The market is flooded with diet foods with high claims and no proof. People just grab one of these rigorously marketed diet foods on the go and wait for their weight go down. Here’s the truth! Not all of these so-called diet foods are as effective and some even lead to weight gain. Here is an explanatory list of the worst such diet foods that make you fat instead of slimming you down.
8 Popular Diet Foods That Actually Lead To Weight Gain
Low Fat Yogurt
Again the highly marketed low fat yogurt is something you should keep a close eye on. The problem lies in the name itself i.e. ‘low fat’. The removal of fat from yogurt has to be compensated with other additives to keep the taste intact. The additives include high fructose corn syrup, sugar and even worse artificial sweeteners. The most important thing to remember here is that dairy fat actually help in checking weight gain.
It has been widely acclaimed as a safer alternative to sugar. But you should think twice the next time you plan to pour agave nectar on your pancake instead of corn syrup. Agave nectar contains as much as 90% fructose as compared to 50% in sugar. This can adversely affect metabolism and lead to excessive weight gain. Fructose in excess leads to insulin resistance, high triglyceride levels, increased fat storage, etc.
Rich in fiber, these cereals are marketed as the best gift you can give yourself every morning. The worst thing about these breakfast cereals is that they pack in loads of sugar as well as refined carbohydrates. Processed cereal spikes up insulin levels and you end up feeding on fried snacks and even worse when blood sugar crashes.
Although labeled fruit juice, there might not be fruit at all and just flavored sugar water. Unlike real fruit which contains sugar within its fibrous cell walls, packed juices are devoid of fiber or pulp which does not stop you from pouring large amounts into your throat thereby resulting in a surplus of sugar in your body.
It is an energy dense snack and should be taken only when you are doing something that requires lot of energy for example some adventure sports like rock climbing. But taking trail mixes after a single gym session could be harmful as it is a combination of high-fat as well as high-carb diet. Dried fruits in trail mixes contain concentrated sugar.
Whole Wheat Bread
A lot of people are switching refined wheat bread with whole wheat bread without ever finding out if the latter is actually made from whole wheat. Whole wheat bread, especially the mass produced ones, are easily digestible and hence increase blood sugar levels and increase hunger cravings more easily. Also, whole wheat bread has higher GI (glycemic index).
To cover up the bland taste of veggies, people sprinkle salad dressing on them which is usually rich in soybean oil as well as corn syrup loaded with fructose. It is better to make homemade salad dressing with vinegar and olive oil.
It is interesting how quickly people reach out for a granola bar right after gym. But apart from nuts and oat, granola bars contain chunks of sugar and oil that upon overeating can trouble your metabolism. Besides, it spikes up energy levels which in turn get added to your waistline as fat.