12 Foods That Sabotage Your Diet from 12 Foods That Sabotage Your Diet

12 Foods That Sabotage Your Diet

You spend a lot of your time working hard to maintain your health and fitness; which is why you should never let temptations and cravings get the best of you. There are certain foods – as delicious as they are – that should be avoided at all costs.

Stay on track toward achieving your health and fitness goals; don’t let these foods lure you in.

Fruit Juice


Unfortunately, fruit juice isn’t always as fresh and natural as it may seem. Fruit juice can contain more sugar and calories than a sugary soft drink. According to Authority Nutrition, “after being squeezed from the fruit, the juice is usually stored in massive oxygen-depleted holding tanks for up to a year before it is packaged.” Even the highest quality juices are far from their natural state.

Sugar Alternatives


“Maple Syrup, Agave and so many other names that "healthy fashionistas" have pushed as a white sugar alternative,” Claire O'Meara, Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach, says. “Most of the sugar alternatives brandished healthy are nothing more than commercial overly processed, chemically induced, laboratory-generated, super-condensed fructose syrup with no actual health benefit what so ever.”

Fried Foods


Athletes would never eat fried foods, so neither should you. Fried foods are bad for your heart and take a long time to digest. They can also clog arteries and veins which can lead to strokes, heart attacks and aneurysms.

Energy Drinks

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Energy drinks are not only dangerous due to their high caffeine content, but they are also bad for your health. 8.4 fl. oz. of Red Bull contains 27g of sugar. There are 54g of sugar in 16oz Monster energy drinks, according to myfitnesspal.

Microwavable Popcorn


The artificial butter flavoring on the popcorn is poisonous to the body. There is harmful Perfluorooctanoic acid in the bag and it consists of toxic preservatives. However, it’s hard to imagine a movie without any popcorn; if you really need to satisfy this craving, consider air popping popcorn on the stove and using just a slight bit of coconut oil.

Flavored Coffee Drinks


Our go-to drink first thing in the morning, coffee, may actually be detrimental to our diets. Depending on how you like it prepared, you may be consuming a ridiculous amount of sugar. One grande Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks contains 66g of sugar. Other sugary coffee drinks include Dunkin’ Donuts Vanilla Chai – 46g, Au Bon Pain Frozen Caramel Latte – 91g, and McDonald’s McCafe Mocha – 42g.



“Soy alternatives have been deemed a better alternative than dairy and a great vegetarian option to choose from a good source of protein, but its phytoestrogens can mimic the effects of the female hormone estrogen,” O’Meara says. “This can be a real hormone disrupter for females.”



A small size cafe latte at Starbucks contains 190 calories, 17 grams of sugar and 150 mg of caffeine. A small white chocolate mocha Frappuccino has 38 grams of sugar, and only a tiny portion of it comes from milk. Also, be honest, do you really get a small-size of anything at a coffee shop? You’re better off sticking to regular coffee with (steamed) milk.



If a delicious and creamy slice of cheesecake is your go-to dessert, you may want to reconsider. The cream cheese, sugar, salt, eggs, sour cream, and whipped cream call for a high-caloric disaster. One slice of commercially prepared cheesecake contains about 18 grams of fat, 8 grams of which are saturated.

Fatty Fish


“Fatty Fish is an amazing source of omega 3 and should certainly be in your diet but where your fish is sourced could be the problem. Many cheaper sources of salmon that are farm fished and sourced are fed on natural sources - think pesticides for fish,” O’Meara says. “This means you are adding a chemical storm to your body. Always look for wild natural sourced salmon preferably wild Alaskan salmon.”

Gluten Free


“The trend of gluten free is at its all time high; yes some people actually truly are gluten intolerant, but a major surge in the wellness industry has led people down the aisle in the super market stocking up on gluten free products and not actually thinking that they are purchasing overly processed foods rather than just opting for fresh produce,” O’Meara says. “Yes being gluten free does have some benefits to gut health but forget the gluten free aisle and the cost you are spending as these products are nothing more than refined, processed junk foods.”

Diet Soda


Drinking diet soda has been linked to the development of metabolic syndrome and obesity. In a study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, people who drank two or more diet sodas a day had waist sizes that were six times bigger than those who didn’t drink diet soda.