Losing weight can be a difficult struggle. Changing your lifestyle and eating habits is a challenging endeavor. Eating healthy and exercising is a great start for a weight loss plan, but it might not be enough. Many packaged foods at the grocery stores contain hidden calories. Foods that are branded “healthy” or “low-fat” and “low-sugar” can be incredibly high in calories. You may be eating unhealthy foods when trying to make smart choices.
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Reading the nutritional label is a great place to start when comparing “healthy” packaged foods. Always consider the portion size- a single serving portion might be divided into two on the label. Always be wary of “low-fat” foods, because they might have added sugars to keep the flavor. Likewise, “low-sugar” foods may have sugar alternative products added, and some of these products are quite controversial.
Eating whole, unprocessed foods can be a hidden source of calories also. Many fresh fruits and vegetables contain high levels of natural sugars. Legumes are high in carbohydrates and their calories can add up quickly.
It can be challenging navigating health foods, so here is our list of the 13 healthy foods to avoid for weight loss.
Whole Wheat Pasta
Substituting your normal white pasta for brown pasta is a great step towards a healthy diet. Unfortunately it can also be a hindrance to weight loss. Whole wheat pasta is high in carbohydrates, which digest into sugars in the body. They may also be just as many calories as your favorite white pasta brands.
Julie Ching, registered dietitian says, “It’s best to read the nutrition food label to determine which is the best option for you.” However, if you want to forgo pasta completely, a good replacement would be spaghetti squash for a low carbohydrate option.