Many people wonder why they don’t lose weight when they follow a strict diet and exercise routine. One reason may be that what appears to be healthy is not necessarily healthy. Many foods and drinks contain hidden fat, sugar or salt, each of which will break your weight loss efforts. Apart from adding calories, these rich foods make you want to eat more.
Most of the effort to lose weight is to maintain a balance between calories in and out. If you are trying to lose weight or just looking for a healthier lifestyle, here are five mistakes that often hinder your efforts to lose weight.
All salads are good
Vegetables are good for you, of course. But salads contain other ingredients, which will increase your calorie intake. Caesar salad looks green with lots of leaves but this dish also contains hidden fat from processed pork (bacon) (8 grams of fat is equivalent to 360 calories), parmesan cheese (6 grams of fat = 340cal) and cream salad dressing on it (20 grams of fat = 770cal). Even the extra dry bread is fried. So a Caesar salad gives you 70% of your total fat daily intake for the average adult at one meal.
Which has the same content as a Caesar salad is a creamy pasta salad, which is often seen at family meals. A little cream salad as a side dish contains almost 920 calories. Fat provides the highest calories from food (followed by alcohol, which we will discuss again below). So be careful of serving, sauces, and high-fat foods that might add calories to your food.
Eat healthy snacks as a substitute?
Australians consume more than 30% of their calories from fast food, such as biscuits, chips and chocolate. None of these foods provide us with essential nutrients. This is the type of calories we need to reduce to lose weight. But many people make the mistake of exchanging fast food for “healthy snacks”, such as muesli cake slices and protein balls. Although these types of foods are claimed to be healthy and organic foods, they are types of foods that are processed and high in calorie content.
Although the muesli chunks consist of healthy elements, there is a sugar content in it. From
A slice of muesli does contain healthy ingredients such as wheat, beans and seeds. But these foods contain sugar which functions to attach muesli granules so that they can form bars. A slice of muesli with yogurt, fruit and nuts can contain up to 4.6 teaspoons of sugar. If you want to eat snacks, why not replace your muesli chunks with a handful of nuts and seeds. This will give you useful vitamins and minerals, without sugar content.
Natural sweeteners are better than sugar
Recently many people have switched to more natural artificial sugar, even though there is no added nutritional content and it doesn’t reduce the number of calories either. The nutritional content of honey or agave syrup is no different from sugar. It might taste different, but you still add sugar.Because the fruit has a natural sweet taste and has additional content in the form of vitamins and minerals.
If you usually add sugar to coffee, try using soy milk instead of cow’s milk. Soy milk has a sweeter taste (but may need to get used to it first). Or try reducing the amount of sugar you add by half a teaspoon every week. You will hardly feel the difference after a while.
Anything made from fruit must be healthy
Banana is mashed into banana bread (banana bread) is not bread, but a sweet cake. If you have ever made banana bread, you will realize how much butter and added sugar is added to something that is naturally sweet already.
Meanwhile, fruit drinks generally only contain 25% fruit juice and sugar content is very high. But when you drink even 100% fruit juice, you lose important fiber that comes naturally from the fruit that helps your body feel full. So whole fruit is something good to eat.
Smoothies, though slightly better than fruit juices, can make you addicted. Smoothies are generally prepared in large portions and may contain syrup or ice cream, thereby reducing the nutritional value available. Smoothies may have unhealthy ingredients, but juice loses all the good content found in intact fruit.
Is it true that drinks cannot have a lot of calories?
If you are trying to lose weight, you already know that sweet soft drinks should be avoided. But some of the easiest mistakes to do are to consume liquid drinks. Many people do not realize how many calories are in alcoholic drinks. Red wine served in restaurants is equivalent to 1.5 standard drinks containing 480 calories.
So after two glasses of wine, you not only exceed the maximum limit of the two recommended glasses, but you also have consumed calories that amount is equivalent to eating two bowls full of corn chips. The same applies to beer. One glass of beer is equivalent to 1.6 standard drinks containing 615 calories. Of course, many of us don’t stop drinking after finishing one glass.