't go overboard!

3. Gatorade

How many dieters do you know that switch to Gatorade instead of soda? It's a sports drink, which is what you drink when you're getting more active, or at least that's what I thought. Nope... check the label! It's basically water with sugar and salt. It's meant for athletes who are sweating so much they need the extra sodium and sugar, not for the average dieter.

It's actually got quite a few calories in it. You'd be better off with some unsweetened tea, lemon water, or my favorite - lemonade made with stevia.

Were You Fooled?

I know I used to think a lot of these were fine to snack on like crazy. I would eat 5 or 6 rice cakes a day as snacks, granola bars between classes, and drink tons of Gatorade. I wasn't sure what I was doing wrong. Boy am I glad I've learned my lesson and started looking at labels!

Which "diet foods" have you fallen for?


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author avatar happyfeetmama
25th Jul 2013 (#)

oh no, rice cakes and snack/granola bars are not? hehehe i like snacking on those granola bars though

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author avatar Johnny Knox
26th Jul 2013 (#)

Good to know :)

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author avatar Evanxbls
27th Jul 2013 (#)

I can't do without the granola bars or Gaterode. That is solid advice for dieters though.

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author avatar sukkran
27th Jul 2013 (#)

good suggestions. thanks

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