Are You Inadvertently Sabotaging Your Diet Plan?

By Ariane Friedman
We all know that the best foods for our diets are lean meats, whole grains and healthy fats. These food items fill us with protein along with energy. They keep our bodies nicely balanced nutritionally but don’t stuff us full of empty calories that will later have to be burned off at the gym. Did you already know however that a number of the diet foods you’ve been eating may have been hindering your ability to lose weight? They could possibly be even adding calories to your body! Here are a number of the foods that may be undermining your diet attempts.

Sports Drinks are not helping you whatsoever. You’ve almost certainly been told that if you want to help your body replenish itself after a work out, you should drink a sports drink. Most doctors will let you know, though, that if your training isn’t going to go over ninety minutes then you really should be fine just by drinking water. Sports drinks could completely undermine your diet because they are filled to the brim with sugar, empty calories and artificial colors and flavors. Try having some chocolate milk instead. Your body uses the sugar in the chocolate for muscle repair and everyone knows how good milk is for you.

You do not need protein shakes. So many people think that drinking a protein shake is a good way to halt cravings when it isn’t meal time. When you are eating an usually healthy diet, however, a protein shake simply sends you into protein overdose. Converse to typical belief, protein isn’t really stored as muscle tissue fiber, it is stored as fat. This means that if you have already consumed too much protein that day, your body will merely store what it doesn’t need in your fat cells and that doesn’t help you lose weight or inches of your waist line at all.

Pre-packaged deli meat is not very nutritious at all. You likely are convinced a sandwich that is produced from pre-packaged lean deli meat and whole grain bread is a pretty good lunch. The real truth is that pre-packaged deli meat has a large amount of preservatives and can provide you with about a third of your suggested sodium ingestion for the day. This can be especially harmful if you are at risk for heart disease. Rather than buying pre-packaged deli meat, choose some home cooked chicken or the deli meats that is newly sliced at your deli counter. Sure these are generally a lot more expensive options but they are tremendously healthier for you.

There are all kinds of things that we think will help us lose weight: eating a whole wheat bagel in the morning, by way of example is actually a lot worse for you than a bowl of oatmeal with some cinnamon sprinkled into it for flavor. Ask a medical professional which food items are right for you and then eat those. If you understand and are watchful about what sort of food you let yourself eat, losing weight isn’t going to be a terribly big deal.

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