Worst Dieter Foods

Many dieters mistakenly eat food they think is helping them lose weight but is actually hurting their efforts. Advertisements, misinformation, and the next diet fad, all contribute to weight loss confusion. Here is a list of foods that many mistakenly think help with weight loss:

Frozen dinners – they’re cheap, convenient and offer portion control, but are often loaded with sodium and additives. They also rarely provide enough protein or vegetables to satisfy your nutrient intake and will leave you hungry and into the snack cupboard before long.

Alternative: prepping meals ahead of time, making some easy freezer meals, like chili or soup, Make some time on the weekend and cook up a storm. Take leftovers for lunch.

Too much fruit – fruit is full of nutrients and should be part of your daily diet, however, too many people over indulge. Yes, it’s good for you, but it’s also very high in sugar.

Alternative: 2-3 fruit servings per day. A serving is about 1/2 cup, or a full apple. Tropical fruit is higher in sugar then berries, so opt for the local fruit down the road.

Protein shakes – good for post-workout or a little pick me up, but drinks from stores are often full of additives, sugar and contain too much protein for weight loss.

Alternative: make your own at home so you know the ingredient list. Try almond milk, yogurt, brown rice protein powder, flax oil, and frozen fruit of your choice.

Fat-free food – well its fat-free and low-calorie so it MUST be good, right? But to make fat-free taste so good , they often enhance it with artificial flavors and sodium, while lacking essential fats and nutrients. There are “good” and “bad” fats, and it’s the “bad” trans fats we want to stay away from. People tend to over eat fat-free food because they don’t feel as guilty eating it and it’s less filling, leading you to over indulge.

Alternative: it might seem odd to recommend eating full fat foods, whether it’s sour cream, butter or yogurt (in moderation!). You will eat less, avoid additives and consume more nutrients.

Foods with MSG – try finding a Chinese food restaurant that doesn’t use MSG (monosodium glutamate). It may also be hidden in fat-free salad dressings, dips, seasonings, or soup. MSG is a chemical, leading to an over toxic body.

Alternative: make your own, read the ingredient list, look for alternatives.

Diet pop – it’s calorie- free. But study after study has linked weight gain to diet pop. Aspartame is highly addictive and a chemical to our systems.

Alternative: water! There are alternatives to pop on the market that don’t contain artificial sweeteners or caffeine. Look for pop sweetened with stevia, and if you really need that fix you are better off with half a can of regular pop.

Think quality! Get away from prepared, processed, and refined foods, and the weight will look after itself. 

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About Hannah Pidgeon, RHN

Graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2011. Consulting in Charlottetown, PEI. Mama to a beautiful baby girl.
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