Avoid These 15 Belly-Busting Treats That Will Sabotage Your Diet from Avoid These 15 Belly-Busting Treats That Will Sabotage Your Diet

Avoid These 15 Belly-Busting Treats That Will Sabotage Your Diet

Avoid These 15 Belly-Busting Treats That Will Sabotage Your Diet

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Avoid These 15 Belly-Busting Treats That Will Sabotage Your Diet

Avoid These 15 Belly-Busting Treats That Will Sabotage Your Diet

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To help the body lose fat and keep muscle, people have to use more energy than they take in. The reality is that it takes time, and varies depending on age, fitness level, nutrition status and effort. One way that applies to everyone and that will always lead to positive results is eating healthy and avoiding bad snacks.

Flavored yogurt

Flavored yogurt

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Nutritionists don’t recommend flavored yogurt. They are often filled with added sugar and artificial sweeteners. Just a small 8-ounce serving of the sweet dessert can have as many as 47 grams of sugar. That is more than what the American Heart Association says is acceptable for both men (38 grams) and women (25 grams) a day. If you want to eat yogurt and fruits, you are better off purchasing them separately and mixing them in a bowl.

Popcorn at the movies

Popcorn at the movies

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Popcorn itself is a healthy snack because it provides fiber, protein and carbs. This is an exception when you’re at the movies because the popcorn is basically covered in salt and butter. Eleven grams of oil-popped popcorn has 116 mg of sodium. This is equivalent to 0.3 oz. How much popcorn do you really eat when you watch a movie? Also, the artificial butter flavoring on the popcorn is poisonous to the body.

All-fruit smoothies

All-fruit smoothies

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The more colorful, expensive and beautiful a smoothie is, the unhealthier it probably is, Lauren Antonucci, Board Certified Sports Nutritionist and Director of Nutrition Energy, says. People don’t register calories consumed from drinks but these beverages are easily 250 calories which is equal to an entire snack. If they have coconut milk or avocado, then the smoothie is like a full meal of about 500 calories. “All smoothies should have vegetables and protein, otherwise they are not very useful,” she adds. Also, certain smoothies, especially those served in chains sometimes add sugar and artificial sweeteners for better taste. A large latte has as many as 350 calories.

Sweet cocktails

Sweet cocktails

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You may go out with friends or coworkers to relax after a tough week but be careful what you order to drink. The clearer the drink the better. Alcohol gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream increasing glucose quickly, and doesn’t get digested like normal food does. “Pair that with the sugar that spikes your blood sugar levels and now you’ve got a synergy of two evils […] and it’s like drinking a liquid candy bar,” Carly Pollack, certified clinical nutritionist, says.

Granola bars

Granola bars

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“Most commercial bars have a lot of sugar,” Antonucci says. “You are always much better off choosing products with real food,” she adds. If the ingredient list of an item is too long, and includes things like corn syrup, you should not be eating it. A good rule of thumb is to pick granola bars that have less than 10 grams of sugar per bar.

Breakfast cereals

Breakfast cereals

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Breakfast cereals may be delicious but they are full of sugar and will only give you a quick energy boost and then you'll crash. Cereals with marshmallows and chocolate puffs are obviously high in sugar, but just how much sugar may surprise you. The Environmental Working Group examined the sugar content of 84 cereals and found 54 of them contained more than 24 to 26 percent sugar by weight. Kellogg's Honey Smacks, at 55.6 percent sugar, was the worst. Cereal is also surprisingly high in salt.

Some sushi

Some sushi

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Avoid the sushi rolls are made with cream cheese. Also, opt for brown rice instead of white, which is what they are usually made with. White rice has no nutritional value. When you combine the ingredients in just one roll with soy sauce, you have just turned a healthy meal into a high sodium disaster.

Dry fruits

Dry fruits

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Fruits have sugar. But sugar is often added when they are dried. Most dried fruits, which are a more concentrated source of nutrients, are more than 50 percent sugar, according to Livestrong. That’s why the recommendation is to avoid eating more than half the fresh fruit size. Among the dried fruits with the highest sugar content are currants, sweetened dried cherries and sweetened dried cranberries.

Cheese crackers

Cheese crackers

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Crackers are not going to make you feel full, certainly not for a long tim (See: 15 Most Fulfilling Foods that Will Help You Lose Weight). They are low in fiber but high in sodium. They don’t have a big nutritional value and provide no energy. Some baked crackers even have high fructose corn syrup added to them during processing. You can buy whole wheat and high in fiber crackers. Read the labels and make sure you’re not getting the wrong kind.

Lattes

Lattes

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They are among the worst drinks for the body. A small size caffe 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.

Chips

Chips

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Potato chips contain maltodextrin, a food additive that has been linked to digestive problems, according to research. Just one cup of tortilla chips contains almost 300 calories, according to USDA. Also, they are often made with olestra, a fat substitute that adds no fat, calories or cholesterol, but it sticks to vitamins A, E, D and K and carotenoids, which are antioxidant nutrients, and flushes them out of the body, according to a study.

Diet soda

Diet soda

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Sugary sodas have been losing to diet ones for several years. Diet sodas taste the same as regular ones because they have artificial sweeteners. They play tricks on the brain in a worse way than sugary sodas. You increase your chance of Metabolic Syndrome, developing cancer, heart failure, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Rice cakes

Rice cakes

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This go-to healthy snack is not so healthy. Rice cakes rank high on the glycemic index, making it the kind of carbohydrate that will leave you hungry again in a couple hours, while also sending your blood sugar soaring.

Pretzels

Pretzels

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The biggest mistake people make when they eat in the office is consuming too much of what seems to be healthy foods like pretzels and nuts, according to Antonucci. Pretzels are made from refined flour, providing little nutrition and a lot of carbs, which means you’ll be hungry in no time. “You’re overconsuming way more calories and carbs,” she adds. They also have a lot of sodium.

Bagels

Bagels

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“Most bagels lack vitamins, minerals, fiber and are actually about 4 servings of carbohydrates per bagel,” Millie Wilson, My Fit Foods Registered Dietitian, says. Next time you need a bagel fix, try going for a whole grain bagel and add protein toppings to keep you full longer, such as a tablespoon of peanut butter, egg whites or mashed avocado, she adds.