Are your healthy, go-to foods doing more damage than you think? Here are our top 5 foods you ought to cut down on for speedier slimming!
Breakfast bars are the grab-and-go option that see us through a hectic morning, but do they really live up to their healthy reputation and offer the nutrition you need to kick-start the day properly? On the surface, the majority of cereal bars appear to be a healthy option, marketed as sources of iron, calcium, fibre and protein, but, behind the clever marketing, the truth about what's really inside is quite surprising. Recent research found that some seemingly wholesome cereal bars were in fact, laden with sugar and saturated fats. One chocolate flavoured cereal bar was found to contain more sugar than a regular milk chocolate bar with over 40% of its calories coming from sugar alone.
Fruit juice must be good for us, right? Fresh fruit juices are a good source of vitamin C but high in fruit sugars so high in Checks. A big glass of fruit juice can make your blood sugar levels spike and crash. Then you crave more sugar sooner rather than later. Go for the whole fruit instead. It's higher in fibre and takes longer to eat. Drinking fruit juice isn't the best choice for weight loss so if you cant live without it while losing - that might be the better option. If you simply must have it, try diluting fresh orange, apple or grapefruit juice with sparkling water to help the Checks go further! Remember to count those Checks and deduct from your Flexicheck allowance.
Did you know that there can be more fat in a bowl of toasted muesli than in a plate of bacon and eggs! Toasted muesli can be cooked with honey and oil! Any mix of grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruit is also very high in sugar and some manufacturers add even more sugar to that! It has filling power and bags of nutritional value but can be the worst choice for weight loss. Make sure you purchase a sugar-free, non-toasted muesli or even better, go for porridge served hot with some ground cinnamon some dried cranberries for a Feelgood filling breakfast!
Snacking on salted peanuts is definitely not a good healthy choice but, yes, you are allowed to eat nuts on a healthy eating plan! In fact they are high in omega-3 fatty acids which is fantastic for our health and for slimming. Some nuts even lower cholesterol levels and improve circulation and ease symptoms of depression. Unsalted is a must and almonds are a great option. count nuts at around 6 Checks for 25 grams.
Delicious and packed with nutritional goodness but you are much better off eating the fruit whole as opposed to blitzing and swallowing as a quick drink. Whole fruit usually has a higher satisfaction factor. Combinations of fruits and yoghurt or ice-cream can be a high-Check treat that can be finished in 3 or 4 gulps! Fruit contains natural sugars that your body needs time to digest. By eating fruit whole, you allow your digestive system time to break it down, where as drinking it blitzed, gives your body a fast hit of sugar, making your energy levels spike before crashing. If your body cannot burn the energy quickly enough, it can affect your losses.