10 Popular Food and Drink Sugar Bombs to Avoid!

Hello there,

sugarWhen 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…

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,

  • Elaiine

    All your messages are very valuable and I love having more reminders regularlly.

  • Lisa Lee

    Hai I just made cabbage soup but I only add cabbage,ginger,onions,carrots,chicken cube and ground chilie is it okay?

  • popie

    I finished cabbage soup diet ,never cheated i lost 3kg in one week,i stopped for a week,ate fruits and veggies but gained 4kg what did i do wrong?

    • Are you saying the week that you stopped the diet the next week you only ate fruits and veggies and gained weight? I don’t know how you could have gained weight unless you used heavy butters and creams. It wouldn’t make sense.

  • LGH

    Can you drink light muscle milk on day 4?

    • From what I’ve reviewed on the internet I would say no because it still has a lot of calories in it.

  • Caroline

    Is unsweetened hot cocoa a good alternative when you’re cold and tired of tea?

    • Hi Caroline,
      When you are on the Cabbage Soup Diet you are not allowed to drink the unsweetened hot cocoa. When you are off of it then that is a good low calorie drink to satisfy a sweet tooth.

  • jules70

    Is it okay to have unsweetened vanilla coconut milk or Unsweetened vanilla Almond Milk instead of skim milk on day 4?

    • Catherine

      Yes, that is fine! Add some cinnamon too for more flavor if you make a smoothie out of it!

  • Madeeha

    Can I eat Plain yogurt while cabbage diet plan ?

    • Catherine

      If you skip the milk on day 4 you can have plain yogurt that is the only day.

  • Jo

    Just wondering if avocados are ok for breakfast on day two?

    • Catherine

      Hi, No avocados this week they are too fattening! thanks!

  • Lilian

    Is it ok to eat veggies or fruit on day 5

    • Catherine

      Day Five:
      Beef And Tomatoes: Ten to twenty ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water this day to wash the uric acid from your body. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (but absolutely no skin-on chicken). If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for beef on one of the beef days (but not both). No fruit and no veggies except the tomatoes!!