When it comes to eating healthful foods, it’s important to remember that everything has calories. In fact, some very healthy foods are also very fattening, and can seriously derail your weight loss plan. So even though they are packed with vitamins and minerals, it’s important to remember moderation when consuming them.
Avocado. A single avocado contains 10 grams of fiber and twice the potassium of a banana. It can lower your risk for diabetes and cancer, and many women swear by its ability to help create a beautiful, glowing complexion. But remember that avocados are packed with fat! It’s the “good fat”, but fat contains calories nonetheless. Indulge a bit, but take it easy on the guacamole!
Nuts. Just like avocado, nuts are full of the type of fat that is so good for your heart. But good fat is still fat, so exercise moderation! In particular, watch out for bowls of nuts at bars and parties. It’s easy to lose track of how many times you dip your hand into the bowl.
Protein bars. These are often a go-to staple when we’re busy and trying to cram workout sessions into our schedules. But remember to read the nutrition label before chowing down. Some of these snacks are packed with sugar and fat along with the protein! Choose a low-sugar brand instead.
Trail mix. This sounds like a wholesome snack for a day of healthy hiking and sunshine… But once again, some products are better than others. Some varieties of trail mix are packed with dried fruit sweetened with corn syrup! Others include chocolate and honey. Plus, it’s hard to remember appropriate serving sizes when you’re dipping your hand into the bag. If you love trail mix, look for varieties with low sugar, and buy single-serving bags to keep yourself in check.
Gluten-free foods. Even if you aren’t allergic to gluten, you may be attracted to these products. For some reason, the subliminal message behind those “gluten free” labels whispers, “healthy”. But if you aren’t allergic to gluten, there’s probably no need to bother with these foods. Some of them are actually higher in calories than their “regular” counterparts!
All of these foods can be great supports to your exercise and weight loss plan. Just remember that moderation and portion control are key. And as always, plenty of water and fresh fruits and veggies are the best way to go!