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Health Foods That Aren't Healthy

Been on a weight loss diet for long, sacrificed all your favorite foods and still can’92t see much progress? More often than not, the reason for this is the touted health foods, which in fact are not so healthy.
Disguised as healthy food, these can actually derail your weight loss plan.
Read on to find out more about which foods are sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

    • Bran Muffins: A bran muffin from a bakery can pack up to 500 calories and as much as 25gms of fat. If you are thinking fat free bran muffins are better, think again. These contain more sugar, so that just increases the calorie content. If you are thinking about the fiber content, maybe you are being fooled there too because most commercially produced bran muffins have lower bran content, which means that the fiber content is also low. A better choice would be bran flake cereal with fat free milk, which packs only 200 calories and around five grams of fiber.
    • Energy Bars: Unless you are an athlete or are super active, energy bars are not a very smart choice when you are trying to lose weight. Although energy bars are packed full of nutrients, when it comes to weight, they are as bad as candy bars. Typically, a protein bar packs around 200 to 300 calories. You should consider energy bars as a treat and not as normal health food.
    • Tuna Salad: Tuna itself is a good choice, whether you are trying to get more omega 3 fatty acids or managing your weight. It is a great source of protein that keeps you full for longer than many other foods. However, when you add in all the additional yummy stuff to a tuna salad, it just spells disaster for your diet plan. Next time you order a tuna salad make sure you stay away from the mayo and the extra toppings, unless you want them adding to your waistline.
    • Granola: Although granola is seemingly made of all natural ingredients, it does not actually make a good option for dieters. While the ingredients individually are quite healthy, they are held together using oil that significantly increase the calorie and fat content. Some varieties may pack in as many as 300 to 400 calories.

Now that you know the culprits, steer clear of these seemingly healthy foods the next time you are at the super market to stay on track with your diet plan.