Can diet foods make you fat?

Absolutely, this is a food manufactures way of selling into the latest diet buzz. Do you really think that you can eat a bag of chips with the huge label “NO TRANS FATS” and believe its healthy.

How would you know?

Rule #1: Beware of the labeling. which is basically advertisement. Always check the ingredients. Yes, it may not have trans fats but it may have never have had trans fats to begin with. They are capitalizing on the latest fad.

The trap most people fall into is that fat free means calorie free. What I have observed is that typically fat free products have as many calories as the same products that have the fat or even more.  Some researchers in the health industry believe the misguided labeling is responsible for the obesity in our country.

Here is a valuable secret when it comes to eating foods that are labeled “fat free”, “low calorie,” “no trans fats,” etc. Maintain portion control. For example, you can eat ice cream sandwiches that are labeled weight watchers, under 100 calories or some other diet emphasized ad by keeping an eye on the portion.

I’ve noticed the food producers can provide you the taste and satisfaction you’re looking for with the thought of it not being bad for you  by reducing the size of the item. Great selling point, you can have some decadence without the guilt, utopia! Believe it and you can be part of the obesity problem. The problem  a lot of people have is the portion is small, so they will eat two or more.

Take a look at protein bars. The protein bar obviously boast about the number of grams of protein, which you need in your diet. Typically these bars are heavy in calories. What manufactures have done to reduce the calories is to reduce the size of the portion. This is a great way to approach your weight loss. You can sample foods that may not be the healthiest but limit the portion and limit the damage. Instead of several Scooby snacks try a discipline sandwich.

Sneaky Food Products that will Add Fat to your Abs

Juice – Awe….juice is good for you. It’s full of vitamins and minerals. You need your vitamin C, and it tastes good.  An 8 oz glass of orange juice has about 21 grams of sugar and over 100 calories. While some of the ingredients are  good for you, consuming too much would not be because of the high sugar content.

Enhance Waters these flavorful waters and sports drinks project it is the best thing since the fountain of youth. In reality, these over glorified drinks are typically fortified with high sugars, caffeine or fructose corn syrup. If you’re going to drink these energy drinks make sure you get your hour of strenuous exercise in or otherwise they do more harm than good.   For a good alternative, add a quarter cup of oj or grapefruit juice to a quart of water with a pinch of salt.

Restaurant Turkey Burgers are typically laden with the fattiest part of the bird along with the skin making it tasty but not as healthy as you think.  Adding a little mayo and cheese and your healthy meal is no longer healthy.  You can always ask about what kind of meat is actually used to make your burger. You may be better off with a grilled chicken sandwich.

Breakfast Cereals – are notorious for misleading the consumer about nutrition. Multi grain is all the rave. Check the ingredients. The first items should be whole wheat, rye, oat , or other. Also watch the serving size. It may seem like its low calorie, sugar and fat but it may also mean you can only eat one tablespoon. The rule is if you get more than 4 -8 grams of sugar per serving, then pass.

Fat Free Cookies – sounds good doesn’t it? The deal is that when the fat is removed from the food it typically loses flavor and not much calories. So what food manufacturers do is boost the taste and texture with other additives. Typically while these additives provide flavor they may add calories. Watch the serving size.

Diet Breads– may boast about fewer calories and still taste good, but chances are the bread is sliced a little thinner. Not a bad deal provided you understand what  you’re paying for. Check the ingredients. Manufacturers will add molasses or caramel to make the bread appear darker and richer while adding no nutritional benefit.

Olive Oil– is better nutritionally than butter or margarine because of the low ratio of saturated fat. However it still contains fat and all fat contains 9 calories per gram of fat, so use lightly.

Lite Beer– yes it has fewer carbohydrates, but it still has the calories. It is not considered low calorie according to the FDA until the product is less than 40 calories. A lite beer is usually around 90 calories or slightly more depending on brand.

FDA Food Labeling

LOW-CALORIEThe product has 40 calories or less per serving.

LOW-FAT

CALORIE-FREE: The product has less than 5 calories per serving.

FAT-FREE: The product has less than .5 grams of fat per serving.

REDUCED or FEWER CALORIES: The product has at least 25 percent fewer calories per serving than the non-reduced version.

I know first-hand how difficult it can be to change habits and drop weight. It is frustrating to have sacrificed by giving up your favorite foods while sweating through challenging workouts only to have maintained or in some cases added weight on.  Keep at it and your body will transform. It doesn’t happen overnight.  It happens with consistency. Don’t be deceived by advertiser’s claims. Read the food labels and use good judgment for your best abs diet.

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