The packaging might scream “diet” or “low fat” or some other marketing phrase designed to attract the health conscious. But these seven sins of snacking, eating and overeating can bust a diet, no matter the pretty phrasing:
1) “100 Calorie” Packs: A study showed that people who ate from pre-portioned packages of snack food ended up eating more than those presented with the bigger container. It’s only 100 calories if you eat just one.
2) “Diet” Treats: Diet doesn’t mean healthy. All it means is that it has less calories than the regular version, even if that “less” barely makes the scale move. A better bet? Go with the full flavor treat, but limit yourself.
3) Liquid Calories: Juices without any actual juice, sodas and even cappuccinos with sugar can add up on the gut.
4) Super Snacking: Two snacks at around 150-200 calories each is good. Constantly snacking at oyur desk while at work is bad.
5) Rich Proteins: Sirloin delivers a lot of protein, which is wonderful – but it also delivers an almost-equal amount of fat. Lean turkey, however, or fish, deliver a better good-to-bad ratio.
6) Fat-Free Salad Dressings: Most of these are loaded down with sugar, meaning you’re still taking in bad calories. Stick with a full-fat dressing, make it oil-based (rather than creamy) and use a little less.
7) Baked Potato Chips: Better than the others? Maybe. But there’s still no nutrients and a good deal of wasted calories. Go with popcorn instead – higher in fiber and much lower in calorie count.
Any of these look familiar? And how do you secretly sabotage your diet?
[Source: That’s Fit]