When you’re trying to lose weight, you reach for foods that say “diet” or “lite” because they are marketed like they are going to help us lose those pounds.
But, guess what?
Often the Big Food companies reduce fat and calories by adding sugars and artificial flavorings.
So, even if you’re counting calories and being so diligent, you can ruin your efforts by reaching for one sneaky sugary product.
Avoid These 5 Foods:
- Salad Dressing: To sweeten dressing, manufacturers add sugar. This is especially true for “lite” versions which take out more fattening ingredients and replace them with sugary substitutes. Make your own dressing with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Marinades: Skip marinades, skip bottled condiments in general! Grill your meats and enjoy the natural flavor or create dry rub marinades using fresh herbs. BBQ Sauce is one of the biggest culprits, a tablespoon of sauce of some brands can contain more sugar than ice cream!
- “Fruit on the Bottom” Yogurt: Save yourself major calories by buying plain yogurt and adding your own fresh fruits and nuts. Any yogurt with fruit on the bottom should be considered a dessert and not a snack because it contains more sugar than a smart snack should.
- Instant Oatmeal/Granola: Often, what may seem like a convenience food, like oatmeal packets, can do more harm than good. Oatmeals with dried “fruit” pieces are often full of sugar. Granola can be a great choice – as long as it’s not drenched in sugary extras.
- TV Dinners: Similar to salad dressings, cutting the calories means adding in sugars for taste. In this case, convenience can be more harmful than helpful. Take the time to cook at home OR, if you know you’ll have a busy few days, make a pot of healthy Cabbage Soup!
Drinks can be sugar traps, too!
Avoid Sipping These Drinks:
- Lite Soda: Whether it is advertised as Diet Soda, Low Cal Soda, or something similar, they all pack the same artificial taste and extra sneaky grams of sugar. Studies show these drinks are practically addictive, urging you to grab more throughout the day. You will feel lethargic, bloated, and hungry after having these calorie empty, zero satisfaction drinks.
- Coffee House Drinks: Just a reminder than anything covered in whipped crème and sprinkles counts as dessert! Drink a plain, hot coffee and add skim milk to lighten. Anything else is still dessert.
- Orange Juice: Another drink to watch out for is OJ. There are some light-on-the-added-sugar brands out there, so don’t give up on it completely, just check and compare labels at your local store.
- Apple Juice, Grape Juice: And the list goes on. If you love a sweetened drink, invest in a juicer or blender. Store bought juices are sugary traps – bad for you and for your children!
- Drink on The Go Packets: Watch out for those little packets of powder that you can add in drinks and in water bottles. Drink water, by itself, or add fresh fruit to taste. Those powdery packets are piled with sugar!
One Major SALT Trap!
Last thing, since we are on the subject of sneaky foods. During your Cabbage Soup week (and forever after), avoid Soy Sauce!!!! Not only does it contain way too much sugar for the serving size, but it contains loads of bloaty salt, too.
In conclusion, convenience type grab-and-go foods can be some of the sneakiest sugary traps around. You need to learn to reach for fresh fruits, in season veggies, and to really take the time to read labels before you buy!
Can you think of any other sneaky, sugary foods to add to this list?
To your health,