Thursday, June 16, 2011

Calories in Disguise – Which Foods to Avoid While Trying to Lose Weight

There are many foods out there that seem small and insignificant, but are actually loaded with calories. Even though you may not fill as if you ate much, the calories are still in your body and will need to be burned off, just as if you would have ate a large meal. These calories in disguise may just be lurking in your favorite foods and beverages. Below is a list of common places to find these unwanted calories:

Pop, Tea and Other Beverages – The majority of people drinking a soft drink, glass of tea or cup of coffee at some point throughout the day. However, while you may love these beverages, they are full of lots of calories. Take soda for example, most 12 oz. cans contain a minimum of 150 calories per can…and sweetened tea can be just as bad. Drinks that are sweetened with corn syrup (some teas and lemonades) or sugar have extra calories that you don’t need.

Condiments – A lot of people don’t think twice before making a sandwich for lunch when they’re on a diet. However, it’s easy to make a sandwich unhealthy by adding condiments full of calories in disguise. A few of these condiments are processed cheese slices, ketchup and mayonnaise. Therefore, be especially careful when making sandwiching or ordering burgers/sandwiches from restaurants.

Alcohol – You may not realize it, but that cocktail you ordered with your meal is full of calories. Some alcoholic beverages contain heavy cream, extra sugars and other additives. Liquor and whiskey are a couple of the worst to drink. For example, did you know that every tablespoon of whiskey has 60 calories in it?

Pre-packaged Food – Most of us buy pre-packaged food every time we go to the grocery store, but if you are on a diet, then you need to read the ingredients before purchasing these foods. There are a lot of disguised calories within them. Most of these foods have high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils and other unhealthy ingredients…that add calories. This is even true for salad dressings!

The thing to really watch for is the high fructose corn syrup because it gets past your body’s “alarm” for recognizing it, which means you won’t feel like your full when you really are. This is especially bad if you are trying to lose weight because you’ll eat more than you really needed to.

Weight-loss Foods – There are a lot of pre-packaged foods out there specifically for those looking to lose weight, but don’t do a lot to help. This is because they have “empty” calories in them, which will make you hungrier more often…causing you to overeat. Some of these foods include chocolate-coated granola bars and 100-calorie “snack packs.” Just be careful with these pre-packaged foods – you don’t want to be eating a lot of empty calories, because regardless if the calories are “empty” or “full,” they are still calories and will make you gain weight when you eat more than you need on a daily basis.

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