One of the biggest myths when it comes to dieting is that you should eat a lot of low-fat food to lose fat.
This is a myth. Fat is an important part of your diet, and for the most part it has been given a bad reputation. I argue that fat (health fats of course) is not the reason for weight gain, but carbohydrates. This goes especially for foods like sugar which offer no nutritional value, are easy for your body to absorb, and are packed with calories. It’s the easiest way to spill over your calorie surplus and make your body store additional fat.
In this short article, I’ll take you through some of the biggest offenders in low-fat foods that want to you to believe they’re healthy. Although they may be low in fat, they’re packed with numerous other ingredients like salts and sugars to make up the difference – and this isn’t for the better.
Here’s some of the biggest upsets in the dieting world:
Many people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and when people think of breakfast what’s at the front of everyone’s mind? Cereal.
Cereal always pushes itself as a healthy food, a great source of fiber and vitamins. Another thing that they always claim is that they’re low fat.
This isn’t necessarily a good thing. Why? Because one of the main ingredients that is put into cereals, especially cereal that is aimed at children is sugar.
One of the main ingredients that you can come across that tips you off if you’re in for a high sugar cereal is if it contains granola. Granola is essentially rolled oats with honey and brown sugar. It may look healthy, but trust me, there are much better options out there.
Always check the label on the cereal, and be careful with what kind of mild you put on it.
Another food that many people claim is a healthy alternative to ice cream is frozen yogurt. Why? Because it is lower in fat.
It is constantly preached as the low-fat version of ice cream with the same great taste. The reason they are able to do this is because it is sweetened a lot with sugar.
Although it may not have the same fat content as ice cream, it has the same amount of sugar, if not more. The more of this sugar in your system, the more chance you have of developing diabetes in later life. It also increases your chances of gaining weight.
Peanut Butter that is Low-Fat
One of my favorite foods to eat on a diet is natural peanut butter. It is a great source of healthy fats and 25% protein. Peanut butter also contains a great source of vitamins and minerals which can help with overall health.
However, I draw the line at low fat peanut butter. This is something that I definitely do not eat in my diet.
Why? Because to reduce the fat content, you need to remove a lot of what makes the peanut butter so healthy. The nuts that make up peanut butter are naturally high in fat, taking them out of the equation is like removing the soul of the dish.
Low-Fat peanut butter fills the gap by replacing what it takes out with extra sugar and in some cases oils which can thicken up the peanut butter and still keep it tasting great.
This may be good for your taste-buds, but your waistline will notice the difference. Stick to the natural stuff
This is a big one, and a common trap to dieters everywhere: salad dressing.
The word “salad” carries a lot of weight to it. You think of perfect bowls flush with green leaves, tomatoes and a myriad of colorful fruits and vegetables all hand-picked with the purpose of making you healthy.
But what about the dressing? When you get a salad with dressing, it’s still salad, so it should be good for you, right? Wrong.
Salad dressing is a food that you should always read the label of before buying, using and consuming. Honey Mustard and Thousand Island Dressing are among the worst offenders and are absolutely loaded with sugar.
In conclusion, one of the main things you need to do when dieting is your own research. Don’t be swayed by fancy marketing that tells you what you should and shouldn’t eat. Let the science be your guide.
Frozen Yogurt, low-fat peanut butter, diet salad dressing, all foods like this are loaded in sugar and deliver far from the healthy lifestyle they claim to provide.
Be diligent with your food choices, and keep a watchful eye around the grocery store.