These are 5 healthy foods that are actually…not that healthy. In fact many people think that these foods will help them lose weight, but it’s a lot more likely to make them gain weight than anything. If you’re working hard to see some weight loss make sure you’re eating healthy foods that fill you up not fad diet foods.
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Today, I want to go over 5 foods that are marketed as being good for you, but in reality they’re actually making you gain weight and body fat. The crazy part is that right now, even if you have a lot of experience with keeping your diet clean you might still think these foods are healthy and helpful. But the reality is that any one of these so called healthy foods that I’m about to go over can easily cause you to get fatter rather than leaner. Let’s jump right in and start First with protein bars. I know you probably weren’t expecting protein bars because they’re promoted as an ideal source of protein if you constantly find yourself on the go. And there’s no doubt that most protein bars will provide a lot of the amino acids you need to recover, feed your muscles, and boost your metabolism. But many of these protein bars are helping you recover and build muscle at a price. And that price is extra body fat. The truth is not all protein bars are created equal and I’m sure that the protein bars that a lot of you are eating could be making it much more difficult for you to stay lean. Realistically there are four things that you want to look out for when choosing the right protein bar if your goal is to stay lean. The first one, is that they usually contain a lot of sugar or artificial sweeteners to make them taste better. Without some sort of sweetener, protein bars would be pretty gross in texture and bland tasting. That’s why most manufacturers feel the need to spice up the taste with some sugar. Sometimes that can be as much as 30 grams of sugar per protein bar. This can pretty much turn your healthy protein bar into a candy bar, or a can of coke and if you’re snacking on these randomly throughout the day, you’re going to be adding a lot of excess calories to your diet. In fact we can see just how unhealthy many of these protein bars are by looking at a recent report by the Protectivity Insurance Company. In this report the calories and sugar content of 50 popular protein bars were analyzed. They found that a third of the bars contained more saturated fat than a glazed donut from Krispy Kreme! On top of that, ten of them had more sugar than a Krispy Kreme donut. All of that sugar drives up your calorie count very quickly. When you have a protein bar that you can demolish in a few quick bites, but it still packs 400 calories, it’s not hard to see how two or three bars a day can push your daily caloric intake way too high. On top of that the sugar found in these protein bars will be treated just like the sugar found in candy, which means it’ll spike your insulin levels making it much harder to burn fat. Another problem is that a lot of protein bars use soy protein. The problem with many of these soy protein bars is that they can negatively impact your testosterone levels and raise your estrogen levels. Having a couple soy protein bars here and there won’t sky rocket your estrogen levels, but if you’re eating other sources of soy in addition to the protein bars you may cause some unwanted changes to your hormones.
Portion control study showing we eat more of foods we think are healthy . . .
metastudy . . .
A 2013 review published in the European Journal of Nutrition reported less weight gain and a lower risk for obesity among people who ate full-fat dairy products. New research is revealing that when the amount of fat is reduced in the diet, it’s replaced with sugar or carbohydrates, which can result in an array of lipid abnormalities.