With the rise in popularity of the Internet, many opinions have started circulating online regarding what foods should be included in an appropriate diet that not only helps us lose weight fast, but also keeps us healthy and provides the necessary nutrients.
Unfortunately, due to the very nature of the online medium, many of this opinions are uninformed and cause the unnecessary birth of myths surrounding certain foods. There are many foods that are considered healthy which can increase your weight gain if you’re not careful. Here are a few of them.
There are many alleged health benefits regarding the consumption of one to two glasses of red wine per day. While the fact that it reduces the risk of heart disease is true and its benefits in fighting Alzheimer’s and cancer have been debated by the medical community for a while now, the fact that red wine helps you lose weight is completely untrue. Red wine, much like all types of alcohol in general, is actually a contributing factor to weight gain.
What could possibly be fattening when it comes to nuts, oats and dried fruits, a.k.a. trail mix? The problem here is that most brands add extra ingredients like honey, sugar and even chocolate in order to surreptitiously improve the flavor of the product. Even though these things are stated on the ingredient list, how many of us actually bother to check that? A healthier alternative might be to make your own trail mix at home, or at least check its ingredients closely in the store before purchasing it.
Delicious fruit or vegetable smoothies have long been a staple in any diet. What makes them so attractive is the fact that you can pick and choose your own favorite ingredients in order to create the perfect drink that is both refreshing and satisfying. While a small serving of a fruit or veggie blend does essentially no harm when it comes to weight, the trouble here starts when we let ourselves carried away and start adding ingredients like chocolate or peanut butter for extra flavor.
Another long time favorite in any diet, tuna is a delicious and healthy way to spice up any boring salad, and make your meal tastier and more filling. The problem with tuna salad is the fact that many restaurants put in a mayonnaise-based dressing in order to enhance the flavor of the tuna. You’re better off making your own salads at home, as long as you keep in mind to go easy on the mayo.
While plain yogurt poses no threat to our weight, the problems here begin when we choose flavored yogurt. The added flavors and pieces of fruit can double the calorie intake that a normal cup serving of yogurt has. Even though it is very tempting to choose the flavored varieties because they are tastier and seem like a healthy dessert, you aren’t doing your diet any favors with it.