Why Those Seemingly Healthy Foods Are Not Helping You Lose Weight.

smoothieAre you frustrated because you’ve been eating healthy but not losing weight? It’s easy to overdo seemingly healthy foods. It doesn’t help that some of those foods are as healthy as we are led to believe. I know, I’ve been there too.

Granola bars that don’t have much protein but do have a lot of sugar. Green juices that have 28 g of sugar but no protein or fiber to help keep you full. Fruit, which I love, is a natural sugar but we are meant to eat 2 – 3 servings, not 5! Packaged oatmeal and flavored yogurts have hidden sugars as well. Sugars are a big reason why we’re not losing weight.

If you look at reduced fat and fat-free foods you notice that the sugar content is higher than their full fat counterparts. Reduced fat peanut butter has more sugar than regular and it often has less protein. Once fat is removed from a food it needs additives to make it taste good and have the mouth feel we crave.

I’m not afraid of fat and I don’t choose fat-free foods. We need it to process fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K and we need it to build hormones. It also helps to keep you full. It is, however, calorie dense and if you are looking to lose weight it’s something to pay attention to. Choose the avocado, nuts or the cheese – not all three at every meal. But do have a little healthy fat at each meal, you need about 1/4 cup of healthy fats per day.

I generally do not count calories but I am a big fan of portion control. It’s one of the things I like about the 21 Day Fix Program. They send little containers that help you portion out your food so you can take your lunch or dinner along with you and not worry about if you’re overeating. It’s eye-opening to see what an actual serving of meat, grains and oils looks like.

I don’t recommend measuring out leafy greens and low starch vegetables, unless you tend to skimp on them. The calorie content is low and the fiber content is high, they’re great to help you fill up at a meal. Since there are so many options it helps keep meals interesting, colorful and crunchy. (Crunching is a great stress buster)!

Need more tips and tricks? Are you curious about the 21 Day Fix Program or Shakeology and how they can help you on your healthy journey? I’m happy to chat with you, send me an email: janinemchale@empoweredplate.com.